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Homes for our Troops Fundraiser

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As outlined in the President’s Message, with the postponement of RUN XXXII, here is your opportunity to keep the Mission of the RUN going.  Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is an organization with many of the same goals and missions as we have.  Their mission: TO BUILD AND DONATE SPECIALLY ADAPTED CUSTOM HOMES NATIONWIDE FOR SEVERELY INJURED POST-9/11 VETERANS, TO ENABLE THEM TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES.

Did you read that … they are building homes designed and built specifically with adaptations in mind of the severely injured Veterans.  They are “Promoting healing among all Veterans and their families.”  Isn’t that what we do while on the RUN?

According to our research, the cost to build one of these homes is based on what each severely injured Veteran needs.  Our goal is to raise $100,000.   How can we achieve this goal?  The Board will match your donation … when you donate, we match … when we hit our goal, it will be doubled by another foundation!!   BINGO – We just helped to build a home for a severely injured post-9/11 Veteran!

You can donate to this cause using several different methods:

  1. Donate through this Facebook Campaign.
  2. Mail a check to Ken Ward, Treasurer (address: 675 DEIS Drive, Unit N, Suite 266, Fairfield, OH, 45014   On memo line:  HFOT)
  3. Click the donate button on our website (rftw.us)

Please check out HFOT’s website (www.hfotusa.org)  for more information.  There is also an interactive map to see Veterans approved by the program and in various phases of the build process, as well as, homes that have already been completed.

Let’s help build a home!!!

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Southern Route Coordinator News – March 2021 Part 4

RFTW XXXII 2021 RC Newsletter

March 2021 Part 4

Greetings from the warming up Battle Born State,

The first few days of Spring we were still seeing highs in the low 40’s.  Now they are saying we could see 70 by Sunday, Wohoo!  I just have a couple of reminders/announcements for you.

If you made hotel reservations for RFTW 2021, it is your responsibility to cancel or reschedule them, as necessary.   Some reservations were automatically canceled when the room blocks were also cancelled.  But it is in your best interest to verify.  You surely don’t want to be charged for a room that you didn’t use.

A word about registration for RFTW 2022, the registration data base for RFTW 2020-2021 will not be used for RFTW 2022.  So, you will need to register when Registration opens for RFTW 2022.  Please check out the recent President’s Newsletter for more information

Save The Date: May 15, 2021

The COMBAT HERO BIKE BUILD UNVEILING will be at Roadhouse Bar & Grill:

6900 E Cave Creek Rd: Cave Creek, AZ @ 2:00 PM More details are in the flyer linked below.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WtNcKKtjVIW2kgE-3dzMkJEjOQ40u7qt/view?usp=sharing

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Positive

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Southern Route Coordinator News – March 2021 Part 3

RFTW XXXII 2021
RC Newsletter

March 2021
Part 3

Greetings Everyone,

Well tomorrow is officially the first day of Spring.   I think the weatherman did not get the memo.

Although Run For The Wall XXXII has been postponed for another year, we are still busy planning for the 2022 Mission.  Our Leadership Team, along with our State Coordinators and Supporters are committed to seeing that 2022 will be a rousing success.   I know that many of you will be on the road this year, travelling about this wonderful Country.  If you should come across any of our Supporters, please be sure to Thank them and let them know We will be back.

I would like to thank Mike “Bonehead” Kyzer for sharing this list of Memorials along the Southern Route.  Some of them we are familiar with, others remain waiting to be explored.  You can view the list or download it at the link below.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1591mNiog42wmPSMhBZRsU1k6A6oO5R_HUOpyMYBQSF0/edit?usp=sharing

Also, I would like to mention that the General Patton memorial Museum in Chiriaco Summit, CA on I-10 has expanded and added new exhibits in recent years.  So, if you haven’t been there in a while, drop by if you are in the area.  For more information: http://generalpattonmuseum.com/

 

New RFTW Merchandise will be added to the online store next week:  https://rftw.us/run-for-the-wall-merchandise-shop/

Until next time; Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Positive

 

 

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Southern Route Coordinator News – March 2021 Part 2

Greetings from the Battle Born State,

The middle of the US is starting to open up which is good news.  The Reunion organizers are busy putting plans together.  Diane and I are already making plans for our trip to Kerrville, TX for the All Riders, Past Present and Future Reunion.  More details can be found on the RFTW Facebook page.

