9/12/15 Mug n Hug for Armond Biccotti, Conshohocken, PA Watch For updates!


AHW has received a request to honor a 92 yr. old WWII Veteran…a member of America’s greatest generation. We can’t wait to Mug ‘n Hug him!

Rally Time: TBA

Rally Location: TBA

From Susan Ginn: “My dad, Armond Biccotti, went into the Army when he was 19yrs old in January of 1944. He was stationed in France. Memorial Day of that year he was stationed in England from May to June when DD occurred. He was discharged that June. My Dad was in the Engineers outfit and his job was in the motor pool servicing the vehicles like the LFT’s. He started out as a Private then left as a PFC. He has a 4 stars campaign ribbon.

He was married to my mom Gladys Ciccotti who passed away in Oct of 1990. He has 2 daughters Carol D’Annunzio of Plymouth Meeting, Pa and me Susan Ginn of Doylestown Pa. He has 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. My Dad was a stone mason after his service. He later joined the Carpenters Union. He enjoys doing his crafts in his garage.”

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 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!!!

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 @ www.thefreemanstage.org

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 www.operationseastheday.org 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     ahwdelaware@gmail.com  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: homeofthebravefdn.org



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: 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,


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 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)

8/22/15 (B) Mug And Hug for Army Capt. / Holland, PA

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Thank you for everyone for  joining us in this welcome home! 
We received great support from some of our finest!…Members of the Northampton Township Fire Department!!
A Hero’s Welcome, we have been invited to join the Warriors Watch Riders on Saturday to Mug n Hug for an Army Capt. who has  just returned from Texas.
Our hero attended Indiana Univ. of PA and enrolled in their ROTC program.
Among some of her duty stations were helping with relief efforts for Katrina.
She also served in Afghanistan and soon will be heading out  for Spain.
She grew up in Lancaster and now calls Northeast Philly home.



8/22/15 (A) Memorial Service for Veterans who have committed suicide as a result of PTSD Plymouth Meeting, PA

A Hero’s Welcome would like to support this event as a way of promoting awareness to the community about PTSD, the alarming increase in Veterans committing suicide each day and as a memorial to those Veterans who have died as a result of suicide.

I’m asking that you please support this cause by either attending this event or going onto the links Erica has provided to educate yourself about this issue.  Also, if you know someone you suspect is in need of help, please contact Veterans Crisis Line  1-800-273-8255 PRESS 1

This info has been provided to us by Erica Walsh.

My name is Erica Walsh, a former United States Army MP Staff Sergeant. I served on Active Duty for 8 years and during that time I completed 3 overseas tours; which included Hardship Tours in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Korea; and a combat tour in Iraq. I was honorably discharged in November 2012, and then opened up a gym called Dub Fitness, LLC. I met many of you on some missions with my Dad LeeW, but most memorable was a cold January night in 2010 when Warriors Watch and A Heroes Welcome presented coins and certificates to both myself and my cousin Mike after our escort home from PHL. That was one of the greatest events of my life!
I am hosting an outdoor charity Boot camp/Fundraiser where I will be donating 100% of the proceeds to Active Heroes (http://activeheroes.org/). This boot camp is being held to raise money to aid Active Heroes in building a retreat center for the thousands of veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and commit suicide every year. This event is supported by the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans of America, ( IAVA) and they are helping promote it for me.
The fundraiser will be held at Miles Park in Lafayette Hill on August 22, 2015 at 8 a.m. I would like to invite Warriors’ Watch Riders and A Heroes Welcome to hold a flag line during our 2-minute moment of silence at minute 22 into the boot camp; the number 22 representing the number of Veterans who commit suicide each day. This would require minimal time from your groups, and you can head out after the Two minutes to continue on with your days plans, and I feel our colorful Flags really help make a statement! This is a fitness event for all ability levels and all are welcome to participate. This is a first time event for me and it may be very small potatoes in comparison to some events, but I’m proud to be actively doing something positive for our suffering vets. Won’t you please help make this a success?

You can visit http://www.EndVeteransuicide.com for more information.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your time.
Very Respectfully,
Erica L. Walsh, CFT
Owner/Head Coach  AND ARMY VETERAN (Added by Maria)
Dub Fitness, LLC.

Rally Time 07:45
Rally Place : Miles Park Parking lot on 305 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill PA, 19444….. just west of Joshua Road
KSU: 08:00

NJ 8/18 Mug n Hug for MSGT. HAROLD WEISS, WWII VETERAN Cherry Hill, NJ

It was a great day in Cherry Hill to say “THANK YOU” to MSGT. Harold Weiss.. one of America’s greatest generation! Thanks to Honor Flight to introducing us and inviting us to join in this day.  Thanks to Warriors’ Watch as always!
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A Hero’s Welcome and the Warriors’ Watch Riders were asked by Honor Flight Philadelphia to help them honor another WWII Veteran.  So many of our WWII Veterans are able to visit the National Monument to honor their service in Washington, DC through the graciousness of Honor Flight Philadelphia.
Mr. Weiss’ wish was to take part in an Honor Flight but his health does not allow that. So, we will take our respect to him!  
No fee is ever charged to the Vets for the trip to DC… THESE VETERANS MORE THAN PAID BY WHAT THEY DID FOR OUR COUNTRY OVER 70 YEARS AGO!!!!!

