New Jersey 1/22/15 Hoops for our Troops Night! Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

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Please join the Hasbrouck Heights Lady Aviators as we honor and thank all of the veterans and current servicemen and women in attendance for their service. 

All military persons are invited to attend the Girls Basketball game on Thursday, January 22 at 6:45 pm at Hasbrouck Heights High School in the New Gym.  Admission for military personnel is free.

Please join us as we show our gratitude for our Troops!!!

Location: 365 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604

 

NEPA 1/24/15 Homes For Our Troops ‘kick-off’ building project for Army SPC Roberto (Robert) Reyes Jr. in Hawley, PA

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Homes For Our Troops is coming to Hawley, PA !!
Homes For Our Troops Community Kick Off Event
SPC Roberto (Robert) Reyes, Jr.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Hawley, PA
Rally Time: TBD
11:00 AM Ceremony
SPC Reyes has been living in a VA Facility for 10 years and will now be getting a home of his own!
We have been asked to organize a flag line for the Community Kick Off Event.
Bring your 3×5 American flags, or come to support HFOT as they announce the project to the community.
You can also sign up to be a volunteer, or to donate services towards the project, while you’re at it!

On January 26, 2005 during his second deployment while moving with A Company, 1-8 CAV, 1st Cavalry Division in Baghdad, Army SPC Roberto (Robert) Reyes Jr. was ejected 20-feet in the air from his vehicle after it was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED). The impact of his fall and shrapnel embedded in his head from the explosion resulted in severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and partial paralysis. At the time, doctors at Walter Reed told SPC Reyes’ family that he probably only had 24 hours to live.

Now medically retired, Robert remains in the guardianship of his aunt, Maria Mendez-Valentin. Together with her husband Carlos, the two try to provide Robert with a nurturing and loving family as he continues to recover from his life-altering injuries. But since their home is not wheelchair accessible and Robert requires fulltime care and spacious accommodations for his medical equipment, they have no choice but to place him in residence at a VA facility in New York. Currently, this means traveling back and forth to see him from their home in Pennsylvania. The visits can be particularly heartbreaking for Maria and Carlos, as Robert will often become reticent and tell them “I want to go home.”
There is nothing more that Maria wants on this earth than to grant her nephew that wish. Having a specially adapted home, one equipped with a lift system that can move Roberto in and out of bed will be a godsend to Maria and the family. He will have room to freely navigate his wheelchair inside the home and go outside and feel the sun, too. He will even be able to bathe and shower in the privacy of his own home, unlike his current residence which requires his daily care to be outsourced at another facility. But best of all, says Maria, he will be able to spend holidays together carving turkeys and opening presents with the family-at home. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” says Maria on behalf of Robert. “Living in his own home will improve his outlook on life as he prays every day to be home.”
Robert used to love playing football and wrestling prior to his injuries. Maria says her goal in life is to be able to watch Robert cook. She looks forward to helping Robert rebuild his life through the gift of a specially adapted home from Homes for Our Troops. Says Maria, “Robert hasn’t really come home from war yet….home is where he needs to be.”

https://www.hfotusa.org/reyes

SEPA 11/15/14 Food Drive for Homeless Vets, Pottstown, PA

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It’s that time of year again, Second Brigade Motorcycle Club (SBMC) is gathering food for to feed “Homeless and Needy Vets”.  YES, you heard me .. HOMELESS VETS!   … these are two words that should never be said in the same sentence. SBMC gathers food to feed the homeless and needy Vets in the Reading, PA area all year long, hosting monthly stand downs at Reading Park.  

During the Holidays, this is even more important. Let’s help them, help those who gave their best to our Country.

Please consider bringing a donation of  non-perishable food items, a turkey, ham, etc. to the Sanatoga Thriftway located at 2190 E High St, Pottstown, PA 19464.  

Date: Saturday 11/15/14

Time:  10 am- 4 pm

Thank you!

SBMC Joint Ops Food Drive

 

Please join us for our annual Food Drive at the Sanatoga Thriftway supermarket – thanks very much to those folks for hosting us again! We’ll be collecting all types of packaged food for Christmas time deliveries to our shut-in and at-risk Veterans and their families. Hams, turkeys, canned goods of course! Ready-made is best, but we’re happy with anything you bring! Thank you all for all the years you’ve helped – and we hope to see you on 15 November from 10 until 4!

