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Monday, June 21, 2021

Memorial Honoring MC Members Killed in Crash

Randolph, New Hampshire, USA (June 21, 2021) - A new memorial bears the names of the seven members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club who were killed in a deadly crash in New Hampshire nearly two years ago.

The Motorcycle Club, made up of U.S. Marine Corps veterans and their spouses, unveiled the memorial Saturday near the crash site on Route 2 in Randolph.
 


Edward and Jo-Ann Corr, a couple from Lakeville, Massachusetts, were among the seven victims of the crash. The other victims were Michael Ferazzi, of Contoocook, New Hampshire; Albert Mazza, of Lee, New Hampshire; Desma Oakes, of Concord, New Hampshire; Aaron Perry, of Farmington, New Hampshire; and Daniel Pereira, of Riverside, Rhode Island.

RELATED | Driver that killed 7 bikers was high

The victims and other members of the Jarheads MC were out for a ride on June 21, 2019, when they were struck by a pickup truck and trailer traveling in the opposite direction.

The driver of that pickup truck and trailer, Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, has been charged with causing their deaths and is currently awaiting trial. He pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of negligent homicide and driving under the influence.

According to documents released from the National Transportation Safety Board, Zhukovskyy told authorities he had a drug problem, regularly used heroin and cocaine but believed he was not impaired at the time of the crash.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

National PTSD Awareness Month

Indianapolis, IN (June 1, 2021) - The National Center for PTSD has designated June National PTSD awareness month. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) gained notoriety during the Vietnam war in the 1970's when the phrase was coined, but symptoms were being detected in military service men back during the second World War where people classified it as “shell shock.” It was not until the 1980’s when it was classified as a diagnosis.
 

The History Of PTSD Awareness Month

In 2010, Senator Kent Conrad pushed to get official recognition of PTSD via a “day of awareness” in tribute to a North Dakota National Guard member who took his life following two tours in Iraq (S. Res. 541). 

Staff Sergeant Joe Biel died in 2007 after suffering from PTSD; Biel committed suicide after his return from duty to his home state. SSgt. Biel’s birthday, June 27, was selected as the official PTSD Awareness Day, which is now observed every year. 

In 2014, the Senate designated the full month of June for “National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month” (S. Res. 481)

Our men and women selflessly fight for our freedom and need to be our number one priority when they come home. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can happen to anyone, and for those that are suffering need to know it is not a weakness, and it is not something you have to live with. If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, don’t hesitate to get help. Learn more at



If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, don’t hesitate to get help. 
Learn more at: www.ptsd.va.gov

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Veteran’s Club Bike Rally

Frankfort, KY, USA (September 20, 2020) — Motorcycles rode through the streets of Frankfort Saturday afternoon to raise awareness of suicide among veterans during National Suicide Prevention Month.

Approximately 100 people riding more than 60 motorcycles joined the Veteran’s Club’s event. The bikers met in Shelbyville at 10:30 a.m. to ride together to Frankfort.

“It gets veterans out. It gets them connected with other people. We believe connection is the key to overcoming suicide, not just for veterans but for everyone,” said the organization’s president Jeremy Harrell. “We want to make sure they understand they’re not alone. We’re here. We’re ready to battle in the trenches with them. We want them to get better. We want them to enjoy life.”


An average of 20 veterans die by suicide every day in the United States, according to the U.S. Department for Veteran Affairs. “We’re not okay with that number. In fact, one is too many,” Harrell said.

Several groups participated in the event including the Veteran's Club, the Exodus Saints Motorcycle Ministry and the Founding Sons Motorcycle Club.

Posted by Veteran's Club on Saturday, September 19, 2020

Exodus Saints Motorcycle Ministry president Michael Williams said he wants people to remember they’re not alone when they hear about Saturday’s motorcycle rally.

“I hope it gives them hope. Let’s them see that people care and they’re understanding and want to be nurturing and accept them, to help them work through the issue. To let them know that someone still cares even if it’s a stranger that cares for them. That there’s always something to fight for and that others will stand with you to fight,” Williams said.

The event also served as a fundraiser for the Veteran’s Club. Riders paid $20 when they turned in their waiver and had the opportunity to buy merchandise to benefit the organization.

Monday, September 14, 2020

13th Annual Sergeant Janargonish Ride

Jessup, Pennsylvania, USA (September 14, 2020) - In Lackawanna County, an annual motorcycle ride in memory of a soldier killed during an ambush in Afghanistan went on although it was a little different because of the pandemic.


Jan was killed on August 27, 2007 during an ambush in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan at the age of 26. Jan served in the Pennsylvania National Guard for 10 years, this being his third deployment.

Jan was an amazing person who loved his son Jakub, his family, friends, and fiancé Talia. Jan loved to go riding with his son, country music, and classic cars. Jan is loved and missed dearly by his family, friends and the countless others he touched over his lifetime.

"It's great to be able to still have a way to honor Jan even though the world looks a little bit different," said Talia Walsh, organizer. "We know the event can't be the same as it always is but we are glad that everyone who is here is supporting us and being able to support a cause, is supporting our veterans in need locally."



Shirts were sold at the start of the ride and participating restaurants donated a percentage of food sold to organizers.

Money raised will go to military and veteran support organizations.

SOURCE: WNEP

Friday, May 22, 2020

Rolling To Remember Kicks Off

Washington, D.C., USA (May 22, 2020) BHV — “They laid down their lives to ensure the survival of American freedom,” President Donald Trump said as he joined the veterans group AMVETS on Friday morning to kick off their“Rolling to Remember” motorcycle ride that was formerly known as “Rolling Thunder.”

“Thank you for keeping this noble tradition alive and for preserving the memory of those missing but never forgotten. My administration will spare no effort or resource to support the men and the women who defend our nation,” Trump told the group of bikers.


More than a dozen members of veterans service organization AMVETS were honored at the event with President Trump and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, with Trump praising their service and touting his support among bikers.

In a video of the event, bikers with Rolling Thunder, an advocacy group that aims to raise awareness of prisoners of war, can be seen rumbling through the White House grounds, performing laps of the South Lawn to the tune of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses.

The organization asked its participants to ride their motorcycles 22 miles in their own communities for the Memorial Day Weekend rally this Sunday at noon EST.



The Memorial Day Weekend rally has been planned since September, even though the 32-year old tradition ended for the original organizers, and is now hosted by AMVETS.

The massive “Rolling To Remember” rally, which attracts hundreds of thousands of riders to Washington each Memorial Day weekend, was canceled this year amid the coronavirus pandemic and will instead be virtual.

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