The VFW Riders Post 3762 invites the community to the second-annual Warrior Run, which will include a motorcycle ride and an after-party to follow.
The event will take place on Sept. 12 at the Post 3762 building at 355 Veterans Way in Washington Court House.
“We are the VFW Riders,” Duke Hanscel, the VFW Rider president, said. “We are a group of veterans who ride motorcycles and help other local veterans with many different things. Sometimes certain groups would only give veterans a wheelchair, but no way to get in and out of their home. The Riders have helped build walkways, make home repairs, and even have helped with electric bills for veterans.”
The money from the event will go to the VFW Rider Club Veteran Relief Fund, which benefits veterans from all over the county who need assistance.
“We are veterans and we know how they think,” Hanscel said. “They can be stubborn and not want to ask for help until the last moment. The only problem with that is the VFW only meets once a month. So once you talk to them it could be another three to four weeks before they are able to provide assistance. That is where we come in, providing assistance in a much faster fashion.”
Registration for the Warrior Run will begin at 10 a.m. and the VFW Riders will be selling breakfast from 9 until 11 a.m. The first bike leaves at noon and all motorcycle riders are welcome. Registration is $20 per bike and includes the price of admission to the after-party at the end of the ride, which will feature a pulled pork dinner, live music, and raffles. The after-party will be held at the American Legion Post 25 on U.S. 22 and those not riding can still go to the party at the price of admission of $10.
“Starting at 5 p.m., when the ride is over, we will begin dinner,” Hanscel said. “There will also be live music performed by Apt. B beginning at 7.”
Hanscel said that the group will be raffling off an AR-15, and other items which include Harley clothing, vests and other motorcycle-related items.
“Over the last about year and a half we have raised about $15,000 for veterans and have helped many organizations with their own events, such as Eddie’s Run and the Southern Ohio Buckeye Bike Rally,” Hanscel said. “I really encourage everyone to come out and enjoy a good ride, help us help veterans in the county and perhaps meet a few of these great veterans.”
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