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Polaris’ Indian Motorcycle Sponsors Fourth Annual Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Veteran Non-Profit Organization Uses “Motorcycle Therapy” to Rehabilitate & Support Veterans Returning from Combat

LAS VEGAS, NV. & MINNEAPOLIS (June 6, 2018) Indian Motorcycle®, America’s First Motorcycle Company®, today announced its support and sponsorship of the fourth annual Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis. The veteran operated non-profit organization uses “motorcycle therapy” to help fellow veterans adjust to post-war life.

Many of the veterans joining the Veterans Charity Ride for the first time are amputees, paraplegics, or suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress and other issues veterans face after leaving the military. These new veterans will pair with veteran mentors who have already been through the Veterans Charity Ride program and receive one-on-one support to help their transition back to civilian life.

“We built a program specifically designed to assist wounded and amputee combat veterans with their needs and the issues they deal with on a daily basis. We give them the tools and a support structure to help get their life back on track following their tour of duty and life overseas,” said Dave Frey, Veterans Charity Ride Founder. “Many of our veterans used to ride motorcycles before their injuries and thought they never would ride again. Through support from companies like Indian Motorcycle and Champion Sidecar, we are able to get these vets back on bikes and enjoy the freedom of the open road.”

The Veterans Charity Ride will depart from Las Vegas on July 28 and travel through the most scenic roads of the western United States on Indian motorcycles. The eight-day ride to Sturgis will include a multi-day stop in Moab, Utah; where the participating veterans will experience the camaraderie of the group through off-road adventures and outdoor activities. The motorcycle ride will continue through Colorado, visiting Eagle and Fort Collins, and make its way through the Black Hills in South Dakota. On August 4, members of the Veterans Charity Ride will experience a “Hero’s Welcome” upon their arrival to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The journey not only delivers the freedom of the open road and cathartic experience only a motorcycle can deliver, but allows the veterans to bond by sharing stories and engage in peer-to-peer discussions.

“Veterans Charity Ride is a life-changing program for those who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director – Marketing and Product Planning for Indian Motorcycle. “Supporting the U.S. military has always been core to our brand DNA, and it’s an honor to give back by supporting a noble cause.”

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 Monster Energy Drink, with additional sponsorship and support provided by Champion Trikes & Sidecars, Cycle Gear, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Wrangler Jeans and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

To support the Veterans Charity Ride, donate, or to learn more visit IndianMotorcycle.com and VeteransCharityRide.org. Riders can also follow along on Indian Motorcycle’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and Veterans Charity Ride’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Lords of Gastown Acquires Chris Osman Designs

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

We are very excited to announce that Chris Osman Designs® has been acquired by Lords Of Gastown®.

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All COD® branded products will soon be re-branded as Lords Of Gastown. Chris Osman, has accepted the position as Director of Operations, Lords Of Gastown®, USA. This will stream line our distribution as well as speed up our order fulfillment to our customers in the United States. We look forward to working with you as we expand our efforts and continue to innovate and supply you with industry leading products. Thank you from all of us at Lords Of Gastown® for your support over the years!

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Chris is no stranger to acquisitions and decided to pull the trigger on this deal much earlier that anticipated.  “I owned Tactical Assault Gear for 10 years before selling it.  The biggest mistake I made was selling it to people and a company that literally have no clue as to what they are doing in the tactical space.  That’s not the case with Lords®.  We all share a tight bond, great synergy, business goals as well as a passion for what we do and the lifestyles we choose to live.” Chris also said “what I love most about this business is the life style.  Let’s face it.  We all ride a motorcycle year-round, travel thousands of miles a year using the products we make all while meeting some of the coolest people in the world.  The company motto “Freedom Is A Full Tank” spoke to me, I knew I wanted to be apart of the brand immediately.”

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Soon www.chrisosmandesigns.com will be replaced with www.lordsofgastownusa.com  This will make it a lot easier for our US customers to place orders and receive them within days.  

To learn more about LORDS® check out this video.  

