Recent Veterans Service Day hosted by Congressman Brendan Boyle in Glenside, PA

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On Tuesday, February 2nd, Brenda Hecklin, Pennsylvania Chapter Director for A Hero’s Welcome was honored to represent A Hero’s Welcome at the Veterans Service Day hosted by Congressman Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania’s 13th District. Along side the Veterans Benefits Administration, The U.S. and Pennsylvania Departments of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Advisory Commission and others, Brenda thanked our service members for their service to our great country and presented the MSAWI Star to each service member she met. AHW looks forward to working with Congressman Boyle’s office as well as State Representative Steve McCarter’s office on future opportunities to Welcome Home our service members and thank our Veterans.  Thank you to Dennis Miller, Constituent Services Representative-VA Specialist of Congressman Boyle’s office and all the organizations represented and State officials who work tirelessly on behalf of our Veterans.

2/6/16 Mug n Hug for LCpl Robert E. Dultz USMC, Vietnam Vet 67-69 Langhorne to Phila

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UPDATE:  

RALLY TIME: 12:30 PM

A Hero’s Welcome will meet in the main lobby of the

VA Hospice 3461 Civic Center blvd. Philadelphia Pa.    Please see link below for directions from your area. 

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Parking is limited.  There is also parking at the main hospital across the street. WATCH FOR SIGNS FOR ‘COMMUNITY LIVING CENTER”  Nursing home,  Hospice and Rehab are in the same building. Hospice is on the first floor.
We will meet the Warriors’ Watch Riders  where we will meet LCpl Dultz in a private room set up for our ceremony. 

 

Brothers and sisters, we have a request from one of the  Warriors’ Watch Riders, Tom Dultz. Please see his request below and let’s get out there to show this HERO how much we appreciate his service..

“I am a proud member of ECPA and also have been on SEPA and NEPA missions. I have an urgent request. My brother LCpl Robert E. Dultz USMC, 67-69 served in Nam is dying. He has Cancer of the liver and Hep C as a result of his service. He was wounded several times in Nam. As a boy I still recall the day I was excited to see the Marines coming to our door thinking my brother was coming home only to learn what kind of news they bring. I wish I had more information on his service but he never talks of it. All I learned was he was in NorthEast Vietnam with 1st Marines. My brother is currently in VA Philadelphia Hospice on Civic Center Blvd. We are hoping he has a few weeks left but know he could go anytime as his body shuts down. I know you guys do an awesome job SEPA and I am praying you can give this Marine the welcome home love he and many others never got while he is still with us. I am not a vet myself regretfully but I ride proudly with WWR to honor as many as possible.”

 

Rally Location – Brian’s Harley’s Davidson

600 S Flowers Mill Road Langhorne, PA. 19047
Rally Time – 12:00pm
KSU – 12:30pm
Destination is VA Hospice 3461 Civic Center blvd. Philadelphia Pa.

This is approx. a 30 minute ride from the rally to the VA Hospice… 

AHW joins Wreaths Across America, Delaware and NEPA

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A Hero’s Welcome NEPA and DE have once again joined Wreaths Across America 2015.  Thank you for all who worked so hard to ensure the graves of our Veterans are honored with a memorial wreath!  Beautiful!

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Wreaths Across America Day at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, DE
Another great day. We had a record crowd estimated at 1,000. There were 2,183 wreaths placed. DMA cadets and the Civil Air Patrol joined forces to make for a beautiful ceremony. The flag line consisted of 32 American flags.
Thanks to all those who came out and helped to honor our fallen. Without you, it could not be done. Spread the word and help us to make our goal of 4,200 in 2016.
We hope to see you again next year. Make it a Christmas tradition for your family.

REMEMBER – HONOR – TEACH

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A Hero’s Welcome Delaware Honors our Veterans

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A Hero’s Welcome Delaware Honors our Veterans at the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

Today we gathered together to remember our Past and Present Veterans!

