As everyone looks to make the new year better than the last, some local veterans are hoping for a healthier year by starting a group to make their wish come true.

Joseph Henry was at a support group when he met a man and they discussed the possibilities of forming a group to exercise and support each other for a healthier new year.

Initially, they thought they would set up some kind of friendly competition. At no costs to the Veteran’s Administration, they would meet and work out together and then hold a weigh-in at the hospital. But, with the various health concerns of the participants, it was decided it would better if each person did what they could. Some may be able to  walk while those confined to a wheelchair may only be able to cheer from the sidelines.

Either way it would be a good thing for all involved.

To make sure the veterans are getting a good safe workout, there will be two trainers at the meetings. Henry hopes to see the veterans who participate lose weight and become more agile.

Henry said most veterans formed a camaraderie while in the military and learned working out together has benefits. One thing learned is accountability and also a group can “get something done.”

The first meeting is at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Claiborne West Park. The group will meet by the pond and begin their workout by walking.

Each week will be at alternate location. The following week they will be at a Beaumont park. For now they will alternate between the two park, but hope to add other locations. So far Henry has about 30 people interested in participating. He also hopes to add more veterans from Orange County all the way to Houston.

‘If we do it every Saturday, then they will have the opportunity to go at other times,” Henry said.

Veterans and their families are invited to attend and everyone work together for a healthier and happier new year.

For more information Henry can be contacted at or at 409-886-0075.

Pictured: Joseph Henry, 43, and Lenny Willingham, 52, are working together to make the new year a healthier one.