 


November 8, 2014
Reading PA

Here is a view of the SBMC helping Vets at a SBMC Veteran’s Stand Down

 

What’s a “Stand Down”? It’s an opportunity for our local disadvantaged Veterans to get a wellness check, new clothing, cool weather gear, toiletries and other necessities – including bed rolls, blankets and more – all free of charge to VetsVets: just bring your VA ID card or your DD214…we’ll get you squared away! (Don’t have one? We can help.) Wanna help out? Great – be at Reading’s City Park in Veterans’ Grove at 9am for a great day of helping our nation’s heroes – Veterans!
Every second Saturday of each and every month…rain or shine, we’ll be there, helping our Veterans. Come out and help…it’ll be the best day of YOUR month!

PA 10/5/14 SHORT NOTICE M&H FOR SSG Othoniel Cruz Rondon, US Army Collegeville, PA

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Warriors’ Watch Riders have received a request from the family of SSG. Rondon for one of our world famous M&H’s at a party the family is throwing for our hero. Here is a little about SSG. Rondon. 

He has been active duty for 10 years in the Infantry (Army). He has 3 beautiful daughters and a soon to be step-daughter (Evelyn, Dawn, Aaliyah and Khaleesi). Othoniel is originally from a small town in Puerto Rico. He has done 2 tours in Iraq and this tour in Afghanistan.

For this deployment he left in the middle of January 2014 and did not return until the end of August 2014. In this past tour he missed his beautiful daughter Khaleesi’s birth, who is now about to be 6 months old on Oct 8.

The family could not be there for his welcome home ceremony in El Paso, TX. It was very heart breaking for everyone.

He is very proud of being a Soldier and thinks of the Army very highly and loves what he does, even with all the heart ache and problems it has caused for him physically and mentally.

Othoniel hasn’t seen his daughters, Evelyn and Dawn, for 3 years  as  they live in the Philippines, it has been really hard on him. 

Rally Point: 130 West Main St. Collegeville, PA. 19426

Rally Time: 16:00 (4:00 PM) 

KSU: 16:25 (4:25 PM) 

Looking for ways to help AHW? I’ve got some ideas!

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Summer is over and things are going to get busy with the holidays coming up.. this also means the troops will be coming home more frequently to see family and friends.

I’d like to put together “Welcome Home Teams” to cover periods of time (creating a schedule)  and to cover areas of PA and NJ where the welcomes would take place.  I’m hoping this will make more efficient use of everyone’s time and resources. (Ideas are welcome)

Please contact me if you’d like to be a part of a “team’ where you live.   If there is a welcome home close to you, you would present the certificate and be a part of the planning for that particular welcome.  Similar to the Ride Captain for our sister group, the Warriors’ Watch Riders.  It’s very exciting to know YOU put the welcome home together, very rewarding to see the family and our HERO be reunited!

Please think about it…  and thank you for your continued support!

For the Troops,

Maria Hyland

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Look what we have so far!

PR: Jane Perkins and Dan O’Kane

Bucks County Team:  Paul and Clare Wexler

Phila Airport Team:  Dan O’Kane

Montgomery County Team:  Maria and Bob Kerr

Needed: Website Moderators and Email support

Warriors’ Watch Rider Harry Rombold featured on Harley Davidson Visa Commercial!

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Our very own Harry Rombold entered his story and the story of the Warriors’ Watch Riders mission to a recent Harley Davidson Visa commercial contest.. and well, we all know Harry is a winner.. but this time.. so did Harley Davidson!! Please sit back and enjoy this video clip.. and just think.. we all can say “we knew Harry …when”

Thank you Harry for being the perfect representative from WWR !

http://vimeo.com/45636271

(password is hdv if needed)

NJ/PA UPDATE! 1/0/15 Welcome Home SSgt. Daniel Wagner, U.S.M.C. PHL to NJ

CHANGE IN RALLY AND KSU TIMES

NJ 1/10 W/H Escort USMC Daniel Wagner

We have been asked to Welcome Home USMC Daniel Wagner from his 5th Overseas Deployment and escort him home…W O W!!!!! So that is just what we will do!!!!

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KSU————–2250  10:50 PM

We have been asked to Welcome Home USMC Daniel Wagner from his 5th Overseas Deployment…W O W!!!!!