When the 2020 Run was cancelled, I gave you the R.F.T.W Challenge.  The whole Country was pretty much locked down them, making long interstate trips difficult to say the least.  Many of you took up the challenge, ran with it, and a few of you went over the top.  I never thought we might need another challenge like that. 

Sometimes it seems like we can’t catch a break.  Well maybe we did.  In the words of Jedi Master Yoda “there is another”.   Another what, you ask?   Another Vietnam Memorial Wall, in Perryville, MO.  It is a full-scale replica, even down to the misspelled names.  I urge you to check it out at: https://mnvmfund.org/  located at 1172 veterans Memorial Pkwy, Perryville, MO

Yes, there are many such tributes all around the Country, some are traveling.  I had the honor of assembling one such Wall when it came to our capital here in Carson City.  We started at 0400, we were putting in the last bolts at 0800 just as the first school children arrived.   It had no less meaning to us as the original in Washington, D.C.

Missouri (MO) is the Show Me State, let’s Show Them how Run For The Wall riders support our Mission.  So, I have a challenge for you in 2021.  If you are not able to ride to DC, ride to Perryville or any destination with a tribute Wall, send me a picture of you at the Wall.  Oh, by the way, it is only about 320 miles from the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial in Marseilles, IL (Hint)

Please, if you travel in a group or alone, check the Pandemic Restrictions where you will be traveling through to make sure not in violation.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Positive

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Southern Route Coordinator News – March 2021

Greetings Again from the Battle Born State,

I think we are all trying to deal with the 2nd postponement of the 20th Anniversary RFTW Southern Route to 2022.  One thing we all should do is cancel any hotel reservations we made in anticipation for RFTW 2021.  Some of the room blocks were cancelled, which would have automatically cancelled your reservation.  You should verify that just to be sure you are not charged for a room where you did not stay.

I think also that it is safe to say that the fire that burns within us says “Restrictions be damned, let’s ride”.  If I thought there was any way we could all ride together, I would be right there with you.  We have dealt with Rain, Cold, Blistering Heat, Tornados and even Hail.  How? We adapt and overcome.  But none of that compares with Restrictions on the size of Group Gatherings, that could stop us right in our tracks at any time.  Of course, you are free to ride when and where you like, but I caution you against any large-scale endeavor which could result in unnecessary problems for everyone.  Run For The Wall Southern Route 2021 was cancelled, that is the reality. But we are not giving up on the Mission or are we giving in to the restrictions.  Adapt and Overcome, Be Smart

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RFTW SandBox RC Newsletter – FEB 2021 – CONTINUE THE MISSION Edition

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Howdy from Texas!

Thirty years ago today, on 27 FEB 1991 several hours before zero-dark-thirty, I kissed my wife and sleeping daughter goodbye and headed in to NAS Miramar to fly an aircraft with my squadron out to the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as we headed across the big pond to support Operation DESERT STORM.  I was standing on the edge of the precipice that many of you have faced as you started a journey that led to events that would shape your life forever.  Looking back now at the young me on that day, I had no idea that this family of RFTW warriors and patriots were on watch and on guard to provide me and my family the support I would count on so many years later.

With that in mind, I express to you all now, my RFTW Family, that I stand once again on that precipice of the unknown as we stand watch over a Mission that we all love, but which must unfortunately wait another year to be serviced by the soul restoring recharge of the Run.  We as a combined force of Veterans and Patriots are strong enough to face this challenge and CONTINUE THE MISSION through the hardship of another delay.  The Run is on the road but the Mission is in your heart – every day!  Through small group support, Reunions, individual missions to support Veterans Homes and Hospitals, contacts made to Gold and Blue Star family members and much more, we will keep this mission alive in our hearts and bring all those experiences back to share when we resume the Run.

If you haven’t already, please read our Board President’s message explaining the reasons for this anguishing decision that was inevitable under the circumstances.  You can open it HERE.  

We already had in place a plan to hold the 3rd SandBox Route Virtual Briefing for all Leadership and Riders next week and I have no intention of cancelling that Briefing.  Please join me next Tuesday night at 8pm Central for this SandBox Route briefing on Zoom.  I’m planning for a large audience with many questions.  Your Route Leadership Team will be there with me to answer questions and I have invited the Board of Directors to join us as well.  Details of the meeting and the Zoom link you’ll need are shown below.

