RTWR TO HOST ITS FIRST FUNDRAISING BANQUET

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Remember the Wounded Ride, Inc. will host its First Annual Veterans Appreciation/ Fund Raiser Banquet to assist Combat Wounded Veterans and their Families. The event will be held at 3:00pm on August 26, 2012 at the Milwaukie Elks Lodge, 13121 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Milwaukie, Oregon 97222. Reservations are required and must be made not later than Monday, August 20, 2012.

Please call 503.422.2878 or email office@rtwr.org to make reservations.

Cocktails begin at 3:00pm and a $25/ plate Buffet will be served at 4:00pm. Dinner will consist of a choice of Stuffed Chicken Breast or Baked Ham, Roasted Red Potatoes or Rice Pilaf, Green Beans with Almonds, Salad, Rolls and Coffee. A Vegan/ Vegetarian entrée of Pasta Stuffed Artichoke will be available by request. Please make your request with your reservation.

Our keynote speaker will be Martin A Omelas VSO, Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Portland. Also speaking will be the Founder and President of Remember the Wounded Ride, Scot King, who will be breaking his 48-state, solo bicycle ride to attend.
There will be a No-Host Bar and Silent Auction with many exciting gifts as well as a 50/50 Raffle during the afternoon.

All proceeds from the dinner and all contributions are tax-deductible and will go to assist combat wounded veterans and their families.

RTWR HELPS FIRST VETERAN IN NEED

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RTWR has just assisted our first veteran in need of help. We were contacted by T., an Iraqi veteran living in the South Eastern US with a request for assistance to bring the mortgage payments up to date and help with clothes and school supplies for the children.
T. was injured in Iraq in 2005 when his Bradley was hit by an ISD. He sustained injuries to his lower back and suffers from TBI, PTSD, Tinnitus and severe headaches. Since returning home he has been awaiting a response to his 100% disability claim, social security and caregiver support for his wife. With a mortgage to pay and seven children to clothe, feed and support, life has been rough.
RTWR paid the mortgage company $1000 to bring the payments up to date and contacted another organization with whom we are associated to help with the clothing and school supplies.

Scot’s Ride to raise awareness for Combat Wounded Veterans and their Families

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Our President, Scot King, is a former Corporal in the US Marine Corps and has been passionate about serving veterans and their families.   On May 7, 2011 Scot embarked on a 48 state solo bicycle ride to raise awareness of and funds to help combat wounded veterans.  Scot’s trek will take two years to complete.   The first leg (May-October 2011) which covered approximately 6,025 miles has been concluded.

The second leg  will start from Kent Island Elks Lodge #2576 in Maryland on April 28th and will add an additional 8,000 miles.   As part of the ride, Scot will be interviewing combat wounded Veterans and collecting their stories for a series of books that will chronicle their experiences.  He will also be visiting the Governor’s offices of each of the 17 state capitals along the way to request a flag of that state to be brought back to Portland, Oregon to represent their combat wounded men and women.  These flags will be presented in a special ceremony on or near Veterans Day 2013 and will fly for a year in honor of all combat wounded veterans of this country.

Scot’s ride, which is completely solo and without any escort or “shadow vehicle” will take approximately 6 months to complete and will culminate with his arrival in the Oregon state capital, Salem, OR around September 28, 2012.

You can follow his ride on our website at http://www.rtwr.org/scotsRide.php

RTWR Helps Local Elks and Boy Scouts

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Last Monday morning we were made aware of a situation that needed immediate assistance.  Portland Elks Lodge #142 received a request to do fourteen (14) Eagle Courts of Honor Flag Presentations in the next 2 weeks.  They contacted their sister Lodge, Gresham #1805 and between them they didn’t have enough US flags to cover the presentations, nor the money to pay for them.

The flags come through the office of Oregon Senator Ron Wyden in Washington, DC and usually take 4-6 weeks to be delivered.

RTWR, in keeping with part of our mission statement to enable patriotic events, cut a check for the required $265 and over-nighted it to Senator Wyden’s office with a request that they expedite the order “as fast as possible”.  The flags will be delivered directly to Portland Elks Lodge as our donation to the fine work that they do in honoring new Eagle Scouts.

Welcome to the RTWR Blog!

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We are delighted to have the opportunity to introduce ourselves to you and to tell you about all of the exciting things we are doing to assist our nation’s combat wounded veterans and their families