In August, we brought you the story of a group of local veterans, struggling after an abrupt change in the VA hospital's policy that left them without a place to exercise. That's until Gold's Gym stepped up. Today, Gold's was honored for it's commitment to helping veterans in need.
It's an instance of heroes helping heroes.When a group of local veterans was left on its own to find a place to exercise, someone who really understood their needs stepped up. Before Dave McCann owned and operated the Gold's Gym on Regal and 57th in Spokane, he was a naval aviator.
When he heard that the VA hospital had cancelled it's minimally supervised exercise program, he saw an opportunity.
When we talked to members of that group in August, they worried that the cost of a gym membership was not an option for them, leaving them unable to complete physical therapy.
Working with the VA, McCann opened the doors of his gym to the 65 vets affected by the cancellation.
Thursday, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers presented McCann with a flag that once flew over the capitol, honoring his service to country and to his brothers and sisters in arms.
“It's great to see this example in our community,” said McMorris Rodgers. “Our veterans are clearly are those that have sacrificed and the way that we show our gratitude is making sure they get the care that they need.”
The veterans will receive a one year membership for free. For those with more serious therapeutic needs, they'll have access to trainers.
About 5 of the 65 have actually signed up for a membership, but McCann says having them there has had a positive impact on everyone.