5/29/15 Welcome Home Spec Shawn Riley, US Army PHL to Fallsington, PA


A Hero’s Welcome, please join the Warriors Watch as they fulfill a welcome home request from the proud parents of Spec Shawn Riley.  Shawn recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan and he’s coming home to see family and friends!!!

This mission is early in the day, so please pass the word!  We sure could use some help to show this hero how much we appreciate his sacrifices!!!!

If you’d like to meet at the destination, please let me know…. This mission will be an escort from PHL airport to Fallsington, PA .

Main Rally Point
FB 69
82nd and Bartram Ave.
Phila., PA

Rally Time


WWR RC Marc (first timer)
A Hero’s Welcome / Contact Brenda@aheros-welcome.org 215-816-9860

5/17/15 Military Ride to Support Tunnels to Towers and Heroes Cpl David Bixler and TSgt Joe Wilkinson


IMG_1779 TSgt Joe Wilkinson, USAF and his wife with Brenda Hecklin AHW-PA Chapter Director after receiving the award from AHW at the Military Appreciation Ride on Sunday, May 17, 2015.=


Cpl David Bixler, US Army and Brenda Hecklin AHW-PA Chapter Director after receiving an AHW award at the Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Brian’s Harley Davidson, Langhorne, PA

PA 6/20/15 Rooney Family Mug & Hug Three-fer Reading, PA


One of our own, Rooney2n, has requested a mug and hug for three of his cousins. Of course we can’t say no to honoring these heroes.
Here are the details from Chris Rooney: Saturday, June 20, 2015, the Rooney family will be having their annual family reunion/picnic in Wyomissing. As a lot of you know, my family has a long history of military and public service. I would like to honor 3 of my cousins for their service to our country.

Scott Rooney Sr. 4 years US Air Force, honorable discharge.
Scott Rooney Jr. 4 years US Air Force, honorable discharge.
Carl Wegner, 3 years US Army, several years Army National Guard, honorable discharge.

The picnic is being held at my cousin Karl Kleoffer’s home. Karl was a member of the Wyomissing Vol. Fire Co. as was his father, Dick Kloeffer. Sadly uncle Dick, a Korean War Vet, is no longer with us. My father, Ed Rooney, will be at the party and said he would like to come to the rally point to ride up with us. Some of you may remember the M&H we did for him a year and a half ago shortly after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. My dad believes that the feeling of appreciation from WWR was a huge part of him beating cancer.

I think this would be an awesome mission and an opportunity for a SEPA and ECPA combo.

Rally Point: Walmart parking lot, 5900 Perkiomen Ave, Reading, Pa 19606
Rally time: 1330 (1:30)
KSU: 1400 (2:00)
RC: Rooney2n


5/29/15 PA “Welcome Home, Soldier” Play about Vietnam Vets… Manayunk, PA TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR


We are hoping to get a group together and be able to purchase tickets at the group rate. If you are interested in going please contact Brenda at 215-816-9860

“Welcome Home, Soldier”

An award-winning tribute to Vietnam Veterans that tells true stories about the effects of the Vietnam War and the subsequent homecoming on veterans and their families.  Now playing in its 24th year!  It is the longest running play in Los Angeles, and the longest consecutive-running drama in the country!


Creator, co-writer and director of “Welcome Home, Soldier”, Tony Savant, announces the first production of the play in the city of Philadelphia, for two dates this spring, with other dates to follow. 

Friday, May 29, 2015, 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 7, 2015, 2 p.m. matinee
Venice Island Performing Arts Center

7 Lock Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127
(Main Street & Cotton in Manayunk)

for more info contact: Brenda@aheros-welcome.org 


Listen to the recording of “HEROES AND WARRIORS”, a song heard during the play. The lyrics were written by the creator of “Welcome Home, Soldier”, Tony Savant, with music by Vietnam Veteran, Glen King. This song was produced and arranged by Don Potter, at his studios in Nashville, Tennessee, with members of The Judd Boys Band.