So that is just what we will do!!!!Our Hero is a 14yr Marine with 5…YES 5 Deployments, 4 to Iraq and 1 to AfghanistanDaniel P Wagner
Age 32
US Marine Corp
Enlisted July 2001
Infantry Forward Observer
Staff Sergeant
Ribbons – All Combat, Good Conduct, Presidential Unit Citation, and Navy Achievement Medal
Returning from Okinawa – Served for 3 years with wife Jessica
Grew up in Haddon Twp NJ, Richmond VA, and Emaus PA
Brief Biography of Service
July 2001 Volunteered and sent to Parris Island SC for boot camp.
911 attack took place while he was in boot camp.
Completed training as a forward observer and assigned to unit at Cherry Point NC.
Unit shipped to Kuwait and participated in 2003 invasion of Iraq.
During invasion his unit located an entire Iraqi mechanized division parked at a railroad terminal. They called in artillery and air fire to destroy the entire division. Unit awarded PUC.
Second tour in Iraq prepared intelligence for the Marine conquest of Falujah.Fourth tour in Iraq he volunteered at the request of his commanding officer. He was the only Sergeant with combat experience. In return he got to chose his next duty assignment.
Assigned to Quantico for a year where he directed military burials for veterans.
Assigned to Artillery at Camp LeJeune NC
Assigned for a year tour in Afghanistan. Sergeant of the Guard in charge of ammo and fuel dumps as well as perimeter of Camp Leatherneck. During his time there he witnessed a terrorist attack which left 4 injured. Because of his experience he was able to render first aid before the medics arrived and was credited with saving the legs of 2 Afghan civilians and 2 Marines. One week later he was promoted to Staff Sergeant.
Came back to LeJeune and became a drug councilor.
Assigned to Okinawa for three years and was accompanied by his wife Jessica. Jessica worked as a civilian for a Marine public relations unit for all three years and encouraged Daniel to complete his education. Daniel attends the University of Maryland”s Asia Division and will complete the 3 credits he needs for his Bachlors Degree By April. He is leaving the active Marine Corps but is joining the active Marine Corp Reserve to complete his 20 YearsRally……….FB 69 2125 (9:25pm)  82nd and Bartram Ave. Philadelphia, PA
KSU————–2150 (9:50pm)

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WWR RC———–DEREK…Thank you Derek for stepping up to do this!!!

 

NY December 2014 Welcome Home West Point graduate US Army 1st. Lt. Derek Stanley, Saugerties, NY

A Hero’s Welcome and the Warrior’ Watch Riders Saugerties, NY Chapter were asked to welcome home 1st Lt Derek Stanley, US Army last week, below are some photos of this OUTSTANDING welcome home celebration and some details about our HERO!!!.. . GREAT JOB PATRIOT AL  and company !!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

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Here is some background on Derek:

> Derek graduated Saugerties High School in 2007. He entered the United States Military Academy Preparatory School Class of 2008 a month later and graduated the following May. He started his 47 month journey at West Point the next month where he was a varsity wrestler (placed 7th in the nation in his senior year) and branched engineer. He graduated USMA Class of 2012 as a 2LT with a BS degree in Engineering. Upon graduation, he participated in several focused training exercises and then returned to the USMA Prep School to serve as coach of the wrestling team. He then joined his unit in Anchorage, AK; 23rd Engineer Company – Sappers. In May of 2014, he deployed to AFG and was assigned his first platoon. He successfully lead his group focused on route clearance. He earned the rank of 1LT and returned to Anchorage in November 2014.

> Derek’s parents are Lisa and Ken Stanley, Sr of Saugerties, NY. He has one sister and two brothers, one who is currently a Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, Class of 2017

SEPA DELAY!!! UPDATE!! 12/20/14 MIDNIGHT Welcome Home SPC Gunnar Paterson, US Army PHL to Eddystone, PA

TONIGHT’S FLIGHT IS DELAYED BUT THE DELAY TIME HAS BEEN REDUCED!   OUR RIDE CAPT HAS DECIDED TO KEEP THE SAME RALLY TIME, ETC IN CASE THERE ARE FURTHER CHANGES.  

SAME RALLY TIME, SAME LOCATION!!!

Update!!!Sidekick has talked with mom and we’ll escort our HERO home, 15 minute ride from the airport so lets make some noise and show our Hero, his family, neighbors and friends the WWR and AHW Love...

Main Rally Point: FB69
Main Rally Time: Midnight
KSU: 12:30 AM
Clarification- This mission will be late this coming Saturday evening 12/20 going into early Sunday morning 12/21…
RC – Sidekick- Thanks MJ for stepping up...

 

A Hero’s Welcome received a request from Danby Paterson to join in the planning of a BIG PARTY for her son, Gunnar.  The welcome home plans were started as soon SPC Paterson left for his deployment!    UPDATE!!! The details are  finalized!!! Let’s help Danby make this a party her son will never forget.. a real HERO’s WELCOME!!!

From Danby (Mom): 

2012 graduate of Ridley High School. Dad is Dave Paterson. Mom is me..  Younger brother is 18 yr old Zac. Enjoys snow boarding and cars. Gunnar was the youngest MP in US Army for almost a year. OSUT at Fort Leonard Wood. Stationed at Fort Carson. Served in Afghanistan from March 12, 2014 to Nov 24,2014. Closed FOBs (Forward Operating Bases) Frontenac and Walton and ended mission at KAF (Kandahar Air Field) Awarded CAB (Combat Action Badge) and German Schuetzenschnur.