SeaWorld Announces Free Tickets for U.S. Veterans

Friday, May 25th, 2018

From May 24 to July 4, 2018, U.S. veterans and up to three guests may enjoy free admission to SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay or Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Veterans must redeem their complimentary single-day ticket(s) online at www.WavesofHonor.com, and the free tickets are available online only (not available at the front gate for each park).

Since SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment started the Waves of Honor program in 2005, more than 9 million active military, veterans and their families have visited the parks for free, which represents an estimated value of $300 million.

Details about Waves of Honor via SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

WHO: U.S. military veterans and retirees who have honorably served, and up to three guests.

WHAT: Free admission

WHERE: The free admission offer is available at SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

WHEN: May 24 to July 4, 2018

WHY: SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment provides several military ticketing offers via www.WavesofHonor.com year-round in appreciation of U.S. military and veterans’ bravery and incredibly important work.

HOW: Veterans must redeem their complimentary single-day ticket(s) online at www.WavesofHonor.com, and the free tickets are available online only (not available at the front gate for each park).

Military families who redeem the Waves of Honor offer will be able to experience some amazing new attractions and events opening this summer at SeaWorld parks, including:

• Electric Eel at SeaWorld San Diego: The tallest, fastest roller coaster in San Diego is here—a multi-launch coaster with high-energy twists, electrifying loops and inversions. Launched on May 10, Electric Eel features accelerations of more than 60 miles per hour in a matter of seconds, rocketing riders skyward nearly 150 feet where they’ll brave an inverted “heartline” roll and a twisting loop for an exciting feeling of airtime as they reach the peak of the coaster before breathlessly returning to the station. Complementing the Electric Eel roller coaster is a hypnotizing live eel habitat featuring a collection of moray eels. The eel habitat, located at the edge of the Ocean Explorer realm already part of SeaWorld, features large viewing windows where guests can plunge into the world of the eel as they swim and dart through the caves and crevasses of their naturalistic deep-ocean environment. Both rider and non-riders can also learn about the elusive eel through an interactive game and an exhibit with real California moray eels. Plus, SeaWorld San Diego have partnered with WILDCOAST to raise awareness for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Guests will be able to learn more about MPAs and the importance of protecting ocean ecosystems in the habitat.

• Battle for Eire at Busch Gardens Williamsburg: An exhilarating new adventure is underway at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg with the recent opening of the innovative virtual reality attraction, Battle For Eire™—Action VR Ride. With Battle For Eire and the 360-degree virtual reality, riders can have a unique experience each time they ride. Battle For Eire is the story of a heroic fairy warrior, Addie, and her quest to rescue the Heart of Eire from evil villain Balor. This one-of-a-kind ride is a marriage of a motion-based theater simulator with state-of-the-art 360-degree virtual reality headsets, creating a thrilling experience unlike any other in the theme park industry. Riders are completely immersed within the story and be able to see, hear and feel actions happening all around them, both through the virtual reality headsets and within the motions of the simulator.

• Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego: Enjoy 8 amazing experiences, including shows with live performers inspired by playful sea creatures, an electrifying dance club with world-class DJs, and your favorite SeaWorld attractions and shows like never before – all at Electric Ocean, an exciting nighttime event. The event is returning this year to SeaWorld Orlando (May 24 through September 2) and San Diego (June 16 through September 3) and is brand new to SeaWorld San Antonio (June 15 through August 12).

• Free Beer at SeaWorld Orlando: Now through September 2, from 10:30 a.m. to one hour before park close, complimentary domestic and seasonal beers will be available to guests 21 years of age and older. Guests can visit Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio and receive up to two complimentary 7-ounce beers per visit.  The park will rotate beer offerings throughout the summer starting off with SeaWorld’s very own Mako Red Ale. Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Light, Yuengling and more will also be featured throughout the summer.

