Activist walks from Fort Bragg to Cherry Level to assist increase cash for veterans

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Tim Day was on a mission this week. He’s almost done.

Day, a Purple Heart veteran activist, covered nearly the entire 252 mile walk this week – from Fort Bragg in Fayetteville to Marie Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock – all for a good cause. He took the walk to raise money and raise awareness. He is a member of the Warrior Bonfire Program, a national organization that focuses on veterans who have earned a Purple Heart.

“Well, I started at Fort Bragg a few miles ago on Sunday and walked every day to get 25 miles a day,” said Day.

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Day says it was both interesting and challenging, but it’s definitely worth it. He stopped near Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville on Friday to talk about how the walk has been for him so far.

“It’s going to be tough, but all you have to do is remember what you’re doing it for … 150 miles is overwhelming, but you know I only have 35 left … it feels good.”

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When he made it to Jacksonville, Day met another volunteer, Oscar Hernandez, a retired Marine, who accompanied him as he finished the hike to Cherry Point.

“I definitely recommend that more people join in … I enjoyed it,” said Hernandez. “It’s a nice walk … good cause.”

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Day emphasized how this walk taught him to take a minute to slow down and appreciate the things and people around you.

“People don’t slow down to really look at things,” said Day. “Just slow down and listen to others, stop all the shouting about this and that and put yourself in his shoes … that’s all.”

Almost 3,000 people lost their lives on September 11, 20 years ago. That’s what they’re called.

You can donate to Purple Heart Veterans by using the Warrior Bonfire website.

Day plans to make this an annual event. He is hoping for more volunteers in the next year. He also said he has had a great response from the churches he has been through and now the only thing left is to get the word out.

An area group makes use of poker to lift cash for veterans

FORT MYERS, Florida – The sound of poker chips clicking and cards shuffling filled the private room at CB2 in Fort Myers, but it wasn’t your average poker tournament. This poker tournament was about raising money for veterans.

“If they are giving their lives for the United States, let us give them something for their service,” said Denise Wood, event planner for Invest in America’s Veterans Foundation-Florida.

Invest in America’s Veterans Foundation-Florida has partnered with House of Cards and Games to host a poker tournament.

The organization provides benefits, educational and career advice to veterans.

“You help them with whatever is due to them from the government, then we try to fill in the gaps with other organizations,” said Wood.

IAVF President Taz Gehling hoped that the event would make IAVF known. He wants other veterans to know they have help.

“The other part is letting the people in the churches know we are here. This is us. That’s what we do, “he said.

Steven Martin, co-owner of HOCG, knew the importance of giving back. He oversees numerous charity events.

“If we can help and do our part and give a little back to the community, why not,” said Martin.

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Native veterans elevating cash to rescue Afghans left behind

A local initiative is raising money to rescue interpreters and others who helped American troops in Afghanistan.

ISSAQUAH, Washington – A local attempt to raise money to rescue interpreters and others who helped American forces in Afghanistan is made difficult by the chaos in Kabul.

“There is no way to describe the deep feelings of sadness, loss, and fear we feel for the people in hiding,” said Matthew Griffin, a former Army Ranger.

Griffin and Greg Adams, a former Green Beret, founded one Fundraiser Early summer to save an interpreter named Moneer.

Moneer and his wife recently secured a visa that will keep them safe in the UK. They have been there for two weeks and have watched their home collapse.

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“While we may be exhausted, tired, or frustrated, it is our duty to come back and help as many others as possible,” said Griffin.

He and Adams are now trying to help other interpreters and their families escape on commercial flights.

The United States government has been working to relocate Afghans who have helped the United States. But the collapse of the Afghan government means many are left now where they could be targeted by the Taliban.

“The feelings we feel are tragic, but they are predictable. It’s something we’ve all felt for a long time after you’ve struggled there. We believe that this result was inevitable and it is unfortunate that it was a reality became.” said Griffin.

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WAUSAU, Wisconsin (WAOW) – Hundreds gathered Monday to play golf for veterans.

The 11th annual Charity Golf Outing of the Never Forgotten Honor Flight took place on Monday afternoon in the Wausau Country Club.

The event raised funds for the organization, which sends veterans to Washington DC to view monuments in their honor.

The organizers say it was full for the first time and had a waiting list for golfers.

They said it was great that so many came to support and honor veterans of the area.

“There are many veterans who play golf at the event,” said event chairman JoAnn Draeger, “and for dinner we will have wives and families of the veterans who are volunteering. It’s just a nice day to honor her. “

It costs $ 500 to send a veteran to DC and an additional $ 500 for their guardian.

Organizers predict they will raise nearly $ 50,000 this year, which would send 100 veterans to DC

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WKBT) – A rumble filled the air this weekend as the American Legion Riders rode through.

On Sunday, the American Legion Riders of District 7 held a silent auction fundraiser at Castaway’s.

Funding goes to the American Legion Legacy Scholarship, Camp American Legion, and Freedom Honor Flight.

The organizers are already planning for next year’s run and want everyone to take part.

“We believe this is only for veterans, so we hope to expand it next year so that the public understands that everyone is invited to come with our ride,” said the vice president District 7 Horsemen of the American Legion Hima team.

More than 40 drivers took part in the 120 mile drive on Saturday.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Saturday, car owners from unconventional to chic drove to a special-purpose auto show at the new American Legion Post 313.

Wicked Ways Car Club presented itself with the American Legion Riders. About 60 cars were exhibited. The money raised went to the American Legion Post 313 in Lexington. Organizers say they put this event together to help them move from their old post on New Circle Road to Bryan Station Road. Shannon Steenvergen, the president of the Wicked Ways Car Club, says there is still work to be done to accommodate these veterans.