Thanks  again,

Danby Paterson

Ok folks, how about a late night mission to Welcome Home our Hero. This will be a Welcome Home at Philadelphia International Airport.

Family requested that we surprise our Hero right there, no escort needed and that’s what we are going to do…

 

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Details on our Hero from his Proud Army Mom:

“Hello,

First of all, I just wanted to say what a wonderful thing you and the rest of the volunteers are doing.  A BIG thank you to you all.

I am writing to get more information on what I need to do in order to request a “welcome home” for my son who is currently serving in Afghanistan.  He won’t be home until the end of November but, as you can imagine, we are already preparing a HUGE party for him!

SPC Gunnar Paterson,serving as an MP in the US Army.  His platoon is responsible for closing FOBs that are no longer being used by NATO forces and making sure that the ANA are properly trained, so he is all over Afghanistan.”

12/21/14 (A) SEPA Welcome Home Gabrielle Nigro, US Navy PHILA

We received a request from the family of Airman Nigro, to welcome her home Warriors’ Watch style, and that is what we will do. Some of you may remember in May 2014 we had the honor of welcoming home her sister, Cpl. Bianca Nigro. Here is what the family has to say about Gabrielle.

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Gabrielle Nigro is from Philadelphia, PA and is assigned to Fleet Readiness Command Oceana as an F/A-18 gun technician. She recently returned from a 9 month deployment on board USS George H. W. Bush (CVN-77). While deployed, she participated in air combat operations against ISIS. During her deployment she was named the Number One Airman in the Operations Detachment Ordnance Division. To return the respect she has received, her next goal is to serve in the U. S. Navy Ceremonial Guard and represent the Navy in all Presidential, Joint Service, and Navy Ceremonies, State funerals, and Navy funerals in Arlington National Cemetery.

Gabrielle is the sister of Cpl Bianca Nigro, who you welcomed home in May of this year. Gabrielle graduated from Science Leadership Academy in 2014 and left for Boot camp in August of 2014. She went to A school in Pensacola, and left for a 9 month deployment right after Sea school.

Rally Time: 12:30 pm

Rally Place: Wawa Parking lot at 9456 State Rd., Philadelphia, PA. 19114

KSU: 12:50 pm

Members will be heading directly to the Guido Francesco Mug ‘n Hug in Hatfield after this mission.

 

12/21/14 (B) SEPA Mug n Hug for Guido DiFrancesco, WWII Veteran Hatfield, PA

Details of Request:
My dad (Guido DiFrancesco) is a WWII veteran and was in the infantry – 6th wave during the invasion of Normandy. He turns 90 in December. We are having a 90th surprise party for him and I didn’t know if you could provide a group of warriors to come to our house to honor him. He lives 5 houses down from me and the party is at our house. The party is on Sunday, Dec. 21. His actual birthday is Dec. 17th. We saw the article in the Intelligencer about Mr. Kimmel. We thought this would be wonderful for my dad. He is an amazing man who has endless war stories to tell. Thanks, Carol O.

I told Carol that this a great Christmas present for her Dad and that we’d be honored to shake his hand and maybe even listen to a war story or two. How often do we get to chat with a guy who was on Omaha Beach and lived to tell! His surprise party starts at two and we’ll roll up on him at three and give him his second surprise of the day….Who’s in?

Rally Time 14:30 (2:30PM)
Rally Place St Maria Goretti Parking Lot 2990 Cowpath Rd. Hatfield PA 19440
KSU: 14:55 (2:55 PM) 

12/18/14 Honor Mission PFC Leo C. Cannon, Sr., U.S. Army, a Veteran of WWII

We have a mission for one of our own…the father of WWR member Lee Cannon.

PFC Leo C. Cannon, Sr., U.S. Army, a Veteran of WWII, was born in 1923 and died in 1969. He served with Battery B 56th Field Artillery Battalion. His service to our country included D-Day, Invasion of Normandy, Battle of the Bulge and other European Campaigns. He was a Bronze Star recipient. Leo will be reinterred to Washington Crossing National Cemetery on Thursday, December 18, 2014. A Military honors service will be held at 9:00am.