We were Honored to be invited by Frederick Charles Montney III and the VA Hospital in Elsmer to escort WWII Veterans to a memorial service in their Honor.
Standing tall and riding proud with the Delaware Patroit Guard Riders, Bikers for Christ and Hogs and Heroes DE-2 members showed our respect for Our Heroes, Our Veterans.
The threat of rain would not stop any of us from this mission…..
Because it’s Not about us It’s about them!
Thank You to ALL that have Served!

 
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NEPA 11/11/15 Our Newest Chapter, NE PA Honors our Veterans, Verona, NJ

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From NEPA Chapter Director, Scharlene Alfonso:

How do you measure when you touched someone’s heart? Tears, lots of them.

AHW  NEPA together with WWR NEPA took a ride into Northern NJ with an invitation from the Mayor of Verona NJ for the township’s Veteran’s day ceremony. Before the ceremony we were told 2 Vietnam vets, Air Force and Marine were standing by us but didn’t want to be on stage with the rest. So we coined and stared them along with our verbal gratitude, handshake and hug. They said it was the closest heartfelt thing anyone had ever done. During the ceremony, the Mayor called us up, and on our way he started reading WWR’s mission Statement he had printed off the web. We made a small speech as to who we are and what were about to do. The only name we had was the mayor’s, so AHW presented him a certificate; he is a Vietnam era vet. He, together with the police chief, a police lieutenant, and 3 other Veterans were presented a coin, a star and an individual message of thankfulness with a big hug. Tears, tears, tears. Mission accomplished.
Well, not really. We then took a 5 mile ride to honor another Vietnam era vet who we knew did not get a proper welcome from his 2 1/2 yr deployment in Germany. AHW presented him a certificate and WWR a coin and star. After a quick lunch stop, we headed out to a WWII Navy Veteran’s home, AHW and WWR again made our presentations but bigger than that, we got to shake hands and hug a part of American history. He was on a destroyer on Omaha Beach on June 6th. Many hearts touched, Veterans and ours as well. We also had the honor to coin one of our own new WWR members, an Army Veteran at the beginning of our day. Pictures to come as soon as the photographer sends them.

 

GREAT JOB SCHARLENE!!!  Thank you for all you do for our HEROES!!!

10/18/15 Welcome Home for WWII Veteran Sgt. Sid Robinson, US Army Air Corps, Willow Grove, PA

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On Monday, October 18, 2015, A Hero’s Welcome -PA surprised WWII Veteran Sgt. Sid Robinson, U.S. Army Air Corps with a Welcome Home! He was a radio operator for B-17 bombers in England during his service. This unsuspecting 91 yr -young Hero was at work in Willow Grove, PA when we welcomed him home. Joining in this heartwarming Welcome Home were Lost, Ed Thomas and Lee Cannon who presented an honor coin.  The Welcome Home  was supported by the store management including Store Manager Nick Pagliaro and other employees.

It was OUR honor, Sid! Thank you for your service.

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UPDATE! 11/8/15 Philadelphia’s first Veteran’s Parade, Philadelphia, PA

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Dear AHW members who participated in today’s Veteran’s parade,

I thank you for all the hard work, time and planning that went into today’s event.  I was so proud to be with all of you.  I was so happy to not only have such a great group marching on behalf of A Hero’s Welcome but…  WE HAD A FLOAT!!!  How exciting is that????  While we all had a great time and it was a wonderful experience.

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Attached are some photos taken by Curt and Bike Rider… thank you!

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Parade Map … http://www.phillyveteransparade.org/parade-map/

FORMING, STAGING and PARADE LINE UP will be announced directly to each organization and posted online on November 4th or before. Handicap parking locations will also be announced on or before November 4th.PARKING:
Parade Participant Parking provided free of charge at the following:

SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Philadelphia Community College, 17th St Parking Garage between Callowhill and Spring Garden,  Philadelphia, PA 19130
Parx Casino, 2999 Street Rd, Bensalem, PA 19020
Shuttle buses will be provided to staging areas.

VIEWING THE PARADE Spectators (especially family & friends of participants) are encouraged to gather to show their support along the parade route.

