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Extortion 17 Memorial Motorcycle Auction and Ride

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Almost three years ago, August 6th, we lost an amazing group of Americans and their Afghan counterparts when Extortion 17, a US Army CH-47 helicopter was shot down over Wardak Province in Afghanistan. The toll was devastating; 25 Navy and Air Force Special Operators, five United States Army National Guard and Army Reserve aircrewmen, seven Afghan commandos, and one Afghan interpreter, as well as a US military working dog. Now, we remember their sacrifice and endeavor to raise funds to support their families.

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Green Devil Garage built this amazing motorcycle to help raise funds for the Travis Mannion Foundation via auction. The Travis Mannion Foundation is a non-parochial 501(c)(3) charity that has a very simple charter, “To assist our nation’s veterans and the families of fallen heroes.” Funds from the Memorial Ride will go to the 31 Heroes Project.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to go check this build out for myself at Green Devil Garage.

In addition to auctioning off this custom bike on August 2nd, there is a Memorial Ride as well. Even if you can’t make it in person, you can sign up as a virtual rider and receive a t-shirt.

Additional info on the fundraiser is available at www.crowdrise.com/extortion17motorcyclebuild/fundraiser/gdgextortionbuild. You can also donate directly to the fundraiser if you can’t make it to the memorial ride.

Below is the full press release.

Green Devil Garage to Build and Donate Tribute Motorcycle for the 3rd Annual Extortion 17 Memorial Ride

The Third Annual Extortion 17 Memorial Ride will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014. The Memorial Ride is dedicated to the memory of 30 active duty military servicemen and 1 military working dog killed in action on August 6, 2011 when a CH-47 helicopter was shot down by enemy fire in Afghanistan. The Memorial Ride provides an opportunity for the community to gather and commemorate the Heroes of August 6, and to rally in a show of support for Gold Star families. This event not only ensures that their sacrifice is remembered, but it also serves as a fundraiser for families of fallen US service members via the 31Heroes Project, in partnership with the Travis Manion Foundation.

Green Devil Garage is pleased to announce that it will build a new motorcycle to be auctioned off at this year’s ride. This marks the second year the company will support the Extortion 17 Memorial Ride with an original design motorcycle. Last year at the Second Annual Extortion 17 Memorial Ride, Green Devil Garage’s custom bobber was the most valuable auction item, drawing $24,500 for the aforementioned charities. NRA American Warrior wrote about the tribute motorcycle: viewer.zmags.com/publication/e1dcb56f#/e1dcb56f/86

The Veteran-owned-operated small business is looking to raise $20,000 towards the build of this year’s custom bike. Donations will cover the cost of custom parts for the build. Any overage in donations will be forwarded to the The Travis Manion Foundation. Donors can support the 2014 custom Extortion 17 bike build by donating here through this Crowdwise page.
Opened in 2013, Green Devil Garage is Hampton Roads’ first motorcycle-repair-and-storage shop. Green Devil Garage specializes in building custom motorcycles and motorcycle repairs. Green Devil Garage provides storage solutions for motorcycles, complete with maintenance. Green Devil Garage is located on 553 South Birdneck Road # 209, Virginia Beach, Virginia and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 pm. Tuesday – Saturday. For more information, call Green Devil Garage at (757) 995-7288 or email greendevilgarage@gmail.com.

***SPECIAL NOTICE***
Donors for the motorcycle build will receive the same benefits as donors for the Extortion 17 Memorial Ride. Benefit levels follow:

Presenting Sponsors • $10,000 and up
o 12 T-shirts
o 12 EVENT BRACELETS
o Most prominent logo on 48×60 banner
o Most prominent company logo on the back of the annual ride T-shirt
o Promotion through website and Facebook

Platinum • $5,000
o 6 T-shirts
o 6 EVENT BRACELETS
o Logo on 48×60 banner (2nd level of prominence)
o 2nd prominent company logo on the back of the annual ride T-shirt
o Promotion through website and Facebook

Gold • $2,000
o 4 T-shirts
o Logo on 48×60 banner
o Promotion through website and Facebook

Silver • $1,000
o 2 T-shirts
o Logo on 48×60 banner
o Promotion through website and Facebook

Bronze • $500
o Logo on 48×60 banner
o Promotion through website and Facebook

Combat Flip Flops Over Halfway To Its Goal Of $15,000 For Afghan Cashmere

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Combat Flip Flops is over halfway to its goal of sourcing Afghan cashmere from local producers to create scarves for first world markets. The donations made so far have:

  • helped fund over 90 days of school for Afghan women.
  • logged hours in Afghan factories supporting small businesses and driving economic stability.
  • supported a Veteran owned business that gives back to the Veteran community.
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    To add incentive, CFF has added a new donation reward to the list: The Gunner, an Afghan shemagh embroidered with a belt of ammo. The Gunner requires 6 hours of manual production in a woman owned factory, funds a week of school for an Afghan girl, and supports a veteran-owned business. For a $70 donation, you get a first run Gunner.