Rally time: 7:30am

Rally location:
Pioneer Vault, Inc.
5990 Anne Drive
Plumsteadville (Pipersville), PA 18949

KSU: 8:00am

Arrival at Washington Crossing National Cemetery at
9:00 am

RC: HowardK

 

PA 11-11-14 A Hero’s Welcome at Graterford Prison

I apologize for the delay in posting this letter, but I felt it is really worth sharing.
Gerry Corrigan is a Marine and always will be. Multiple Sclerosis has bound him to a wheel chair, but even with all his crippling pain, he is strong willed.
He volunteers every month at Graterford State Prison in the Chapel as a counselor and mentor. He has helped many Veterans and this year, he was able to present the MSAWI Stars for our Troops to the incarcerated Veterans at Gratersford at the Veteran’s Day Program he helped put together.Below is an after mission report:A Hero’s Welcome at Graterford Prison 11-11-2014.
9 am to 1 pm.

First off, let me say that I just read the Inquirer Article of 11-11-2014 about “Late But Warm Thanks”.
It was great to see this recognition of our service folks.

Today has been the greatest Veterans Day of my young life.
Beginning at 9:30 sign-in at Graterford Maximum Security Prison, Graterford, Pa and ending with my wife and children wishing me a pleasant Veterans Day I was blessed.

At Graterford there were the re-acquaintances of folks seen from year to year as Veteran’s Day rolled around. The hello agains, the same jackets worn occasionally at special gatherings with Viet Nam places served by the wearers, the Military Units proudly named on the jackets came back to me. The smiling faces of the Prison Guards that I have become accustomed to seeing on my weekly visits there, the presenting of photo ID’s, the hand stamping the wrist banding, the signing in, the electronic scanning, the Gate Memo’s allowing certain goods to enter the facility all have become S.O.P. and an accepted way of life here. The command of “front” signals the OK to gather my goods and to let me pass into an inner wait area to meet the escort, then to the population when the huge steel door slides open. Now the quarter mile trek to the chapel and to the ‘residents’ who await and about whom this gathering is planned.

In the chapel area that seats up to 600 we encountered an inmate handing us 3×5 cards where we wrote our name and branch of service. Take a seat and await the beginning of the ceremony.

Master of ceremonies-Inmate Richard C.
Call to order and posting of Colors. All the services and state and federal colors.
9 or 10 addresses – too boring to mention bur all said something.
Secretary of Prisons John E. Wetzel
Several musical selections.
Lighting of candles, then roll call.

It was at this point that I was introduced and gave an explanation of A Hero’s Welcome and told of Sharon, Maria and friend Lorraine who introduced me to AHW. Then, every veteran in the chapel was called by name and branch of service and each came ‘front and center’, received a star from a ‘surveyed’ flag and took his or her place along the front of the stage in the chapel. Some took a packet, some took one and said thanks, some took one and shook hands and one in five saluted sharply then received a star. Noting this now, it is pretty hard to hold back the emotions that filled me that day. Some dignity has been taken away by unlawful acts, breaking of the law, punishment metered by lawfully appointed justices but personal dignity of having worn the cloth and having raised the hand and saying “take me” will never be taken from these men and women.

Thanks to A Hero’s Welcome for the opportunity to acknowledge our veterans. Thanks to Sharon for giving up everything to gain everything. Thanks to Maria for picking up the torch. Most of all, thanks to our service folks for serving.

Semper Fi,
Gerry
USMCR 1962-19665

 

SEPA 12/12/14 Winter Fest at the Spring City Veteran’s Center, Spring City, PA

A Hero’s Welcome has been invited to join the Pron-Seton Detachment of the Marine Corps League to wish the Veterans at the Spring City Veteran’s Hospital a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday.

The Veterans who are residents at SCVC really enjoy parties and activities that are set up during the holidays. I’m excited that A Hero’s Welcome has been included in this event. Don’t forget to wear your Santa Hat!

The party runs from 2-4 PM but we were asked to come a little early to help bring some residents down that are in wheel chairs.

Rally Time: 1:30 pm
Rally Location: 1 Veterans Dr, Spring City, PA 19475
Link to directions:   https://www.google.com/maps/dir/”/40.1903086,-75.5636112/@40.1894307,-75.5597923,819m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!4m1!3e0

Feel free to call Maria with any questions: 610-327-2916

As you enter the SE Veteran Center grounds on Pennhurst drive, Right onto Dunlap Dr. then take the first left onto Veterans drive and the main entrance is located here.  AHW and WWR has visited the SCVC many times, this is the same building we’ve visited and hosted our BBQ and ice cream socials.
Please go in the main entrance and sign in with security and you will be directed to the “PARTAAAYYY”

Mary from the Marine Corps League says “No need to bring anything, everything is wrapped! We will be handing out gifts and just hanging out with the Vets to make them feel special at their party.”