SandBox Route Virtual Briefing

Tuesday, 02 MAR 2021 at 8pm Central

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83409507800?pwd=MGhKb2lGV3JQdEtKeW5mR25CbjY4Zz09

Meeting ID: 834 0950 7800             Passcode: 255737

(The link will be active at least 15 minutes before the meeting starts)

I look forward to seeing you all as we continue to stand together from afar knowing that the bonds that unite us are so much stronger than the distance between us.

Remember, all roads lead to all roads so no matter where you go, TOGETHER WE RIDE!

WALL 2 WALL!

Bugs out!

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Southern Route Coordinator News – February 2021 Part 2

Normally Deja Vu experiences are fun and interesting, this one, not so much.    By now you have heard the RFTW 2021 has suffered the same fate as 2020.  It was not an easy decision to cancel again.   The Safety of our Riders and Supporters is of paramount importance.  Because of the Pandemic Restriction variances from state to state and county to county, there is no way we could execute our Route as planned.  It would be unethical for me to lead the Southern Route into situations that could potentially, cause harm and /or subject us to serious fines and penalties.  The main culprit is the draconian limitation on Group Gatherings.  Many states are as low as 10 people.

Frustrating to put it mildly.  I honestly thought that the Country would be much more open by now, and wide open by May.   The RFTW President shared a more detailed explanation in his newsletter this morning, you can read it at:

https://rftw.us/presidents-message-february-2021-part-2/

The Board of Directors has asked, and I have agreed to stay on as the Southern Route Coordinator for RFTW 2022, or until we finally put RFTW XXXII in the book.   I Hope and Pray that you ALL will be with us when we go Kick Stands Up May 18, 2022.  We have come too far to give up now.

The FNG Town Hall is still ln for Tomorrow February 27th  (see flyer below)

Also. stay tuned for upcoming information on ALL Rider Reunions.  Until then……. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Positive

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Midway – Route Coordinator- Newsletter – Feb 2020 #2

Dear Run for the Wall family,

As I am sure you have all heard by now, but if not,  it is with a heavy heart that I must let you know that the Run for the Wall has once again been cancelled for 2021.  The anticipation and excitement for the Run this May seemed to be at an all time high after the disappointing cancelation last year.  Everyone was looking forward to our mission in May and being together again.  FNGs were so excited to experience the special event that is Run for the Wall.  My heart is truly broke right now.  However, the Covid restrictions that our government has placed on us makes our event illegal in most, if not all states.  Our routes are just too large to comply.  As an organization, RFTW cannot be responsible for leading our routes into illegal situations.  The liability of doing so, could destroy RFTW’s future.  We would also put our hosts at risks of civil penalties.  See the President’s message at the link below:
https://rftw.us/presidents-message-february-2021-part-2/

The hours put in on planning our Midway route over the last two years is enormous.  It is sad that it has not been able to produce the route and mission we want to participate in and support so much.

Our hosts and communities that support our Midway route were looking forward to having us back this year.  I hate canceling on them.  They all put in so much work and money into hosting us and it would not be fair to have to cancel on them at the last minute.  I want to express my gratitude to all of them and ask for their understanding and continued support for what will hopefully be our Run in 2022.  I know it is disappointing for them as well.  They all have become like a second home to us on our route and I truly appreciate all that they do for us.

What can I say about our Midway leadership team?  You are so amazing.  Thank you for another year of fantastic leadership!  State Coordinators and Assistant Coordinators, I cannot express my appreciation and gratitude enough for all the hard work you have done all year to plan for what would have been an amazing 2021 route.  I will be counting on you heavily over the next couple of weeks to help us dismantle our route and notify all our stops and supporters.  I know that you will represent RFTW professionally and express our disappointment of the need to cancel, and our gratitude for what they do to support us. We hope to have their continued support for 2022 and beyond.  I want all our route participants, especially the FNGs to know just how difficult and important a job it is to be a State Coordinator.  We could not have our mission without them.  I hope everyone will tell them thank you for all the work they do when you see them. 

