8/4/15 National Night Out, Springfield, PA


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Chief Joseph J. Daly of the TOWNSHIP OF SPRINGFIELD 

DELAWARE COUNTY    has invited A Hero’s Welcome to once again join in the “Crime Prevention and National Night Out” celebration.  

Please meet at  Springfield Township Country Club Pool located at 400 West Sproul Road.  at 5:30 PM if you ‘d like to stand at our Hero’ s Welcome table and promote our organization.   Thank you! 

Info from Chief Daly’s letter about the National Night out is below:   

On Tuesday, August 4th, 2015, the Springfield Township Police Department, in conjunction with the Target Corporation, will again sponsor the annual “Crime Prevention and National Night Out” celebration.  National Night out is designed to:

  1.  Heighten crime and drug prevention;
  2. Generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts;
  3. Strengthen neighborhood spirit and Police-Community partnerships; and
  4. Send a message to criminals letting them know Springfield residents are organized and committed to keeping Springfield Township a safe place to live and work.

On the evening of August 4th from 6 PM to 9 PM, area residents are reminded to lock their doors, turn on exterior lights, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and Police Officers.  This event will be held at the Springfield Township Country Club Pool located at 400 West Sproul Road.  



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

7/4/15 Independence Day Mug ‘n Hug for Older Vets, Middletown, PA


A Hero’s Welcome has been invited to join the Warriors’ Watch Riders honor WWII and Korean War Veterans who reside in a Bucks County nursing home on Saturday July 4, 2015.

After the Middletown Independence Day Parade, which the Warriors’ Watch Riders will be participating in, we will visit the nursing home where some of the residents will be outside watching the parade.

Added by Lenny from WWR:
” We have a little added twist to our part in the parade this year.
At the end of the parade route is a nursing home that my mother-in-law has resided at for 10 years.
There are seven or eight (now the number has now grown!) veterans that are living there now. When we get to the nursing home most of the residents will be outside to watch the parade. We will stop and surprise the veterans with our magic coin.
Please come out to join WWR on Independence Day. 
We will be done by 9:45 am.” 

Contact Brenda or Maria for destination address: 

Parking may be at a premium due to the parade so give yourself some extra time.

Rally Time:  9:00 am  Middletown, PA area 


PA 7/5/15 Mug ‘n Hug for WWII Vet Anthony J Oliveri, U. S. Army Glenolden, PA


Warriors’ Watch Riders have invited us to join them to honor a WWII Veteran.  Here are the details from WWR.

“We have been asked by the son (Dan) of a WW2 Vet if we could stop by and say hello to his 93 year old father (Anthony) who is on hospice care.”

Warriors’ Watch assured him that we have a soft spot for our Vets from the Greatest Generation and that we would love to stop by and shake his hand. 
Dan is a good friend of Scott Childs of Centurions MC , who will be joining us in this mission. 

Rally Time 12:15 PM
Rally Place: Walmart parking lot 50 N MacDade Blvd. Glenolden PA 19036
KSU: 12:55 PM

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


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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


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)

6/28/15 Flag line at Vets Journey Home, Reading, PA

Once again, A Vets Journey Home has asked  A Hero’s Welcome to honor the Veterans who will participate in the Vet’s Journey Home retreat weekend on Sunday, 6/28.  Please bring your 3×5 American Flags.Vets Journey Home is an organization dedicated to helping veterans with emotional issues from time in military service. Vets Journey Home focuses on PTSD, MST (Military Sexual Trauma), emotional guilt and trauma many veterans carry with them long after their time in service. These are feelings that are hard to release to family and friends who have not experienced them. Vets Journey Home is committed to giving veterans the Welcome Home they deserved and helping them heal their hearts and bring peace to their souls.

Below is a link to tell you a little more about this wonderful organization.


We are honored and humbled to be a part of this very important moment in their lives. It is a time of healing, renewal, and a fresh start and we, of course, will be there for these heroes.
Rally Point: DQ parking lot,

820 Kenhorst Plaza, Reading, PA  (corner of Rt. 724 and Rt. 625) 19607

Rally Time: 2:25 pm
KSU: 2:55 pm

6/27/15 Mug n Hug for one of our own! King of Prussia, PA

A Hero’s Welcome, we received a unique request to honor one of our own.

We have taken the special guest’s name off our mailing list so he doesn’t know this mission is about him.. and we are posting limited details on our site so we don’t ruin the surprise.

 (If it’s raining too badly, we will present our Certificate of Appreciation in the theater.)

Rally Time 11:45 am

Rally Date: Saturday 6/27/15
Rally Location: Regal IMAX theater ,
300 Goddard Blvd, King of Prussia, PA 19406


Please contact Brenda Hecklin 215-816-9860 or Maria Hyland 610-327-2916 for more info

UPDATE! PA 6/11/15 Welcome Home Cpl. Adam Donahue, USMC PHL to Goldenridge, PA


A Hero’s Welcome, get ready!!!   We have been asked to bring another HERO home and of course, we said ABSOLUTELY!!!!

Cpl.Adam Donahue, USMC will be returning home to his very large family, he is one of 9 children, most of whom are serving our country in one way or another.

Adam hasn’t ever seen everyone together at one time!!! .. so this should be a super day for the Donahue family! We will be joined by the  Warriors’ Watch to ensure we give Adam a proper welcome home!

Our Hero will be returning from his tour on Thursday June 11, 2015 at approximately 9:00 am.  We will rally at FB 69, welcome Adam home and then escort him to Goldenridge / Levitown/Bristol area of PA.

More details are coming!!!  grab your 3×5 Flag and a friend or two.. this is a morning mission, please spread the word! 

Rally Point:  FB 69  82nd and Bartram Ave.  Philadelphia, PA

Rally Time: 8:15 am

KSU: 8:45 am

PA 6/10/15 Mug n Hug SSgt Michele Labant, PA National Guard, Limerick to Pottstown, PA

Michele is a young Veteran – a wounded warrior – who went through some hell on earth and came out of it, but never got one of our welcome homes. Father Fred of the PA Gospel Riders told Ed Thomas there is going to be a photo shoot on Wednesday for Michele (yep this Wed) in Pottstown at 5pm and Ed was asked for the use of his bike. Ed agreed and also suggested our famous mug-n-hug and Father Fred said lets do it for Michele !

Rally Time : 4:45 PM

Rally Place: Limerick Diner  411 West Ridge Pike, Limerick, PA 19468

KSU : Michele arrives approx. 5:15