Welcome to my last SandBox Route RC Newsletter June 2023.
First, I would like to thank every rider and volunteer on the SandBox Route this year for allowing me the honor of leading you from Wall 2 Wall! You all did an outstanding job and together we successfully completed our mission at the Middle East Conflicts Wall.
During this “off-season” please Remember the Mission! Run for the Wall is 1 Mission, 4 Routes! Our mission is:
“To promote healing among ALL veterans and their families and friends,
To call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA),
To honor the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA) from all wars, and
To support our military personnel all over the world.”
Is It May Yet?!?!?
At the June 8, RFTW Executive Board meeting, the Exec BoD voted and approved this year’s Assistant Route Coordinator (ARC) Cornell “Thumper” Penn as the new SandBox Route Coordinator for RFTW XXXIV in 2024. Everyone please congratulate Cornell on his selection! Working with Cornell has been great, and I know he will continue to make the SandBox Route even better!
Both Cornell and I would also ask that each of you take the time to complete an After Action Report (AAR) on the RFTW website to help make improvements to this route. We read each AAR and take them seriously. Many of the changes to the SandBox Route this past year were the result of suggestions made by AAR’s.
Don’t let our loved ones die a second death, Say Their Name! Tell Their stories; Never forget!
This is why we ride!
Please take the time to visit the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial page here,
https://middleeastconflictswallmemorial.org/ and become more familiar with the history of this memorial and the names included on this Wall.
Leave no one behind does not end on the battlefield!
If you or someone you know find themselves struggling with their mental health, please know you can contact the VA Veteran’s Crisis Line by dialing 988 then press 1 or text 838255 and speak or chat with a qualified responder.
Darin “Lurch” Koch
Outgoing SandBox Route Coordinator 2023