I received a phone call today from “Jim”. I don’t know Jim but I can tell you he is someone I want on my side, that’s for sure!
He was on his way to the Plymouth Meeting Mall when he saw a wallet on the pavement outside a local bank. He picked up the wallet, got the ID out and proceeded to find the owner. He didn’t stop when the directory assistance said the phone number that matched the owner was no longer in service.. he kept on looking. “Jim” did a search on the Internet and found a post about Nick Mosakowski, USMC being welcomed home by A Hero’s Welcome. Jim contacted me, asking first for Steve Phipps, Chief of the Conshohocken FD who set up Nick’s welcome. I called Steve and by the time Steve got over to Nick’s house, our “HERO” had already delivered the wallet and was gone.
I know there are still good people out there.. I meet them everytime we do a welcome home for our Heroes.. but it’s always nice to see this type of good deed in action.
Thank you Jim!!!
(also, found out Jim’s nephew is home on leave from Afghanistan! Hopefully, we’ll get to meet Jim soon!)
Thank America’s Veterans for Our Freedom @ The Bourse Building
Friday, September 21, 2012;10am-4pm (World Gratitude Day)
Thank-A-Vet is asking Philadelphia to come together on Friday, September 21 (World Gratitude Day), to give Appreciation to America’s Military Veterans for the Freedom we enjoy every day! We will have a gigantic Thank You board for people to sign, Coffee Mugs to Decorate/ Donate and Veterans to thank in person at the Bourse Building, 111 South Independence Mall East in Philadelphia.
We will also be collecting socks (Thank-A-Vetwww.thankavet.us), canned food (Feed Our Vetswww.feedourvets.org) and toiletries (Support Homeless Veteranswww.supporthomelessveterans.org)for Veterans that are working hard to make it home.
Please contact us at su.te1553645402vakna1553645402ht@ek1553645402ard1553645402or by calling 732-570-8339, if you would like to be involved.
Thank you for Thanking Our Veterans,
Shannon N. Drake
We are actively seeking people to form new chapters across the nation!
Please email the National Chapter Liaison Bud McCullough @
moc.o1553645402ohay@1553645402083911553645402elgae1553645402nacir1553645402ema1553645402 if you want more information.
Help the Vietnam Veterans of America Raise Funds
Great Food ! Great Cause!
Wednesday, May 16
5 Pm – 8 PM
1585 East High Street
10% of all sales (dining room and drive thru) during this event will be donated to
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 565
Great Food Great Cause
UPDATE! DEBBIE WAS INTERVIEWED ON INTERNET RADIO TODAY.. LISTEN AND ENJOY! Vince-SockItToEm
DEBBIE AND PHIL SAMS, MEMBERS OF THE WARRIORS’ WATCH RIDERS AND AHW ARE TAKING UP A SOCK COLLECTION FOR THE TROOPS. PLEASE SEE THE LETTER BELOW EXPLAINING THE ORIGINAL IDEA AND THE COLLECTION THAT HAS BLOSSOMED FROM IT! LET’ S HELP DEBBIE AND PHIL MAKE THIS A SUCCESS! IF YOU HAVE WHITE SOCKS TO DONATE, PLEASE GET THEM TO EITHER OF US AND WE’LL SEE THEY GET PUT TO GOOD USE BY OUR TROOPS!
I ASKED MY SON WHO IS SOON TO BE 25 WHAT HE WANTS FOR
HIS BIRTHDAY. THE ANSWER WAS, WHITE OVER THE ANKLE SOCKS WITH NO LOGO’S. THAT MIGHT SOUND LIKE A VERY STRANGE REQUEST EXCEPT THAT SEAN IS IN THE US ARMY SERVING 12 MONTHS IN AFGHANISTAN. I WOULD THINK IF ONE SOLDIER NEEDS SOCKS, THEN SO DO ALL OF THE SOLDIERS IN HIS PLATOON.
IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO DONATE NEW SOCKS, WE WILL MAKE SURE THEY GET TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN OVERSEAS. MY HOPE IS WHAT WE TAKE FOR GRANTED IS SOMETHING OUR FIGHTING MILITARY CAN ALSO, THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND ME.
DEBBIE AND PHIL SAM
WILLIAM AND PATRICK STANDRING
From Tina Crognale / AHW:
“Through the AHW website a while back I was put in touch with the Philly comfort home for Vets
we did a local campaign here and my cousin Joe was able to bring a truck load of stuff down
While there he decided to make some major contributions from the Debbie Pieri Angel Foundation(his belated wife)
He has decided to give them a small scale gym with all the equipment they would need to work out, an intercom system for every room, and a few more goodies!
