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Polaris’ Indian Motorcycle & Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis Welcomes ‘Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime’ Selectees to Third Annual Motorcycle Therapy Adventure

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Best Friends and Above the Knee Bi-Lateral Amputees to Trade off Piloting an Indian Scout Avenger Sidecar from Los Angeles to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Minneapolis & Los Angeles (July 24, 2017) — Indian Motorcycle®, America’s First Motorcycle Company®, and “Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis,” announced veterans Corporal Joshua Stein, U.S. Army (Ret.) and Corporal Neil Frustaglio, U.S. Marines (Ret.) have been named as the honorary “Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime” selectees. The two post-9/11 veteran heroes were chosen from over 50 total entries in a nomination program that called upon friends and family members to submit deserving veterans for a once-in-a-lifetime motorcycle therapy adventure.

Corporal Joshua Stein, US Army (Ret.) joined the Army in February of 2005 as a 12B Combat Engineer, and was deployed to Iraq in December. On Easter Sunday of 2006, Josh and his team were struck by an Explosively Formed Penetrator bomb that blasted through their armored Bradley vehicle and immediately severed and cauterized both of Josh’s legs. Doctors in Iraq prioritized limb salvage, saving both his arms, and transported him back to the U.S., where he eventually woke up out of a medically induced coma with his family surrounding him a the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio Texas. Following a long battle, and significant rehabilitation, Josh found a purpose at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) from which he’ll be graduating in Phoenix, Arizona on July 7, 2017.

Josh’s best friend, Corporal Neil Frustaglio, US Marines (Ret.) joined the Marines right after graduating high school and was deployed in September of 2005 with his unit to Ramadi, Iraq. While on a mission providing security during the Iraqi elections, Neil’s convoy sustained two massive IED explosions. As a result of the blasts, Neil lost both of his legs above the knee and received third-degree burns to twenty percent of his body, forcing him to undergo 24 surgeries and intense physical therapy at the young age of twenty-two. In a significant effort to turn around his life, support his family and maintain a regular life, Neil went back to work and eventually to school. He graduated in December 2016 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Arizona State University. Neil grew up riding motorcycles, was constantly on a bike before his injury.

“We’re extremely excited for this year’s ride to Sturgis. We have a great group of veterans joining us, and each and every year is special in its own right,” said David Frey, Veterans Charity Ride Founder. “Our Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime selectees, Josh and Neil, know a thing or two about resiliency. It’ll be incredible to witness two above-the-knee bi-lateral amputees push and motivate one another half way across the country as they trade off riding an Indian Scout Avenger Sidecar. That indomitable spirit and nature will be powerful for our entire group of veterans.”

The two heroes will pilot an Indian Scout Avenger Sidecar with modifications made by John Meade, owner of Azzkikr Custom Baggers, and his veteran employees in Phoenix, AZ. The Indian Scout Sidecar rig will be outfitted with a Rekluse Clutch, which eliminates the need to pull the clutch handle for shifting, a hand shift mechanism so the amputee rider can shift the bike manually, and the rear brake system will be moved and adapted to a hand brake on the left handlebar. The Scout will be complete with a custom Corbin seat to provide extra comfort and seating area for the long journey.

The Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis will depart from Los Angeles on July 28, on Indian Motorcycles and Champion Sidecars. The therapeutic adventure provides participating veterans the opportunity to work toward overcoming their post-war challenges while out on the open road. Riding through the most scenic back roads of the western United States, veterans will not only experience the great outdoors and the beauty this country has to offer, but also make stops to meet with other veterans, supporters, riders, and participate in various adjacent adventures. Upon arrival in Sturgis on August 5, the group will be treated to a special “Heroes Welcome” before taking part in a week of activities that further solidify the brotherhood and sisterhood formed during the ride.

The Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis was conceived and developed by veteran Army Paratrooper Dave Frey and Emmy Award-winning producer and director Robert Manciero of Full Vision Productions, leveraging the therapeutic effects of motorcycle riding to create an adventure of a lifetime for wounded veterans.

Primary sponsors of the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis include Indian Motorcycle and Champion Sidecars & Trikes, with additional sponsorship and support provided by Monster Energy Drink, Bates Footwear, Cycle Gear, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Avon Tyres, and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

To follow the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis, support our veterans, donate and hear their stories, visit IndianMotorcycle.com/en-us/veterans-ride and VeteransCharityRide.org.

ALCON: WW II Marine Raiders Support Request

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the legendary World War II battle Marine Raiders fought in Guadalcanal.


