PA 8/9/15 Mug n Hug for E-3 John Gallagher, U.S. Air Force, Bensalem, PA


A Hero’s Welcome has received a request from a proud, patriotic family for a surprise Mug ‘n Hug to honor their son/grandson, our hero,

E-3 John Gallagher, U.S. Air Force. You bet we’re gonna Mug ‘n Hug him – ’cause there’s nothing we like more than to have a chance to show our love and support to our heroes!

Shhh!  We’re gonna crash a family BBQ celebrating his visit home before he heads off on a deployment.

Our Hero, John, is an E-3 with the 23rd Security Forces Squadron.  He received Airman of the Year award in 2014.

More on his bio soon…

Rally point:        WAWA

                          4662 Bensalem Blvd

                          Bensalem, PA  19020

                          (between Ford and Adams Rds.)

Rally time:    TBD  approx 2:30pm  (1430)


For more info, contact

PA 7/31/15 A Hero’s Welcome Honors Capt. Rich Trotter, U.S. Army Clifton Heights, PA



Brenda Hecklin – PA Chapter Director of AHW presents a Welcome Home certificate to Captain Rich Trotter, U.S. Army.  Capt. Trotter is owner of Rosati Italian Water Ice, Inc. in Clifton Heights, PA.

Rosati Water Ice  hosted an event this morning, in partnership with Power99 radio,for in an effort to raise money for Eco-Skeleton Suits for Vets to help them stand and walk. It was an honor for AHW to recognize this Veteran and support such s worthwhile 1 photo 2 photo 3

7/31/15 Welcome Home Spc. Michael Bondar, US Army Norristown, PA


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Great mission Sherry and thank you Legion Riders for escorting Michael and bringing him home safely.  Eileen Manning presented SPC. Bondar with the WWR coin and A Hero’s Welcome presented Michael with our certificate of appreciation and the MSAWI star. 

A Hero’s Welcome has been invited to join SHERRY’S PROJECT and the American Legion Riders to welcome home SPC BONDRA, US Army,  who is coming home for leave from Alaska. He’s been stationed at Ft Wainwright for 3 years and is returning from desert training before his unit is deployed. E4 Spc. Bonda, Infantry is a graduate of Norristown HS, from Norristown and is a  Sherry’s Project “Future Soldier Trainee”  before he shipped out and care box receiver.  Let’s give Spc. Bonda a real Hero’s Welcome and let him know how much we appreciate his service.  This homecoming is a surprise for his Mom, Cheryl, who doesn’t know her “hero” will be home before deployment!!!

NY 8/?/15 Mug n Hug for Korean War Veteran , Bronx, NY


A Hero’s Welcome, we received a request from Rosely, chapter director in Delaware to honor a dear friend of hers.  Our Brooklyn and North Jersey Chapters are working on the plans now to honor this Korean War Veteran who is currently in Hospice.

Please watch this site for more info

Info on our Hero:

This is Rosely Robinson from AHW-DE, state coordinator.  I am writing to you in hopes that you can do a Mug and Hug for a very special person.

I met a Korean War Veteran named James last fall while in Bethany Beach, DE.  We talked for a great length, to find out he served in the Korean War and is a member of the VFW #7234 in Ocean View, Delaware, next to Bethany Beach.  JIM DOG, as he likes to be called and I became friends over these past few months.  He has had a lot of hurdles with his health.  In order to see a doctor he travels by car and bus VA in Delaware (2 hr. trip one way) where he has to spend the whole day with the other Veterans while they also have appointments.  You can imagine what that must be like when you are not well and fighting cancer.  But that is the only way he has to get to the VA.   He is an incredible guy! Up to the day he went to NY he cooked BBQ chicken for the VFW on the hiway in Bethany to raise money!

I would really appreciate if there is anyway AHW-NY and WWR could do a Mug and Hug for him in NY.

For our Troops

Rosely Robinson

A Hero’s Welcome Delaware Chapter

PA 8/15/15 Mug n Hug for Veterans, Willow Grove, PA More info to follow!


A Hero’s Welcome has been asked by the director of a retirement village in the Willow Grove, PA area to honor their Veterans, one of which is the oldest living African American Marine at 105 years YOUNG!  Please join us and bring a friend or two.  There will be about 15 Veterans to honor and i’m sure they will have lots of stories to share with us.

What an honor it will be to meet and greet these great American Heroes!!  We are finalizing the plans now so stay tuned!!!

Date:  Aug. 15, 2015

Approx. Time:  10:15 am / KSU approx 10:45 am

Location:  TBD / Willow Grove area.  