 

FIRST EVER PHILADELPHIA VETERANS PARADE !   City’s First-Ever Veterans Parade Building Momentum

If you would like to participate in this parade as a part of A Hero’s Welcome, please contact.  maria@aheros-welcome.org

As Per Veteran’s Parade Site:

FIRST EVER OFFICIAL PHILADELPHIA VETERANS PARADE !

The city where American democracy got its start did not have an official citywide parade to honor its Veterans until now.

The parade will occur on Sunday, November 8 2015 in Center City, rain or shine. It starts at approximately 12:00 PM and concludes around 3:30pm.

The parade will start at the intersection of S. Broad St and Walnut St. and will march north to City Hall and make a quarter turn and head east on Market St. to Independence Hall. The route is about one mile, a normal walk of 40-50 minutes.

This year’s Parade will focus on veterans though history. The Parade will also commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II, the 50th Anniversary of Vietnam and the 25th Anniversary of Desert Shield. The parade will feature veterans of all eras, military units, civic and youth groups.

On the morning of the parade, parade participants will meet at the intersection of S. Broad St and Walnut St.

Spectators are encouraged to gather to show their support along the parade route.

VIP’s and military Reviewing Officers will review the parade from in front of Independence Hall;  Bleacher seating for spectators will be available near the Review Stand, with priority seating for elderly & disabled veterans.

MEETING POINT TBA/ please watch our site for updates 

If you would like your troop support group to join in the parade, please use the application form link :

http://www.phillyveteransparade.org/participate-in-parade/application/

October, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

More than 75 registrants have signed up for the first-ever Philadelphia Veterans Parade on Sunday, Nov. 8, in Center City.

The Parade Committee is still accepting registrants past the Oct. 1 deadline. To register visit ­­­­­the parade web site: www.phillyveteransparade.org and complete the one-page online form.

Participation is open to all in the city and in the three-state region (PA/NJ/DE) for the parade, which will start at noon at S. Broad and Walnut streets.

This year’s Parade will focus on veterans though history. The Parade will also commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II, the 50th Anniversary of Vietnam and the 25th Anniversary of Desert Shield. The parade will feature veterans of all eras, military units, civic and youth groups (including Junior ROTC), businesses, and high school marching bands.

Any entity that supports veterans is encouraged to join the parade, said Scott Brown, director of the Philadelphia Veterans Commission, which is organizing the event. Registration is required to facilitate planning and for security purposes, he added.  Brown said that it’s being held on Nov. 8 so it will highlight and not interfere with traditional Veterans Day observances on Nov. 11.

“It was really a no-brainer when we realized such a city-wide observance had never been held and we went to Philadelphia Congressman Bob Brady and City Council president Darrell Clarke, both of whom enthusiastically supported the idea,” Brown said.

“This will be a day to celebrate and honor area veterans and their service to their country,” Brady said. “It’s something we should have done a long time ago.”

Clarke echoed those sentiments, noting that “we’re proud to sponsor this event and will pull out all stops to showcase how Philadelphia feels about its veterans.” Also endorsing the event is David Oh, city council’s only veteran member.

Brown and the commission have formed a committee of more than 50 veterans’ representatives, including those from the public and private sector, to form the parade. Overseeing the organization of the event is Bob McMahon, Media’s mayor and the organizer of one of the most successful Memorial Day parade’s in the region.  “The interest already has been overwhelming and very gratifying,” said Brown, who expects more than 100 groups to participate.

The commission has been seeking participation from a variety of organizations and has commitments from both the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, who will be facing each other in the annual Army-Navy Game in Philadelphia on Dec. 12, and a number of local ROTC units.  A number of Medal of Honor recipients are also expected to attend.

The one-mile parade route has been set. It will start at noon at S. Broad and Walnut streets, travel north on Broad around City Hall, east on Market Street before ending at Independence Hall.  WPVI Channel 6-ABC is the official media partner and will be broadcasting the event live from the start until 1:30 p.m.

The parade also has the support of H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, noted philanthropist and owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who Brady contacted immediately after the commission brought him the concept. Lenfest, who served on Navy destroyers during the Korean War, already is a patron of the Greater Philadelphia Traditions Fund,  which supports 13 other parades and festivals in the city, including the Mummer’s Parade.