PA 7/8/15 6th Annual Vlahos Dunn Insurance Golf Outing Benefiting Area Veterans Gilbertsville, PA


Dear Supporters,

Spring has sprung ! The 6th Annual Vlahos Dunn Insurance Golf Outing is just around the corner. July 8th will be make it our 6th year of supporting those who served in our military. Last year was our best and hoping with the continued support from all of you we will continue to give to those who have given so much in a very unselfish manor. Please reserve the date and plan on a great day of golf, food, beer, and fun with friends at the best golf outing ever for a great cause. I hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you for your continued support.

James W. Vlahos   USAF “73-83”   contact: jvlahos@vlahosdunn.com

DATE: July 8, 2015

Location: Twin Ponds Golf Course, 700 Gilbertsville Rd, Gilbertsville, PA 19525 


 Time: 12:00 registration, 1:00 Shot gun, Dinner at 5:30,


ECPA 6/7 Welcome Home SP/4 Benjamin Ziegler, watch for updates on location and time!


A Hero’s WElcome, we have been invited to join the Warriors’ Watch Riders to  Welcome home SP/4 Ziegler. This post includes Ben’s bio, it is very important that it be read.
SP/4 Ziegler was diagnosed with ALS, (Lou Gerig’s Disease) This home coming is to be a total secret.

RC: Tin Teach

Rally Point: TBD
Rally Time: TBD

Ben enlisted in the US Army in 2009. Did his boot camp at Fort Knox in Louisville KY. From there he went to Fort Hood and then onto Akrit in the West Province of Iraq in 2010. When he first got to Iraq he was the driver for his commander. From there he became a gunner for the commanders vehicle and then was in the infantry in Iraq. He was part of the 2nd squadron 3rd ACR or as he calls them “Heavy Company”.
Upon returning to the states, he was based at Fort Benning in Columbus GA. He was in Special Ops prep course when he started developing tingling in his left hand, that was in January of 2013. After being instructed to get it checked out, it took 4 months to get a diagnosis of ALS. Despite the rapid progression of the disease, he continued in the Army and wouldn’t let his diagnosis hold him back. He finally was given his medical discharge on February 19, 2014, by then he had lost most of the movement in his left arm and leg but still had fairly good use of his right side. He was retired as Specialist Benjamin Ziegler. My husband flew to Atlanta and the two of them drove home in Ben’s car which was packed with all his belongings from his military career. No fanfare upon his arrival.
As a kid, he was a great baseball player, and a big Phillies fan. He also loves the outdoors, camping, fishing, etc. he seems to have a passion for military history, and watches a lot of the history channel and the military channel.
It so difficult to watch him deteriorate, knowing this kid was fulfilling his dream of defending his country.
I don’t know too much about achievements, however I do know that he did receive his Spurs, Stetson and Sabres. All items that he is very proud of.


ECPA 5/30/15 SP/4 Sean Durkin Memorial Bethlehem, PA


P/4 Sean Durkin was KIA April 9, 2010. Sean was a member of the 82nd Airborne and was killed by IED in Afghanistan. Several members of the 82nd Airborne will be coming in to pay their respects to Sean and his family. These members of the 82nd travel yearly, to honor a member who was KIA, to participate in  a memorial service.
This year is Sean’ s turn.We will be escorting Sean’s family, friends and members of the 82nd to Sean’s gravesite, then to Bethlehem Township Park where they are holding a party in memory of SP/4 Durkin. I have been working with the organizer of the event, which also happens to be the wife of Sean’s team leader.

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breakin … it_to.html

Rally Point: TBD
Rally Time: TBD

Please bring 3×5 flags


A Hero’s Welcome Thanks Donators who supported the MSAWI Support the Troops Day


ACME & Giant Donations



Walmart and Giant Southampton


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Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews donation pick-up



Thank you to the staff of Eros Wholesale. Owner Brad Seiver, middle with earpiece.

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Pace Charter School.. Thank you for your       donation!!! 
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DE Chapter collecting items for Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans in Northern Delaware


TEAM WORK!!!!! PA and DE Chapters getting it done!!!!