DE 9/11/15 OPERATION SEAs THE DAY ESCORT for 30 Wounded Warriors, Bethany Beach, DE



A HERO’S WELCOME DELAWARE CHAPTER I has been asked by Operation SEAs the Day to escort 30 Wounded Warriors and their families from Sea Colony Marketplace, Bethany Beach, DE to “The FREEMAN STAGE” in Selbyville, DE (8 mi. trip)  for a special concert in their honor starring Country Recording Star

AARON TIPPIN    if you’d like to stay for the show, tickets $25 each @

Date: 9/11/2015

Rally: Sea Colony, Marketplace

Rt.1 Bethany Beach, DE

Time: 4 PM KSU: 4:45 PM



Operation SEAs the Day: To organize and facilitate a beach week event for our wounded soldiers and their families as a means of showing our appreciation for their service and sacrifice.

To read more about Operation SEAs the Day, check out their site or Facebook page.

Photos from last year’s Cookout and Bonfire at Sea Colony with a visit from Delaware Gov. Jack Markell  with Rosely from AHW presenting Wounded Warriors with our certificate of appreciation.


Please CONTACT: Rosely Robinson, State Coordinator

A Hero’s Welcome Delaware  or by 302-530-4984

AHW DE Chapter visits Home of the Brave Foundation Women’s Facility, Delaware



Right: Jessica Finan, Executive Director

Center: Rosely Robinson, DE Chapter Director of A Hero’s Welcome
Left: Michelle Wheeler, Administrative Assistant


The Delaware Chapter of AHW recently visited the “Home of the Brave / Women’s Facility” to say” Hello” and spend some time with these wonderful women Veterans. Three women are now staying in the shelter, one with her young son. One woman, in her 40s, served in the Army National Guard; another, in her 50s, was discharged from the Marines; the third, in her 60s, served in the Air Force. The shelter has room for a total of eight women and children at a time. Any honorably discharged veteran is eligible to apply.

About one in 20 homeless vets is a woman, according to federal statistics on homelessness, and Delaware officials estimate there are about 30 women veterans without stable places to live statewide.

Thank you AHW DE! Great job..

For your monetary donation please go to:



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 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:

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,


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.

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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


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:


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)

UPDATE! PA 7/25/15 Welcome Home Cpl. Bryan Walters, USMC Phoenixville, PA

We’ve moved the rally point to the WAWA parking lot to allow for more room
(HINT……. which means BRING MORE FLAG WAVERS!!!! )



A Hero’s Welcome has received a request from Marine wife, Michelle Walters to welcome her husband back from deployment to his home town of Phoenixville, PA!!!



A graduate of Phoenixville HS and CAT Pickering in 2011, Bryan has been in the Marines for 4 years and has been away in the Middle East for 7+ months with the Marines.

Bryan just met his baby daughter,  Kinley, who was born during the deployment!  Mom,Cindy, Dad, Ed and sister Brittney will be joining us to welcome Bryan home.  Bryan has a family history of Uncles who have served for our country too.

Michelle, we are honored to welcome Bryan home!

Rally Location:



120 Schuylkill Rd
Phoenixville, PA 19460

Rally Time: 11:15

KSU: 12:00 They are arriving at the rally location at 11:45

PA 7/19/15 Mug & Hug for Michael Haupt, U.S. Army Harleysville, PA

15Michael HauptIt was wonderful meeting Michael, his father (and Veteran) Jim and neighbor who will be leaving next month to attend the Citadel!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!!! 15BMichael Haupt


A Hero’s Welcome has been invited to join the Warriors’ Watch Riders as they give one of their famous “Mug & Hug  for Michael Haupt.  Michael will be home on leave and we’d like to let him know how much WE appreciate his service!

Here is the bio from his dad, Jim:
Mike is currently stationed at Ft Bragg. He is 21 years old. He joined the Army reserves while he was in high school. Soon after graduation he went to Ft Benning, Georgia for basic training. After that he went to TX to train to be a medic. He graduated from there and came home. He did go to his monthly meetings and two weeks in the summer. He was not happy as a civilian, so he joined the regular Army, went back to boot camp again ..(two times now)  The Army then selected Mike to train with the Airborne!  So that is why he is where he is now… working as a Grenadier Launcher today and  jumps out of perfectly good airplanes. His unit is on 2 hour notice right now and can be active at any moment.

Mike is coming home on a two week leave. And doesn’t expect to be back home for the holidays this year. There seems to always be a crisis some where in this world. He likes to help people and being a medic in the army is one of the best ways that he can do that.

Rally Time: 2:30

Rally Place: Walmart parking lot, 651 Main St, Harleysville, Pa 19438

KSU: 3:00
Contact: for more info