Rocky Mount VA, (March 25, 2014) The Franklin County Family YMCA will begin offering a free 90 day YMCA membership to soldiers recently discharged from military service. This “Welcome Home” program is the Y’s way of welcoming back our returning military and help ease the transition from military service to Franklin County.
“Our YMCA brings the family and community together, and that starts with providing the support and fellowship to those that help defend the USA. We want to give our returning heroes an opportunity to take advantage of all the Y has to offer,” says Jim Currie, CEO of the Franklin County Family YMCA.
Under this program, returning military and their families will receive full access to all Franklin County locations, over 100 group exercise classes, the swimming pools, the cardio and weight equipment, free child watch for their children, and a free fitness orientation.
"Numerous studies have shown that exercise and wellness programs can help alleviate anxiety and depression, as well as, provide obvious physical benefits,” says Pam Turman Fitness Director at the Y. To be eligible for this program, veterans need to bring a copy of their discharge form DD-214 by the YMCA in Rocky Mount and have been discharged in the last 6 months.
The Franklin County Family Y already offers a two week pass for military personnel that are on leave and this new program will deepen its commitment to our area service men and women. These “Welcome Home” memberships will be offered as a part of the Y’s Life Line scholarship program that already provides financial assistance for health and wellness programs, strength and balance programs for the elderly, and numerous child care services for residents of the greater Franklin County area. In 2013 the Franklin County Family YMCA made available more than $200,000 in financial assistance to residents of Franklin County.