    The campaign ends August 18th, 2014.

    campaigns.vetlaunchusa.com/campaigns/combat-flip-flops-rock-the-cashmagh

    Put the Hot Shots Girls on Kilimanjaro to Benefit Help For Heroes

    Monday, July 14th, 2014

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    Some of the the same young ladies who adorn the pages of the popular Hot Shots Calendar plan to summit Africa’s Kilimanjaro next Summer. They need your help. In turn, they’ll be raising awareness for their favorite charity Help for Heroes.

    Hotshots Calendar are climbing Kilimanjaro! After 7 years of raising money with the annual Hotshots Calendar, the girls, along with two members of the HSC Team are going to the extreme! They will be climbing Kilimanjaro with Help for Heroes in February 2015! Aiming to raise in excess of £25,000 for the charity, HSC Girls Kelly Hall & Daisy Watts will be joined by Ming Davies and Adam Edgar as they give everything to ‘Conquer the roof of Africa’. Please give generously, every penny counts, help be apart of making a difference to the brave men and women of our Armed Forces. Thank you for visiting my fundraising page.Donating through this page is simple, quick and secure. It is the most efficient way to give – so every donation goes further – and if you are a UK taxpayer and give Gift Aid consent you will boost your donation.Thank you for your support.

    www.bmycharity.com/teamhotshots

    EOD Foundation Presents Service Dog to Wounded Warrior at Warrior East

    Thursday, July 10th, 2014

    Earlier today, during the Warrior Expo setup day, Chief Steve Bronson and Axl Rose, his Dutch Shepard Pitbull presented Wounded Warrior Brad Lang with his new service animal, Diego, on behalf of the EOD Warrior Foundation.

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    A Wounded Warrior, Brad Lang retired from the Marine Corps as an EOD SSgt after receiving graves wounds on July 24th, 2011 in the Sangin River Valley in Helmland Province. He recovered and nowadays, Brad keeps his head in the game by running Stumpy’s Custom Guns, Inc. in Swansboro, NC along with Johnny Morris who also lost a leg as a Marine EOD NCO. They named the shop “Stumpies” because they’ve got one good leg between the two of them. They also employ other Wounded Warriors.

    Diego is a two year old Belgian Malanois. He’s undergone seven months of training for his new assignment as Brad’s service dog. Steve Bronson has really brought Diego a long way over that time.

    This is a reunion for Brad and Diego. They last saw each other during SHOT Show in January. Brad had Diego initially for about four months and then he turned him over to BMC Bronson (USN, Ret) to train him as a service dog. Diego has been learning how to recover Brad’s chair, assist with handicapped doors and crosswalks as well as regular doors. Most of all, Diego will be someone to, in Brad’s own words, “watch my Six.”

    EOD Warrior Foundation has paid for the entire training process. Everything from food to vet bills to training. They even purchased a Jog-a-Dog treadmill for Diego so that he can work off his excess energy. I spoke with EOD Warrior Foundation Founder and Chairman of the Board BMCM Ken Falke (EOD) (USN, Ret). He said, “We’re honored to be able to sponsor Diego’s training in order to make a difference in Brad’s life. We’re also grateful to Chief Bronson for his time and patience training Diego.”

    Diego and Brad have one more challenge to surmount. Diego will be taking a public access test to assess his abilities to work with Brad in a public setting. Based on what I saw today, they’ll do just fine.

    www.EODwarriorfoundation.org

    Don’t Miss the No Breaks Throwdown Charity Fundraiser

    Monday, July 7th, 2014

    Are you coming to this week’s Warrior Expo presented by ADS here in Virginia Beach? Then you don’t want to miss the No Brakes Throwdown Charity Fundraiser presented by our friends at Tactical Distributors and Uber Group.

    No Brakes Throw Down

    This event sponsored by Arc’teryx, S&S Precision, Daniel Defense, SSD, Smith Optics, and more, the No Brakes Throwdown offers fun, barbecue, beverages, and go kart racing! Don’t miss it!

    Racing is open to all, but limited to just 130 available slots. Naturally, those not wishing to race can also attend as spectators! The top four racers will receive prizes from the sponsor companies, and the first place winner will choose the charity the funds are donated to.

    The event is being held at American Indoor Karting in Virginia Beach, Virginia on July 9th, 2014 from 1730-2200 Eastern. That’s the night before ADS Warrior East.

    For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.tacticaldistributors.com/blog/no-brakes-throwdown

    Combat Flip Flops’ Rock The Cashmagh Campaign

    Monday, July 7th, 2014

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    Combat Flip Flops currenty has a campaign on the new crowdfunding site Vet Launch, which hosts crowdfunding campaigns for Veterans. They’re looking for $15000 to launch a brand-new cashmere program which will utilize cashmere wool from local goat farmers in Afghanistan to create luxury scarves for First World markets. Through this effort, CFF looks to aid in developing a stable and self-sufficient economy in Afghanistan by encouraging Afghans to embrace enterprise through exportation, empowering millions of Afghanistan goat herders.

    campaigns.vetlaunchusa.com/campaigns/combat-flip-flops-rock-the-cashmagh

    The Valhalla Project – UTV Fundraiser

    Thursday, May 29th, 2014

    The Valhalla Project is a Veteran reintegration and homesteading education project founded by retired Special Forces LTC Gordon Cucullu and his wife Chris Fontana. Based in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, the long term goal of the Valhalla Project is to become a completely self sufficient, permaculture based farm. It serves as a place for combat veterans and civilian wartime contractors to learn life skills, decompress, and transition back to a peacetime lifestyle.