“The floor has to be finished. Rent has to be paid Electricity has to be paid .. Exchanged utilities via exchange of licenses for anything they might have to raise and use money for which we hope to be able to help, ”says Steenvergen.

The auto show offered prizes for the best in show for modern and classic cars, as well as an audience award.

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BELVIDERE (WREX) – Motorcycles spun across Belvidere on Sunday for a good cause.

American Legion’s Circle of Change has teamed up for a ride and roast pork to raise money for veterans.

Circle of Change will use the money to mate veterans suffering from PTSD with dogs. Circle of Change Board President Courtney Ring says it is special to see both Veteran and K9 bond and grow stronger together.

“We meet our veterans once a week for an hour at a local dog school and that’s where we have our lessons,” said Ring. “It’s very rewarding. We’ve been around for a long time.”

Circle of change will have its next fundraiser in August on their annual golf outing.

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Hundreds of people took part in kayaking on the Wapsipinicon River in Central City for the third Honor Float Saturday.

The three and a half hour drive raised money for the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight so veterans could take a trip to Washington DC to visit memorials. Organizers said the pandemic made it difficult to raise money. Last year they raised only $ 1000, with the Honor Flight seat costing $ 500 for each person.

Organizers said it was heartwarming to hear the stories of the veterans who attended the experience.

“My neighbor, who has since passed away, had to take the honor flight and couldn’t get to the house fast enough to tell us about it,” said Deborah Holton, the event organizer. “There were so many special things they did for veterans; They rolled out the red carpet for her. I tried that with the swimmer. “

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Almost 1,300 people took part in the 16th annual Pearly Gates Veterans Ride today.

Proceeds from the event will benefit several local veteran programs.

“In 16 years we’ve raised over a few million dollars for local veterans’ organizations,” says Pearly Gates Bar and Grille owner and event organizer Jeff Fonferek.

The organizers tell us that this event raises about $ 100,000 each year. Pearly Gates raises approximately $ 150,000 annually for veterans through all of the events they host

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More than 30 local veterans’ organizations benefit from the ride. The most important are:
Vietnam Veterans Chapter 224, Combat Motorcycle Veterans Association, Honor and Valor Outdoors, The Brown County Veterans Services Fund, Disabled American Veterans, the Brown County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, and the NEW homeless shelter.

We were told that there were 768 motorcycles, 175 cars, and 338 passengers in the motorcycles or cars at this year’s Pearly Gates Veterans Ride.

“Just to be part of this hectic pace, be part of this journey. It’s phenomenal, ”says Vietnam War veteran Bob Wiedenhaft.

Wiedenhaft says that he attended the event every year.

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The event also includes a military ceremony. Just before the military ceremony begins, a bus with older veterans pulls up. Some of the younger veterans escort the older veterans to VIP seating while the crowd gave them a standing ovation.

The military ceremony includes a fly over, 21 gun salutes, singing the national anthem, playing taps, and a color guard. Each veteran present received a challenge coin as a thank you for their work.

“It is a tearful flow, when the ceremony begins, not a single eye in the crowd stays dry,” says Wiedenhaft.

Tom Zalaski from Local Five led the ceremony.

“We can look in the eyes of the people who have served, some of them are wounded inside and out, and we have the opportunity to say thank you for our freedom,” says Zalaski.

After the ceremony was over, the veterans jumped on their motorcycles or in their cars, turned on their engines, and went in procession to Maribel. They left the city under a huge American flag hanging on a fire truck. Green Bay Metro Fire and DePere Fire provided the flag.

Participants stayed in Maribel for a few hours before returning to Green Bay for the night with food, drinks, live music and dancing.

Navy households and veterans extra prone to lose cash to scams

TUCSON (KVOA) – Service members, military spouses and veterans all reported a higher likelihood of losing money and higher average dollar losses to scammers, the company said 2020 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report.

The report was made by the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust (BBB Institute) the study analyzes cases of fraud reported to BBB Scam-TrackerSMhighlighting the latest consumer fraud risks. Veterans reported an average loss of $ 133, military spouses reported an average loss of $ 132, and active duty members reported an average loss of $ 269 – all higher than the average loss of $ 115 incurred for all consumers in 2020 was reported.

“Historically, we have reported higher mean casualties from the military community,” said Melissa Trumpower, executive director of the BBB Institute. “However, 2020 was the first year we also saw higher rates of military consumers losing money to scammers.”

The probability of loss for all consumers in 2020 was 46.4%. Veterans stated a slightly higher probability of loss of 46.8%. Military families gave the highest probability of loss with 50.8% for military spouses and 59.7% for military members.

“The biggest factor that contributed to these higher loss probabilities across the board was the increase in Online purchase fraud and online scams in general, ”says Trumpower. “When you consider that in 2020 most people made more online purchases than normal, this was an expected change, but one that is alarming. In a BBB survey of over 5,000 people who reported scams to BBB Scam TrackerSM in 2020, 43.1% said they spent more time online because of the pandemic, and 57.1% said they were because of the pandemic Having made more online purchases.

Online purchase fraud has been the riskiest type of scam for service members and veterans, with the riskiest type of items purchased online Pets and pet supplies. Riskiest military spouse scam in 2020 was Employment fraud. This included flexible ways to work from home that were found online and that were often involved counterfeit check or Returns fraud.

“We continue to work with our partners to fight fraud targeting the military and share prevention messages through BBBs serving communities across North America,” Trumpower said.

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