• Free Beer at Busch Gardens Tampa: Now through August 5, guests can get a taste of the park’s beer garden history when they visit the former Hospitality House, now called the Garden Gate Café, to receive two complimentary beers during every visit to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Every two weeks, new featured beer brands will be highlighted.

• Summer Nights at Busch Gardens Tampa: From May 24 through August 5, guests can experience endless energy and thrilling rides from day into night. As the sun goes down, the party heats up at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay during Summer Nights. Explore the park after dark with extended park hours to 10 p.m. on select days. Dance the night away at themed party zones throughout the park and take on Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark. Plus, indulge in delicious food like steak chimichurri, chicken waffle sandwich with blackberry pepper jelly, smoked beef brisket sliders with peach slaw, hummus topped with curry-roasted cauliflower, chilled shrimp with watermelon & tamarind glaze, mini donuts, funnel cakes and more, with special Summer menus.

 

Active Military and Veterans can always receive discounted admission tickets through MWR and ITT offices on U.S. military bases as well as www.WavesofHonor.com. These offers are available year-round. Each park may have various discounted admission products throughout the year that are also available online at www.WavesofHonor.com.

Warrior 2 Warrior

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

Physical and emotional stress among veterans and active duty servicemen has reached epidemic levels.

We’ve all seen it, fellow Veterans who are suffering. Warrior 2 Warrior offers de-institutionalized and non-threatening approach to help reduce stigma.

They offer intensive physical rehabilitation and peer to peer mentorship along with personalized secondary services.

Their plan is to create what they refer to as “Resilience Ranch” which will resemble a forward operating base: simple dirt roads, trailers, fire pits, tents. This rustic austerity will evoke the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, and prime warriors to engage with the past in a safe environment.

They’re currently partnered with:

Cubesmart

EXOS for Physical Optimization (rehabilitation, athletic training…)

Gallus rehab

Legalzoom

Lowry Creative

Mid-Atlantic Finance

Vintage for Vets (V4V) The fundraising arm of w2w

To learn more about their program and the founders, visit www.warrior2warrior.org

Nine Line Apparel – Doc T’s Tonic

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Offered on multiple shirt styles, the Doc T’s Tonic print was created by SF veteran Travis Hall.

Pre-order now at www.ninelineapparel.coml Shipping starting 18 May.

Petco And Brett Favre’s 4Outdoors Present: Dogs2DogTags, Episode 1

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Petco and 4 Outdoors present Dogs2Dogtags is hosted by Hall Of Fame Quarterback Brett Favre. This multi-part series documents the process of pairing veterans with service dogs to create a team that supports one another. The mission of D2DT is to help veterans who can benefit from a service or companion dog to increase their quality of life.

Learn more and Get Involved: Donate to Dogs2DogTags here.

Sherwin-Williams Offers Additional Discount for Military in May

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Sherwin-Williams will be offering an additional 10 percent off on top of its year-round 15 percent Military Discount during the month of May.

Sherwin-Williams proudly supports the military of the United States. The discount is offered to men and women who are currently serving, are reservists or have served in the military and their spouses. The discount is valid for retail customers at Sherwin-Williams stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Customers must provide an ID validating military service at the time of purchase.

You May Be Able To Save A Life

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

I received this note from a friend earlier today.

We’re looking for ethnic Korean donors to help save a dear friend’s life. If you were a Marine posted at Quantico there’s a good chance you received dental care from Naval Dentist Lt. Julie Jung. Post-military she provided free dental care to children from low-income families and child victims of trafficking and violence. Lt. Jung was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Leukemia in January (AML with FLT3 mutation) and urgently needs to find a bone marrow donor match. Julie’s life expectancy is only 2 months after her last round of Chemo which she is starting soon.  Her husband Lt. Cmdr Jung is still active duty.  Unfortunately, matches usually come from someone’s own ethnic group. If you have any Korean in your ancestry, please join the donor registry to see if you are a match at https://join.bethematch.org/fl. A testing kit will be sent to your home, and all you need to do is swab the inside of your cheek and send

the kit back. Your help is greatly appreciated!

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