The MARSOC Foundation recently learned that several Marine Raiders from the “Greatest Generation” need financial assistance to reunite at the annual Marine Raiders Reunion in San Diego, CA.

These WW II heroes are over ninety-five years young and on fixed incomes. They need our assistance to offset the high cost of travel. Please help support bringing the World War II Marine Raiders together to mark the historic battle of “Bloody Ridge.”

There are three ways to get involved:

1. Make a donation to the MARSOC Foundation: marsocfoundation.org/donate

2. Send a tax deductible check to the MARSOC Foundation:
To donate by check, please make checks payable to:
MARSOC Foundation
PO Box 2018
Temecula, CA 92593-2018

3. Donate a weapon to the MARSOC Foundation Scottsdale, AZ Gun Club Charity auction scheduled for Friday 03 November, 2017

The MARSOC Foundation is a 501(c)(3), tax exempt, national non-profit charitable foundation. Tax ID # 45-2913544 (**Guidestar Platinum level non – profit charity member**)

The MARSOC Foundation hopes that leaders in the firearms can make a contribution to support this event or donate a weapon to our annual Scottsdale Gun Club charity auction for the MARSOC Foundation. Your contribution will help preserve the legacy of these great American Heroes and recognize their tremendous sacrifice for our Nation. They hope that you can get involved and assist them with this request.

Lastly, if any great Americans would like to attend a special event with the WW II Marine Raiders and the Marines and Sailors from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Marine Raider Battalions, let me know. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Guadalcanal battle and the WW II Raiders will be celebrating this historic day with us! The 5w’s are below:

Who: Marine Raiders and distinguished guests

What: Annual Raider Reunion 1940’s themed dinner and entertainment

Where: Town and Country Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle N, San Diego, CA, 92108

When: Friday August 11th at 1800

Why: To celebrate the history and traditions of our Marine Raiders.

(Please RSVP back to me no later than 06 July)

E-mail: Andy Christian at achristian@marsocfoundation.org

www.marsocfoundation.org

Retired SF SGM Hiking Appalachian Trail To Raise Money For SOWF

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Retired SF SGM and disabled veteran Paul Gaumond plans to hike the entire 2,190-mile long, Appalachian Trail beginning in March, 2018 with his daughter and wants to use the occasion to raise funds for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

100% of the donations will go to the foundation and will be used in the following manner:

1. College scholarships for the surviving children of fallen Special Operations service members.
2. Family & educational counseling, including in-home tutoring.
3. Immediate $5,000.00 financial grants to severly combat wounded Special Operations service members.

There will be photos posted on his site as well as on the Special Operations Warrior Foundation site throughout the hike.

To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/paul-gaumond.

ALCON: WW II Marine Raiders Support Request

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the legendary World War II battle Marine Raiders fought in Guadalcanal.


The MARSOC Foundation recently learned that several Marine Raiders from the “Greatest Generation” need financial assistance to reunite at the annual Marine Raiders Reunion in San Diego, CA.

These WW II heroes are over ninety-five years young and on fixed incomes. They need our assistance to offset the high cost of travel. Please help support bringing the World War II Marine Raiders together to mark the historic battle of “Bloody Ridge.”

There are three ways to get involved:

1. Make a donation to the MARSOC Foundation: marsocfoundation.org/donate

2. Send a tax deductible check to the MARSOC Foundation:
To donate by check, please make checks payable to:
MARSOC Foundation
PO Box 2018
Temecula, CA 92593-2018

3. Donate a weapon to the MARSOC Foundation Scottsdale, AZ Gun Club Charity auction scheduled for Friday 03 November, 2017

The MARSOC Foundation is a 501(c)(3), tax exempt, national non-profit charitable foundation. Tax ID # 45-2913544 (**Guidestar Platinum level non – profit charity member**)

The MARSOC Foundation hopes that leaders in the firearms can make a contribution to support this event or donate a weapon to our annual Scottsdale Gun Club charity auction for the MARSOC Foundation. Your contribution will help preserve the legacy of these great American Heroes and recognize their tremendous sacrifice for our Nation. They hope that you can get involved and assist them with this request.

Lastly, if any great Americans would like to attend a special event with the WW II Marine Raiders and the Marines and Sailors from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Marine Raider Battalions, let me know. This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Guadalcanal battle and the WW II Raiders will be celebrating this historic day with us! The 5w’s are below:

Who: Marine Raiders and distinguished guests

What: Annual Raider Reunion 1940’s themed dinner and entertainment

Where: Town and Country Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle N, San Diego, CA, 92108

When: Friday August 11th at 1800

Why: To celebrate the history and traditions of our Marine Raiders.

