3/30/15 Multi-State Flag Line to Honor Maryland Vietnam Vets

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We have been asked by the people from Hospice of the Chesapeake to stand a flag line to Honor the Vietnam Vets from Maryland and also mark that day as a Holiday.

This is a Multi State Mission so if any States want to set a rally point please do, I would like for all States to rally before going into the fort so we can go in as one i will post more info on our rally points as time gets near.

ANYONE HAVING ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT RC:  Tug  tugwwrnj@aol.com   for up to date info please see link below: 

http://www.warriorswatch.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=41&t=1362

by Tug: ” On Monday, March 30th, Maryland will be honoring Vietnam Veterans with a certificate of thanks & declaring that day as a State Holiday. There will be Senators, Congressman, & possibly the Governor in attendance. This is being coordinated by Hospice of the Chesapeake & is currently
scheduled to be held at Ft. Meade. My sister, Elisabeth, is helping with the coordination & has requested the WWR to attend. They are looking for as much support in honoring these Veterans as possible. The invitation is extended to the Legion, VFW, & any other military/veteran organization.

I don’t know if the WWR would be interested in honoring them as well with certificates/coins. That is something you’ll have to coordinate with her. I expressed to her that there should be a designated area for the bikes. I’m excited to go as her father-in-law will be honored & my gf’s dad will be honored. If you know anyone from MD that is a Vietnam Veteran & is willing to participate,
please let her know so they can be added to the list of honorees.”
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SEPA 2/22/15 Gathering in the new “Military Room” at Old Country Buffet in Fairless Hills, PA

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We have been invited to gather with the Warriors’ Watch Riders at the “Old Country Buffet” in Fairless Hills, PA to meet some new members and finalize our plans for the 3/15/15 mission in New York City and to discuss the 3/30/15 multi-state mission in Maryland.
We will be gathering in the Military Room that has been recently decorated by AHW and WWR with photos of Heroes we have welcomed home as well as family members who have served our Country.   Come check it out!!!
If you have a picture of yourself or family who served…. bring it with you! It will be hung on “Country Buffet Wall of Heroes”.

Date:         Sunday 2/22/15
Location :  650 COMMERCE BOULEVARD
FAIRLESS HILLS PA 19030
(215) 547-6640
Time:        2pm to 5pm

Please contact PA Chapter Director  Brenda@aheros-welcome.org to RSVP

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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

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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!

 


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

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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

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NJ/PA UPDATE! 1/0/15 Welcome Home SSgt. Daniel Wagner, U.S.M.C. PHL to NJ

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NJ 1/10 W/H Escort USMC Daniel Wagner

We have been asked to Welcome Home USMC Daniel Wagner from his 5th Overseas Deployment and escort him home…W O W!!!!! So that is just what we will do!!!!

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We have been asked to Welcome Home USMC Daniel Wagner from his 5th Overseas Deployment…W O W!!!!!