A Hero’s Welcome Delaware Chapter are collecting items to help

Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans in Northern Delaware.

15 AHWDEdonations

There are 20 veterans residing in the shelter and many waiting to come in from the COLD.

We are in need of toiletries (Shampoo, soap, deodorant, shaving cream, toothpaste etc….) We have received a donation from a local

#1 request from our Veterans is SOCKS and baseball caps!!!

Dollar Stores are a great source if you have connections please let us know.

Any donations are greatly appreciated, If you can help please email Rosely at ahwdelaware@gmail.com


Thank you





DE Chapter 1 Recognized by Wreaths Across America




Rosely Robinson, Delaware Chapter Director and her Delaware team worked tirelessly this past year to make the Wreaths Across America mission a HUGE success.  Rosely, Bob, Elaine, Judy, Jim, Calvin, Carol among others raised funds to purchase beautiful wreaths to be placed on the graves of our Veterans.  Rosely and Jim even made a trip to the Arlington National Cemetery to work with the Wreaths Across America organization and were honored to participate in the Honor Mission and burial of a Marine who had recently passed.

The Delaware Chapter of A Hero’s Welcome also received a letter of  Thanks and Certificate of appreciation sent to Rosely.

GREAT JOB! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!   Other Chapters are welcome to participate in the Wreaths Across America 2015, please contact Rosely for more information.  

Saturday, December 12, 2015

National Wreaths Across America Day

– See more at: http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/#sthash.cGUxs735.dpuf



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


 NNJ Veteran's Night a Hasbrouck HS



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

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


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




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!


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!


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 !


(password is hdv if needed)

PA 5/23/15 Brookhaven Boro Memorial Day Service

Brookhaven American Legion Post 94 would like to invite A Hero’s Welcome to join us on Saturday May 23, 2015 at 0900 sharp on our Veterans Memorial Island as we do our Memorial Day Service. All of our legionnaires and residents enjoyed seeing you all form a Flag Line at our Veterans Day Ceremony last November.
We will form a flag line and join Brookhaven American Legion Post 94.

Event location:  Brookhaven Borough 2 Cambridge Rd Brookhaven, PA 19015

Service is 0900 sharp.
The Veterans Memorial Island is located across from our Fire, Police Dept / Boro Hall.

IN CASE OF RAIN:  we will have the service in our gym located at the same address above and you can pull around back, same as the last time.

Thanks so much,
Councilwoman Denise Leslie

Of course we can do this, so let’s get there and show our support……

Rally Location – 4901 Edgemont Ave (Rt 352) Brookhaven, Pa 19015
Pathmark/K-Mart Shopping Center

Rally Time – 0800
KSU – 0840


5/24/15 Memorial Day Observance Washington Crossing Historic Park,

Washington Crossing Historic Park will hold a Memorial Day observation on Sunday, May 24th at 11 a.m. at the grave site of Continental soldiers, and the Warriors’ Watch has been invited back to be part of the flag line!

The observation will include a colonial color guard, the Old Barracks Fife & Drum Corps, Revolutionary War reenactors, the Guardians of the National Cemetery Firing Party, Veterans, Boy Scouts, and other honored guests. During the event, American flags will be placed on the graves. The gravesite marks the resting place of soldiers who died during the Continental army’s December 1776 encampment in Bucks County.A Hero’s Welcome may join Warriors’ Watch will rally at Brians HD, however, if you need to go directly to the event,  the grave site is located near the Thompson-Neely House, about two miles south of New Hope at the intersection of Route 32 and Aquetong Rd.

For directions:
Individuals with disabilities who need special assistance or accommodations to participate in this event should call 215-493-4076.
This program is sponsored by the non-profit Friends of Washington Crossing Park and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is open to the public at no cost. The event is one hour in duration and will begin at 11:00 am.Rally: Brians HD, 600 S. Flowers Mill Road, Levittown, Pa.,
Rally Time: 9:30 am
KSU at 10:00 am