OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA to offer military, vets and their families unique programs

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (March 23, 2016) - A long time project in Pike Township is getting new momentum, making the reality of a new full service YMCA in Pike Township closer than ever.

The YMCA announced a generous $3 million donation to the project and the donor will bare the name of the of the future Y.

The OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA was officially named at a ceremony on Wednesday.

The full service Y will be open to the public, but will also include programs, facilities and services tailored to U.S. military service members, veterans and their families.

“The Ortho Indy Foundation YMCA will be the nation’s first to feature veterans focused medical services. A new model that will likely be replicated around the country,” said Pike Twp. YMCA Steering Committee Co-Chair Aasif Bade.

The partnership between the Y, OrthoIndy and the Roudebush VA Medical Center, will be the nation’s first YMCA to feature such veteran-focused medical services.

“To partner with the Veteran’s Administration and the wonderful YMCA on a facility that would have lasting impact here in our community and for veterans all over Central Indiana, we are very grateful for this opportunity,” said OrthoIndy Foundation Chairman and U.S. Army veteran, Dr. John Dietz.

Iraq War veteran and YMCA committee member Josh Bleill says this Y will help get vets and their families in a safe community.

“It not only provides that physical of getting back into shape, it provides that mental, it provides a spirituality that they need to continue to go on living in the country that they defended,” said Bleill.

The $10 million project still needs $3 million to become a reality.

It could be less than two years before construction is complete at the future site of the YMCA at 56th and Lafayette Road.

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