So that is just what we will do!!!!Our Hero is a 14yr Marine with 5…YES 5 Deployments, 4 to Iraq and 1 to AfghanistanDaniel P Wagner
Age 32
US Marine Corp
Enlisted July 2001
Infantry Forward Observer
Staff Sergeant
Ribbons – All Combat, Good Conduct, Presidential Unit Citation, and Navy Achievement Medal
Returning from Okinawa – Served for 3 years with wife Jessica
Grew up in Haddon Twp NJ, Richmond VA, and Emaus PA
Brief Biography of Service
July 2001 Volunteered and sent to Parris Island SC for boot camp.
911 attack took place while he was in boot camp.
Completed training as a forward observer and assigned to unit at Cherry Point NC.
Unit shipped to Kuwait and participated in 2003 invasion of Iraq.
During invasion his unit located an entire Iraqi mechanized division parked at a railroad terminal. They called in artillery and air fire to destroy the entire division. Unit awarded PUC.
Second tour in Iraq prepared intelligence for the Marine conquest of Falujah.Fourth tour in Iraq he volunteered at the request of his commanding officer. He was the only Sergeant with combat experience. In return he got to chose his next duty assignment.
Assigned to Quantico for a year where he directed military burials for veterans.
Assigned to Artillery at Camp LeJeune NC
Assigned for a year tour in Afghanistan. Sergeant of the Guard in charge of ammo and fuel dumps as well as perimeter of Camp Leatherneck. During his time there he witnessed a terrorist attack which left 4 injured. Because of his experience he was able to render first aid before the medics arrived and was credited with saving the legs of 2 Afghan civilians and 2 Marines. One week later he was promoted to Staff Sergeant.
Came back to LeJeune and became a drug councilor.
Assigned to Okinawa for three years and was accompanied by his wife Jessica. Jessica worked as a civilian for a Marine public relations unit for all three years and encouraged Daniel to complete his education. Daniel attends the University of Maryland”s Asia Division and will complete the 3 credits he needs for his Bachlors Degree By April. He is leaving the active Marine Corps but is joining the active Marine Corp Reserve to complete his 20 YearsRally……….FB 69 2125 (9:25pm)  82nd and Bartram Ave. Philadelphia, PA
KSU————–2150 (9:50pm)

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WWR RC———–DEREK…Thank you Derek for stepping up to do this!!!

 

NEPA 1/24/15 Homes For Our Troops ‘kick-off’ building project for Army SPC Roberto (Robert) Reyes Jr. in Hawley, PA

Homes For Our Troops is coming to Hawley, PA !!
Homes For Our Troops Community Kick Off Event
SPC Roberto (Robert) Reyes, Jr.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Hawley, PA
Rally Time: TBD
11:00 AM Ceremony
SPC Reyes has been living in a VA Facility for 10 years and will now be getting a home of his own!
We have been asked to organize a flag line for the Community Kick Off Event.
Bring your 3×5 American flags, or come to support HFOT as they announce the project to the community.
You can also sign up to be a volunteer, or to donate services towards the project, while you’re at it!

On January 26, 2005 during his second deployment while moving with A Company, 1-8 CAV, 1st Cavalry Division in Baghdad, Army SPC Roberto (Robert) Reyes Jr. was ejected 20-feet in the air from his vehicle after it was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED). The impact of his fall and shrapnel embedded in his head from the explosion resulted in severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and partial paralysis. At the time, doctors at Walter Reed told SPC Reyes’ family that he probably only had 24 hours to live.

Now medically retired, Robert remains in the guardianship of his aunt, Maria Mendez-Valentin. Together with her husband Carlos, the two try to provide Robert with a nurturing and loving family as he continues to recover from his life-altering injuries. But since their home is not wheelchair accessible and Robert requires fulltime care and spacious accommodations for his medical equipment, they have no choice but to place him in residence at a VA facility in New York. Currently, this means traveling back and forth to see him from their home in Pennsylvania. The visits can be particularly heartbreaking for Maria and Carlos, as Robert will often become reticent and tell them “I want to go home.”
There is nothing more that Maria wants on this earth than to grant her nephew that wish. Having a specially adapted home, one equipped with a lift system that can move Roberto in and out of bed will be a godsend to Maria and the family. He will have room to freely navigate his wheelchair inside the home and go outside and feel the sun, too. He will even be able to bathe and shower in the privacy of his own home, unlike his current residence which requires his daily care to be outsourced at another facility. But best of all, says Maria, he will be able to spend holidays together carving turkeys and opening presents with the family-at home. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” says Maria on behalf of Robert. “Living in his own home will improve his outlook on life as he prays every day to be home.”
Robert used to love playing football and wrestling prior to his injuries. Maria says her goal in life is to be able to watch Robert cook. She looks forward to helping Robert rebuild his life through the gift of a specially adapted home from Homes for Our Troops. Says Maria, “Robert hasn’t really come home from war yet….home is where he needs to be.”

https://www.hfotusa.org/reyes

NY December 2014 Welcome Home West Point graduate US Army 1st. Lt. Derek Stanley, Saugerties, NY