I wish I could list and thank each and everyone of you in this newsletter, but that just would not be possible.  I hope you all know who much I appreciate each and every one of you.  However, I want to give a special note of appreciation to my ARC, Jerry Wilkins and our Road Guard Captain, Rick “Taildragger” Schultz.    You two guys helped me to coordinate this route across the entire country.  You both are very special to me and I appreciate everything you have done.  You were always there for me and our mission.   I am blessed to be able to call you friends.

To all of you who raised money for us, and those who donated, I thank you for your time, talents and treasure given to support our mission.  Your money will remain in the Midway route account and be allocated for the purpose it was donated for and used to support our 2022 route and riders.  I intend to give donations to Milan Elementary and the Falcon’s Children’s Home as we normally do to help support them.  I will also announce the day and time that I will hold the drawing for the “Hotel Raffle”.  That $1000 prize will be given as planned.  You sent money for the raffle and so it will take place and I will be excited to announce the winner.  I am planning on a Facebook “live” type of drawing so whoever wants can witness the drawing for the prize. This time, you may have your hotel money early for next year!

The work of dismantling the route will begin ASAP.  Then it will be time, once again, to plan our Midway route for 2022.  The first part of planning is putting our Leadership and support teams together.  I invite you all to return to your positions and hope that you will do so.  It has been a very long two years and I would like us all to stick together to finally see our route return in 2022.  We do have a fantastic team!

We will move forward with a positive attitude planning to put this route together again to make Midway 2022 the best it can be.  I cannot say enough of how proud I am of our team.  The wait will just make the mission even sweeter when we get to have it again.

I will continue to keep all of you informed throughout the coming year as we look forward to seeing everyone at reunions and other events throughout the year.

Our mission lives on all year.  Many of you will ride your own individual rides this year as some did last year.  Maybe paths will cross again sooner rather than later.

I wish you all the best.  And,  Have I told you lately?………..I love my RFTW family!

Sincerely,

Ken “Six String” Dugas
Midway Route Coordinator

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Southern Route Coordinator Great News February 2021 Part 1a

Greetings Again form the Battle Born State,

***** Fake News Alert****

I am so happily embarrassed. I just got off the phone with Patti Luttrell, Clyde’s wife. I would have talked to Clyde, but he was busy eating his dinner. I will call him shortly and I am sure that we will have an interesting conversation.

Bottom line is …. OUR Clyde Luttrell is very much alive. I was given some bad intel. No one to blame but myself. I wanted to correct this ASAP.

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Southern Route Coordinator News February 2021 Part 1

Greetings from The Battle Born State,

I apologize up front for the somber tone of this newsletter.  I only wish that the good news flooded in as fast as the bad news.

Just last week I found out that Don “9 Ball” Morris passed away.  He was one of our most beloved Southern Route Riders, a Road Guard, and our 2006 Southern Route Coordinator.  He and is lovely wife Della aka “Pocket” were mainstays for many years on the Run.  Les “Easy” Williams wrote a beautiful tribute to Don in his most recent President’s Message.

Yesterday I learned that we lost Clyde “Rock” Luttrell one of Southern Route’s Tennessee State Coordinators.  You may not remember his name, but you would surely recognize his face, and we all enjoyed the fruits of his labor.  “Rock” was instrumental in organizing the Donuts & Coffee and PB&J stop in Knoxville, TN.  Definitely one of the Riders’ most anticipated stops. Please Pray for their Families that they find Peace.

Today I was told that one of our Texas riders, Hal “Grumpy” DuPuy was t-boned by an inattentive cage driver pulling out from a parking lot.  I spoke to his wife earlier; he is in stable condition and will be admitted to the hospital.  He likely has a fractured bone in his elbow and endured several x-rays and CT Scan.  They are awaiting the results.  His ride did not fare so well.  He can definitely use a whole lotta Healing Prayers.

As I write this, I realize that if my Dad was still alive, we would be celebrating his 100th birthday this month.

It is obvious that there are a great many things that are out of our control.  But one thing we can control is how we take care if ourselves.  I urge you to see your Primary Care Provider for a check-up before the Run and consider getting a Covid-19 Vaccination.  With today’s technology doctors can detect many issued before they become more serious.

On a more positive note, planning and preparations for Southern Route are moving forward.  Our State Coordinators are meeting with Supporters every day.  #RFTWStrong

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Positive.