    Currently, Valhalla requires a Utility Vehicle for use as a workhorse and to transport Veterans with limited mobility around the 200 acre property, which operates year-round and sits on rough terrain.

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    A fundraiser set up on GoFundMe is working towards purchasing a $12,000 Yamaha Viking UTV. Donate to support this worthy cause, and take advantage of some best donation rewards we’ve ever seen in a crowd funding campaign, including signed novels, certificates for training courses, a 762Tactical Operator Chest Rig, and even having your name immortalized in the latest Dalton Fury Delta Force book. The donation period is limited, so please, help out if you can.

    www.gofundme.com/8g33gc

    Lightning Friends and Family Memorial Organization – 2nd Annual Golf Tourney

    Sunday, May 18th, 2014

    The 525 Battlefield Surveillance Brigade has a long, rich history of providing direct and general Intelligence support to America’s rapid deployment forces. They’ve been stationed on Fort Bragg, NC off and on since 1948.

    The 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade provides intelligence analysis and collection support to the XVIII Airborne Corps. It is the only rapidly deployable battlefield surveillance brigade in the United States Army. The brigade headquarters, two MI battalions and a Cavalry Squadron are stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The brigade’s capabilities include a full range of advanced intelligence analysis and intelligence collection that includes counterintelligence, long range surveillance, aerial signals intelligence, and Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP). Its Soldiers come from across the range of Military Occupational Specialties in the Army to include military intelligence disciplines, infantry, aviation, signal, and the full range of critical Combat Support and Combat Service Support experts. Its mission is to provide all-source, predictive intelligence and electronic warfare in support of worldwide contingency operations.

    Over the years, they’ve lost their share of personnel but it turns out that they are the only unit on Bragg without a memorial. Although I was never assigned to the 525th MI, I have many friends who have been and I served as a SIGINT NCO for many years in another unit on Bragg and as an Intelligence Officer in a unit on Pope AFB for a few more. Naturally, Lightning Friends and Family Memorial Organization’s story, and their effort to pay for a memorial is of interest to me. I thought it was a good idea to share the organization with SSD’s readers as well as info on their upcoming golf tournament.

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    The Lightning Friends and Family Memorial Organization was established for the purpose of constructing a Memorial to honor fallen Soldiers of the 525th BfSB. The Lightning Memorial is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit public charity organization. All contributions are tax-deductible. The permanent monument will be erected on Ft. Bragg, NC. This memorial project will recognize those service members and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving.

    Lightning Friends and Family Golf Tourney

    To learn more, ‘Like’ them on Facebeook – www.facebook.com/pages/Lightning-Friends-and-Family-Memorial-Organization

    Survival.Signal.Rescue Panel

    Monday, May 12th, 2014

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    Developed by a friend of SSD, the Survival.Signal.Rescue Panel or SAR Panel is a multipurpose signal panel designed to help the user survive and get rescued in an emergency situation.

    The top side is composed of NSI/ISEA 107-2010 compliant high-visibility material, designed to reflect light in either day or night conditions. A center pocket stores the included 20ft. of 400lb break strength kevlar cord, and the entire panel can be stored within the pocket when not in use. High contrast black webbing is sewn around the edges, providing strong attachment points for the included cord.

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    The bottom side is composed of a US manufactured heat-reflective Mylar, thicker than a standard space blanket. In addition to the signaling and marking functionality, the SSR panel can be used as a sun shade, and the integral pocket can hold hand-warmer and be wrapped around the user’s chest, while the Mylar side is positioned outward to reflect and trap heat in the core. The Mylar is also waterproof so the SSR can be used as a rain cover.

    The SSR Panel is currently up for funding on Kickstarter. Funding is going towards ordering the product materials, all produced in the USA. Project rewards include the SSR panel itself, up to a package including a GPS beacon, infrared strobe, and additional survival items.

    www.kickstarter.com/projects/tbgroup/survivalsignalrescue-panel

    Warrior Expo – All In, All The Time Foundation

    Thursday, April 24th, 2014

    There are seven non-profit organizations at Warrior West. All of them are great but my heart remains with All In, All The Time Foundation from my local area, the Virginia Tidewater. Created in honor of Tommy V, a fallen SEAL, this 501(c)3 raises funds for an interesting niche. Lots of organizations do a great job helping out for immediate needs and for supporting the education of family members. AIITT helps fill the gaps for those needs of families that aren’t covered under other programs. They work on a case-by-case basis to tailor their support. They also facilitate support between multiple organizations helping families find the correct programs.

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    One of the ways they raise funds is to sell some really cool items including these t-shirts and branded Patagonia laptop bags.

    www.aiatt.org