More information can be found on the parade’s web site: www.phillyveteransparade.org.  The commission will provide regular updates via the web site and a Facebook page, which will be established.

www.phillyveteransparade.org …Veterans Advisory Commission…215-686-3163

Rm. 127 City Hall…Philadelphia PA 19107

Looking for members in the Virginia Beach area to assist with Welcome Home

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A Hero’s Welcome,

We  have received a  welcome home request from a husband of a Sailor in Virginia Beach, VA who recently returned from her 3rd deployment!  She has spent many months away from her children and her hubby wanted to do something special for his wife when she returned home.  We have not been able to properly plan a welcome home since currently have no chapter in the Virginia Beach area but…that doesn’t mean it won’t still happen!!!

If you know of anyone in the Virginia Beach area that would be interested in helping us plan a welcome home for this Sailor, please contact me.

Our Hero is already home so this will be an easy mission to plan…

For the Troops,

Maria  Hyland

A Hero’s Welcome

 

9/26/15 Welcome Home for WWII Veteran Ronald Wilkins, Royersford, PA

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A terrific turnout by all to welcome home and say Thank You to WWII Veteran Ron Wilkins!

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Good friends of A Hero’s Welcome,  Debbie  and Cherokee,  contacted  A Hero’s Welcome  about doing an long over due Welcome Home for Debbie’s father.

(Debbie is the Nurse Administrator at SEPA Veteran’s Hospital in Spring City, and both work tirelessly for our Veterans.) Debbie’s Dad is Ron Wilkins and the family will be celebrating his 92 nd birthday.  Little does Ron know.. we’ll be part of his celebration.

The British Royal Navy was an ally of the United States and we would be honored to escort Mr. Wilkins and his family to dinner and present him with our coin and star.

From Debbie:

A Tribute to Ron Wilkins, my Dad

Ronald Wilkins is a 92 year old WWII British Royal Navy Veteran.  He was an Able Seaman who served as a gunner on the HMS Exmoor, a Hunt Class Escort Destroyer.  During the Second World War, Nazi Germany’s Kriegsmarine (Nazi Germany’s Navy) attempted to blockade the United Kingdom using submarines (U-boats) operating in this area. Since almost all shipping to and from the United Kingdom passed through the Atlantic Ocean, it was an excellent hunting ground and had to be heavily defended as our ally troops passed through.

My Dad entered my life when I was seven years old.  My biological father had passed when I was five years old.  He willingly took on the role of being my Dad, and along with my Mom, has stood by my side through some pretty rough times.

Silent Strong Dad

He never looks for praises
He’s never one to boast
He just goes on quietly working
For those he loves the most
His dreams are seldom spoken
His wants are very few
And most of the time his worries
Will go unspoken too
He’s there…. A firm foundation
Through all our storms of life
A sturdy hand to hold to
In times of stress and strife
A true friend we can turn to
When times are good or bad
One of our greatest blessings,
The man that we call Dad.

Thank you for your service and

Dad, thanks for everything that you have done – you are to me what to earth is the sun.

 

Main Rally Point
Parke Town Beverage
310 N Lewis Rd.
Royersford, PA 19468

Rally Time
1:30

KSU
2:00

Bring 3×5 flags.. Flag line at the rally point, Hero being driven there...

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

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MICHAEL TOTALLY SURPRISED HIS MOM!!! 

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 http://www.sherrysproject.org 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!!!

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

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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: homeofthebravefdn.org

 

 

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

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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

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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 

http://www.twinpondsgolf.com/directions.html

 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

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Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews donation pick-up

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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

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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 ahwdelaware@gmail.com

 

Thank you

 

 

 

 

DE Chapter 1 Recognized by Wreaths Across America

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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

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

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 NNJ Veteran's Night a Hasbrouck HS

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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

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!