(Please RSVP back to me no later than 06 July)

E-mail: Andy Christian at achristian@marsocfoundation.org

www.marsocfoundation.org

Find Out If You Or A Loved One Qualify For VA Wartime Benefits

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

VA pension is a needs-based benefit for wartime Veterans with limited or no income who are age 65 or older. Those who have a permanent and total non-service-connected disability may also qualify. In addition, Veterans who are housebound or require an aid to perform daily activities may qualify for pension at an increased rate.

Like Jim, a Korean War Veteran who has Alzheimer’s and needs care 24/7. His sons found the help their family needed through VA pension benefits.

Using the financial support from Jim’s pension benefits, the family hired an aid to take care of Jim on a daily basis. With the help of a caregiver, Jim and his wife are able to stay in their house and get the services they need.

“Just knowing somebody is there in the morning to help to start their day and help with their daily activities is a real relief for our family,” says James, Jim’s oldest son.

Tim, Jim’s youngest son, says the money has been a godsend. “It has helped my mother and my dad. It relieves a lot of pressure and stress on us as a family.”
Visit Explore.VA.gov or click the button below to learn more about VA home loan programs and all VA benefits.

Kayrank Launches New Website

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

It’s been years since we last mentioned Kayrank, a small Veteran owned business which offers their Helmet Rank System.

It consists of polymer plates, sized to fit a helmet NVG mount, which are engraved with military rank insignia. This subdued device can be worn placed in the mount during the day and removed and stored when NODs are worn.

When we first mentioned the Kayrank Helmet Rank System, readers had some interesting comments. They couldn’t fathom displaying rank on the helmet even though we did it for decades.

However, despite numerous negative comments here on SSD, they’ve managed to stay in business, and thrive. In fact, they recently updated their website.

Kayrank offers plates for US Army enlisted and officer ranks, SPC through BG (minus SGM). They’ve also introduced warrant officer ranks.

www.kayrank.com

US Army Veteran Launches VOSB and HUBZone Certified Agency, Serrano Media Group

Monday, May 1st, 2017

CHICAGO, Ill. – May 1, 2017 – Jonathan Serrano, an entrepreneur with more than 10 years of experience in business, operations, and project management, has launched Serrano Media Group, a multi-faceted communications company providing public relations, video and film production, and event staging and staffing. Serrano is also a U.S. Army veteran and a decorated paratrooper.

Serrano Media Group, headquartered in Chicago, with an operations office in Miami and a satellite office in Orlando, FL brings together a team of leading experts in the communications, video production, event staging and multimedia staffing fields to provide top-tier integrated marketing and media program management services to government agencies. The company offers full-service strategic communications through its diverse leadership team, all of whom have more than 20 years of experience in their respective fields, with both the federal government and corporate clients.

“This company is a culmination of the hard work and dedication of many experts in various industries,” said Jonathan Serrano, president and CEO of Serrano Media Group. “On behalf of my team, we are proud to extend our services nationally and offer our clients everything they need under one roof.”

Serrano Media Group is HUBZone certified, as well as Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs

The firm’s mission is to help federal agencies and private clients reach their communications objectives with sophisticated and targeted programs. With its professional and culturally diverse background, Serrano Media Group is also committed to serving clients who want to optimize their presence in the U.S. Hispanic market.

Leading the marketing operations of Serrano Media Group is VP-Government Services Rafael Marrero.

About Serrano Media Group:
Serrano Corporation d/b/a Serrano Media Group is a privately held full-service strategic communications firm, headquartered in Chicago with offices in Miami and Orlando, providing multi-faceted public relations, communications, video and film production, event staging and multimedia staffing services. The company is both VOSB and HUBZone certified and specializes in servicing federal government and private sector clients.

For additional information on Serrano Media Group, visit www.serranomediagroup.com.

Eagles & Angels Limited – Remembrance Poppy

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

The Remembrance Poppy honors military personnel who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. In remembrance of their selfless sacrifice and to celebrate Memorial Day, they have a limited amount of quality American made Poppies for sale.

Using the same delicate process since 1916, each Eagles & Angels Limited Poppy is hand-made in a downtown New York City factory. They are dedicated to making things here in America and they hope you are, too.

www.eaglesandangelsltd.com