A Hero’s Welcome and the Warrior’ Watch Riders Saugerties, NY Chapter were asked to welcome home 1st Lt Derek Stanley, US Army last week, below are some photos of this OUTSTANDING welcome home celebration and some details about our HERO!!!.. . GREAT JOB PATRIOT AL  and company !!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

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Here is some background on Derek:

> Derek graduated Saugerties High School in 2007. He entered the United States Military Academy Preparatory School Class of 2008 a month later and graduated the following May. He started his 47 month journey at West Point the next month where he was a varsity wrestler (placed 7th in the nation in his senior year) and branched engineer. He graduated USMA Class of 2012 as a 2LT with a BS degree in Engineering. Upon graduation, he participated in several focused training exercises and then returned to the USMA Prep School to serve as coach of the wrestling team. He then joined his unit in Anchorage, AK; 23rd Engineer Company – Sappers. In May of 2014, he deployed to AFG and was assigned his first platoon. He successfully lead his group focused on route clearance. He earned the rank of 1LT and returned to Anchorage in November 2014.

> Derek’s parents are Lisa and Ken Stanley, Sr of Saugerties, NY. He has one sister and two brothers, one who is currently a Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, Class of 2017

SEPA DELAY!!! UPDATE!! 12/20/14 MIDNIGHT Welcome Home SPC Gunnar Paterson, US Army PHL to Eddystone, PA

TONIGHT’S FLIGHT IS DELAYED BUT THE DELAY TIME HAS BEEN REDUCED!   OUR RIDE CAPT HAS DECIDED TO KEEP THE SAME RALLY TIME, ETC IN CASE THERE ARE FURTHER CHANGES.  

SAME RALLY TIME, SAME LOCATION!!!

Update!!!Sidekick has talked with mom and we’ll escort our HERO home, 15 minute ride from the airport so lets make some noise and show our Hero, his family, neighbors and friends the WWR and AHW Love...

Main Rally Point: FB69
Main Rally Time: Midnight
KSU: 12:30 AM
Clarification- This mission will be late this coming Saturday evening 12/20 going into early Sunday morning 12/21…
RC – Sidekick- Thanks MJ for stepping up...

 

A Hero’s Welcome received a request from Danby Paterson to join in the planning of a BIG PARTY for her son, Gunnar.  The welcome home plans were started as soon SPC Paterson left for his deployment!    UPDATE!!! The details are  finalized!!! Let’s help Danby make this a party her son will never forget.. a real HERO’s WELCOME!!!

From Danby (Mom): 

2012 graduate of Ridley High School. Dad is Dave Paterson. Mom is me..  Younger brother is 18 yr old Zac. Enjoys snow boarding and cars. Gunnar was the youngest MP in US Army for almost a year. OSUT at Fort Leonard Wood. Stationed at Fort Carson. Served in Afghanistan from March 12, 2014 to Nov 24,2014. Closed FOBs (Forward Operating Bases) Frontenac and Walton and ended mission at KAF (Kandahar Air Field) Awarded CAB (Combat Action Badge) and German Schuetzenschnur.

Thanks  again,

Danby Paterson

Ok folks, how about a late night mission to Welcome Home our Hero. This will be a Welcome Home at Philadelphia International Airport.

Family requested that we surprise our Hero right there, no escort needed and that’s what we are going to do…

 

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Details on our Hero from his Proud Army Mom:

“Hello,

First of all, I just wanted to say what a wonderful thing you and the rest of the volunteers are doing.  A BIG thank you to you all.

I am writing to get more information on what I need to do in order to request a “welcome home” for my son who is currently serving in Afghanistan.  He won’t be home until the end of November but, as you can imagine, we are already preparing a HUGE party for him!

SPC Gunnar Paterson,serving as an MP in the US Army.  His platoon is responsible for closing FOBs that are no longer being used by NATO forces and making sure that the ANA are properly trained, so he is all over Afghanistan.”