 


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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)

UPDATE! NY/PA/NJ/DE….. 4/3/16 SAVE THE DATE! MSAWI Support the Troops Day, NYC

2016 MSAWI

7th ANNIVERSARY SUPPORT OUR TROOPS DAY
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Report for Duty: 1-4pm
Congregation Ramath Orah, 550 West 110th St. NYC
(between Broadway & Amsterdam)

RALLY INFO:

Primary Rally Location:
Brian’s Harley Davidson
600 South Flowers Mill Road Langhorne, PA 19047

Rally Time: 9:00AM
KSU: 9:30AM

Arrive Joyce Kilmer rest stop NJ Turnpike at 10:15, KSU 10:30

Arrive Vince Lombardi rest stop NJ Turnpike at 11:15am, meet up with ECPA and NEPA.
11:35 ride brief, 11:45 KSU to our destination, arriving at 12:15pm 550W 110th St. NY, NY

RC:Gpopps


It’s a day to show the Troops we care!
Help us make 2,000 care packages for our Troops & homeless Veterans
Workout in the boot camp.
Be inspired in our Military Academy

FOR MORE INFO ABOUT MSAWI, CLICK LINK BELOW:

http://www.msawi.org/troops.php

PLEASE WATCH OUR SITE FOR MORE INFO, MEETING POINTS ETC.  CONTACT MARIA@AHEROS-WELCOME.ORG IF YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING AND FOR MORE INFORMATION.

THANK YOU!

12/22/15 Welcome Home Airman Alexandria Garvin, PHL to NE Phila

The Warriors’ Watch Riders have invited A Hero’s Welcome to help fulfill a proud  Air Force Mom’s request.

Scouter, the Ride Captain for this mission said “Mom asked WWR to work our magic when her daughter returns home for a two week vacation from her post in Aomori, Japan. After listening to her brag about her “little girl”, I”m  sure that this woman is deserving of our time. This will be an airport escort to NE Philly.

Thanks Tom, A Hero’s Welcome would be honored to join you at this welcome home.

Airman Alexandria Garvin is active duty at Misawa Air Force Base, Japan. Allie is 23 years old. Airman Garvin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended Hatboro Horsham High School, graduating June 2010. Allie also attended Kutztown University.She subsequently enlisted in the Air Force in 2014 and arrived at Lackland AFB, Texas, in November 2014 for basic training and after Tech school Allie’s first assignment was Japan as an Inspections journeymen. Allie is
thrilled to be coming home for the holidays as last year was the first time she had ever not spent them with her family.
Rally Point: Fb 69, 82nd and Bartram Ave.  Phila, PA 

Link to rally point: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Philadelphia,+PA+19153/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c6c47b7c76d197:0x5d5dedf2df1a3b4f?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjAqPy7hOzJAhWLOT4KHQ4bBdwQ8gEIHDAA
Rally Time: 1845 (6:45 pm)
KSU to PHL: 1930 (7:30 pm) 

DE 12/19/15 Welcome Home PFC Joshua Isaiah Finney, US Army PHL to Elsmere, DE

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A Hero’s Welcome Delaware and PA and the DE Patriot Guard Riders would like to invite you to welcome home PFC Finney.. it’s an early morning welcome home with an escort to our Hero’s hometown in DE.  

SINCE THIS IS AN EARLY MORNING WELCOME HOME, PLEASE CALL OUR HOTLINE 484-679-1717 BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR THE AIRPORT.  WE WILL TRY AND UPDATE WITH FLIGHT INFO BY 1:30 AM.

AHW-DE has a special request for a WELCOME HOME:

U.S. Army PFC Joshua Isaiah Finney (2-23IN BN, 1 SBCT) is coming home this weekend to see his new bride Ann and family for Christmas before they move to Denver and Josh is deployed in 2016.

