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Broome County Executive Debra Preston says the first Returning Warrior Ten and Five Miler run  raised $3,000 for the Southern Tier Veteran Support Group.

The race drew 354 runners to Otsiningo Park November 9th and was organized by the STOP-DWI Program and the Southern Tier Veteran Support Group.

Officials say the goal was to raise awareness about the traffic safety challenges that some veterans face when they come back from overseas deployment.

Veterans groups say often those returning from deployment have issues adjusting to civilian driving skills that are much different from the way they had to drive in a war zone, including driving in the middle of the road, excessive speed, weaving through traffic and failure to use directional signals.

The Veterans Administration says vehicle crashes have become a leading cause of death among veterans in the early years after returning from deployment.

More information on the Returning Warrior Ten and Five Miler can be found at www.bcstopdwi.com.