Through one email looking for donations this has come about Thank you AHW and WWR!!!!!
Power in numbers…. Love it!!!!”
If you would like to help Tina’s cousin, Joe with this wonderful foundation please contact:
In today’s paper there was an article on WWR as selected for
the “Do Gooders” in the area. Here is the link to the article.
However, the title in the Intelligencer is not the same as
The title in the print copy is
“Treating Soldiers Like Rock Stars”
At Thanksgiving, we invited readers to tell us about some of the great local nonprofit organizations doing good deeds here in Bucks and Montgomery counties.The newspaper’s staff wanted to lend a hand to these groups this holiday season by telling you about these Do Gooders and their missions of help.
About 80 nominations were received from readers offering heartfelt testimony on behalf of these organizations.
We’ve selected 10 to tell you about in a series of stories, which will be published through Jan. 2; some honorable mention organizations will be recognized in the paper toward the end of the series.
We hope you are inspired, as we were, in learning about the mission of these local charities.
Army Corporal Shawn Lotecki of Croydon, who has been deployed in a Afghanistan for the past year, receives a motorcycle escort by veterans group Warrior’s Watch from the airport to his family’s levittown where he was greeted by a friends and family. Here Warriors’ Watch riders arrive at the Lotecki family home.
We are a culture that idolizes musicians, actors and athletes.
But what about the men and women who risk everything to allow us the freedom and luxury to become enamored with things like sports, music and movies?
According to the founder of a unique military support group, those who serve in the armed forces are the real celebrities.
“We envision the day when every soldier in the service will be treated like the rock star that they are,” said Wayne Lutz, who founded the Pennsylvania-based Warriors’ Watch network in 2008.
Warriors’ Watch is trying to make that happen.
According to the group’s website, warriorswatch.org, its mission is “to honor active troops and veterans of all military branches from all eras, as well as police, firefighters and first responders.” Most of the time, this is done through motorcycle escorts for returning troops or those about to be deployed.
The site offers the chance to join an existing chapter or start a new one. It also features extensive photo galleries of past bike escorts and events.
But it’s what you can’t find on the website that truly sets this group apart: There is no “Donate” button.
While links take you to other related charities that accept monetary contributions, the organizers of Warriors’ Watch would rather see people donate their time and effort to bring awareness to the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women.
“We made a conscious decision to stay away from money entirely,” Lutz said. “If someone asks to donate, we politely turn them down and point them toward one of the many other terrific groups that would accept.”
According to Langhorne resident Jeff Huggins, the group’s Southeastern Pennsylvania coordinator, this policy was established to avoid any distractions that could take away focus from the mission.
While it’s been less than four years since that first chapter began in Glenside, Montgomery County, the group has ballooned from a mere 25 members to more than 4,000 volunteers. There are chapters in 38 states, South Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany and Canada.
While the group expands, it is careful to not box itself in to any set description.
“We are not a veterans group; we are not a motorcycle club,” the group’s website states. “Those of us who do ride use our motorcycles to draw public attention to our cause — and our cause is our troops.”
“It’s riding with a purpose, instead of just taking a cruise,” Huggins said. “Sometimes, it’s hard as we attended the funerals of fallen troops or police officers or firefighters. If you can go on one of those rides without shedding a tear, there’s something wrong with you.”
Although the bikes generate a lot of noise, turn a lot of heads and have led to a certain amount of media focus on the group, Lutz said it’s all good as long as it eventually helps the troops and their families.
“We are not in it for the recognition, but we do appreciate being noticed,” he added. “My philosophy has been that the more publicity we get, the more people will emulate us or join in.”
The inclusion of cops, firefighters and other first responders as “Warriors” was a no-brainer, according to Lutz.
“They are on the front lines here at home and many of them pay the ultimate price, just like our military troops,” he added.
Christian Menno: 215-269-5081;
A Hero’s Welcome will be collecting food and donations for the The Veterans Comfort House to help with their Holiday food needs. Please bring non perishable foods to the welcome home celebrations through the first week in December.
Also, as requested, the Comfort House is in need of some area rugs for the basement. If anyone has any rugs gathering dust somewhere please email me. Currently the floor is bare concrete. It eventually needs to be sealed and painted too.
Thanks much. Manchu Chris Hill
Carol got the 2011 Betsy Ross Activists of the Year for activism. It recognized her for involvement in groups like the Independence Hall Tea Party, A Hero’s Welcome, the Warrior’s Watch Riders, the Sheepdogs, the Pennsylvania Conservative Counsel, the Delaware County Patriots, etc. and her primary focus of the United States of America.
Keep up the great work Carol! Thank you for all you do for A Hero’s Welcome, our Troops and the United States of America!