Meet at 95/495 N Rest Stop 2:15-2:30 AM
KSU: 2:40 AM
Head to FB 69 (Phila FD Engine 69  82nd and Bartram Avenue, Phila, PA)

Rally at FB 69 0300  (3 am)

link to rally point: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Philadelphia,+PA+19153/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c6c47b7c76d197:0x5d5dedf2df1a3b4f?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjV_Yz45uDJAhVDXR4KHWqgAFoQ8gEIGzAA

Briefing by PGR Captain Dan Kapitanic
KSU: 3:30 AM
Arrive at PHL: 3:40
Please RSVP

We will wait and surprise him by the escalator steps at PHL Airport
Please bring your flags for flagline He will be presented with a certificate of appreciation by AHW – PA Brenda Hecklin for AHW-DE in the baggage claim area. Joshua’s parents will also receive certificates for their service to our country.
We will have a picture taken with AHW Banner at the airport.
PGR will escort our hero home to Elsmere, DE

12/12/15 UPDATE! Welcome LTC Christopher D. Hingley, US Army PHL TO PHOENIXVILLE

Link to article by the Pottstown Mercury: http://www.pottsmerc.com/20151218/home-for-the-holidays-army-veteran-receives-a-heros-welcome

 

PLANS ARE COMPLETE!!!!  THIS WELCOME HOME HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED  SATURDAY 12/12/15 WITH AN ESCORT FROM PHL TO THE PHOENIXVILLE AREA.

Rally Point: FB69  82nd and Bartram Ave.  Phila. PA  (link to address below)

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bartram+Ave+%26+S+82nd+St,+Philadelphia,+PA+19153/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c6c47b7c76d197:0x5d5dedf2df1a3b4f?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiAto6jgdXJAhXwqYMKHSqvCmYQ8gEIGzAA

Rally Time: 2:00 (1400)

KSU: 2:40 (1440)

A Hero’s Welcome has received a request from LTC Chris Hingley’s new bride, Pat, to welcome home her hubby from a one year deployment to the sandbox.  Chris left for Kuwait a few short weeks after Pat and he were married.  Chris has been in the US Army for over 30 yrs (commissioned for 27) and Chris is also a member of the Phoenixville Knights of Columbus.

In Kuwait, Chris was the Deputy Officer in Charge of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Transatlantic Division – Operational Command Post, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

We will be honored to say “thank you” to Chris for all his years of service, sacrifice and dedication to the preservation of OUR freedom.  Please join A Hero’s Welcome on Friday at PHL.

The arrival time of Chris’ flight has not been confirmed so please watch this site for updates or call 484-679-1717 for updates.

chrishingley

 

 

 

NEPA : 12/5/2015 Mug and Hug 3fer! Humboldt, Pa.

VIDEO LINK TO SATURDAY’S  MUG n HUG!

http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/local/video-veterans-welcomed-home-in-middletown/html_84e1dbc1-40d8-58d5-97cd-ebd7ee1c98cc.html?channelId&channelListId&mediaId=acc01562ac6b46059066bb9e93784ca4

A Hero’s Welcome NEPA will be joining Warriors Watch Riders NEPA  for one of their famous “Mug and Hug”s for 3 vets!! YES I SAID 3 VETS!!!!

All are invited to attend: 2, 3, and 4 wheelers. Please bring your 3×5 flags. 

Bios:

PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS EDWARD ZOZOSKY 1972-1994 US NAVY VIETNAM

PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS AVE SEAMON US NAVY 1973-1987

SFC MICHAEL LOMBARDI 1973-1993 US ARMY 1974-78 GERMANY 1983 GRENADA 1986 EL SALVADOR 1990-91 PERSIAN GULF

We will also be honoring a fallen Vietnam Vet that was Edwards best friend:

SSG LESTER RUSHIN
5/8/1939 to 7/29/1972
US ARMY
KIA- BIEN HOA, VIETNAM
* Panel 1W Row 60

Rally Point:

Turkey Hill
70 Station Circle
Humboldt, Pa.
Exit 143 off of 81 / link to map below:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/”/Turkey+Hill+Minit+Market,+70+Station+Circle,+Hazle+Township,+PA+18202/@40.9410498,-76.098064,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c5afac4dd72743:0xa6e0a2b62b7ae98b!2m2!1d-76.0280236!2d40.9409413

Rally time: TBA   Please refer to the link below as the time is still not confirmed.
http://www.warriorswatch.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=2400
contact Scharlene NEPA A Hero’s Welcome Chapter director for more info: NEPA@aheros-welcome.org