MSGT. Weiss enlisted  on 8/21/42 and was honorably discharge late 1945. He was

assigned as an Engineer and later became a unit clerk. Harold was a

WWII Pacific Veteran, trained in Massachusetts and Virginia and served in New Guinea and Japan. He grew up and went through school in Philadelphia. Eventually trained as an Accountant.

Please join AHW, WWR and the Honor Flight members in thanking WWII Veteran Harold Weiss for his service.


1889 Marlton Pike E
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003


PA 8/15/15 Welcome Home Todd McKee Reese, US Army Coatesville, PA

We have been invited by the Warriors’ Watch Rider to fulfill the request of Proud Army father Todd Reese has asked if we could do a Mug & Hug / Welcome Home for his son Todd McKee Reese. Of course we can!

Todd Is a Private 1st Class returning from a 10 month deployment in Afghanistan. He is a member of the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry, Iron Rakkasans, member of Air Assault, 101st Airborne. When home, he is a volunteer fireman for the West End Fire Company in Coatesville. We will escort him to a Fire Company picnic where they will celebrate his return!!!! 

We will be joined on the escort by local police, a fire truck, and members of the Red Knights. The Fire Company Board of Directors have invited us all to stay and enjoy the feast.

There’s plenty of time to make both missions on Saturday!!!

Rally location: Washington Hose Company, 4th and Lincoln Highway, back parking lot in Coatesville, PA 

Rally time:1:30 pm

KSU: 1:50 pm

PA 8/22/15 (C) Mug n Hug for Sonarman 3rd Class Daniel J. Finello, Sr. US Navy, WWII Veteran Ivyland, PA

It was a beautiful day in Ivyland to have a long over-due welcome home for Sonar Man Finello, US Navy!  Family and friends warmly welcomed the Warriors’ Watch and A Hero’s Welcome!  Thank you for your hospitality and Daniel, thank YOU for your service!!! Photos and Video below courtesy of Bikerider, thank you Jeff!


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Rally Time: 1430 (2:30 PM) 

Rally Place: Courtyard at Ivyland, 880 Jacksonville Road, Ivyland PA. (between Bristol and Street roads) 

KSU: 1455 (2:55 PM) 

Arrival at destination:  3:00 pm (1500)

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A Hero’s Welcome received the following request:

“I am writing to inquire about scheduling A Hero’s Welcome event for my grandfather at his upcoming party. My grandfather, Daniel J. Finello, Sr., recently turned 90 years old. We, his family, are hosting a surprise birthday party for him on Saturday, August, 22, 2015.

 My grandfather served our country honorably in World War II. He was enlisted from June 1943 – March 1946. He is very proud of military service and told me a lot about his time in the service. He served in the United States Navy as a Sonarman, 3rd Class on the USS Bryant (DD-665). He participated in 9 major campaigns, including Iwo Jima, and countless offensives in the South Pacific.”

Our hero, Daniel J. Finello, Sr. received the following decorations and citations:

World War II Victory Medal and Ribbon

American Campaign Medal and Ribbon

Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal (1 Silver and 2 Bronze Stars) and Ribbon

Navy/USCG Unit Commendation Ribbon

Combat Action Ribbon

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Honorable Service Lapel Pin (Ruptured Duck)

Philippine Liberation Medal (2 Bronze Stars)

Philippine Liberation Ribbon

Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (Navy) 


Sonarman 3rd class Finello loves all Philadelphia sports. He never misses watching a Phillies game on TV. He also watches all the Eagles game.


Wow! Chris, we’ll give your grandfather something else to love – a tremendous show of appreciation for his service to our country! You bet we will honor your hero…our hero at his surprise 90th birthday party!  As a member of America’s greatest generation, the generations that followed would love to have the opportunity to thank him for his service and for protecting the freedoms that we hold dear.



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.

John is a 2011 graduate of Bensalem High School where he played soccer and was a place kicker for the Bensalem Owls football team in his senior year.  He enlisted in 2012.  Stationed at Moody Air Force Base in GA he’s a part of the 23rd Security Squadron aka “Ghost Squadron.”

When he has down time he enjoys soccer and riding his Harley-Davidson

Rally point:        WAWA

                          4662 Bensalem Blvd

                          Bensalem, PA  19020

                          (between Ford and Adams Rds.)

Rally time:   2:30pm (1430)
KSU:      2:55pm (1455)

For more info, contact Brenda@aheros-welcome.org

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 www.SoldierSocks.org 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 cause.photo 1 photo 2 photo 3