Veterans Don’t Want VA Dismantled.

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I am sharing some updated news to let you know what is going on in the veteran community. 

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One legally blind WWII veteran fought off assailants attempting to vandalize his American flag after destroying his “God Bless All Police” sign.

Howard Banks, a proud Texas veteran at 92 years old, reportedly heard noises outside his home and went to investigate after a string of vandalism previously resulted in the destruction of his American flag and Marine Corps colors.

Legally blind, Banks says he could not fully make out what the vandals were doing, but he quickly realized they could see him. Moments after he went outside, the vandals knocked him down.

“I turned and looked in the other direction, and about then – ‘wham!’ They knocked me down.”

Bank, a WWII veteran of the Pacific front survived Iwo Jima, is not deterred by the injuries, defending the flag is “the one thing I can cling to. Yet at my capacity, there’s not much I can do. But I can honor our flag.”

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There seems to be an increase in this happening. A sad day in our country when we disgrace humanity by terrorizing these heroes.

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Veterans: Fix – Don’t dismantle –  VA System 

A survey of 11,000 veterans shows that an overwhelming majority want to see the VA repaired, but not junked,  or switch to private care.

92% wanted the deficiencies corrected.

 5% wanted the VA dismantled.

 2%were not able to categorize.

 1% wanted Universal Health care. 

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This same group were asked if they noticed any improvement at their local VA.

41% said yes they noticed improvements.

38% said improvements still needed.

17 % said no improvements needed.

 4% N/A

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I will be putting up some interesting news like this from time to time. Let me know if you want this to continue by making a comment. 

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Don’t forget we still have our Bike22 in full swing. Our next event is next week at Castle Rock, CO.   Colonel Mikel Burroughs from RallyPoint is in charge of this event.  Check out RallyPoint here. It is a full military social network:     

www.rallypoint.com/join/spc-douglas-bolton

Sign up quickly at  https://secure.qgiv.com/event/BIKE22, and ride with Steve Durgin, a.k.a. #CrazyBillionDollarGuy and our founder at Victory for Veterans Foundation. 

There are many other Bike22 events coming up across this great nation. Go to our home page to find out locations and times.  This also will explain more about upcoming events.  BIKEfor22 Flyer – VFV

 

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For those veterans who may be suffering with PTSD, anxiety,  war wounds, depression, homelessness, or many other usual suspects, you are not alone. You have thousands of your buddies praying for you and reaching out to you. 

There is always help for you 24/7 at: 1-800-273-8255

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…Never, ever, give up!

PTSD: War Battles in the Brain

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The soldier was on watch in his bunker. He was relaxing while he kept his eyes on the wired fences. It was a clam night and it seemed serene and peaceful.

Then all hell broke loose. It wasn’t a ground attack it was from the air. The vietcong were shooting everything they had into the compound. The soldier heard screaming, but he was taught to keep his down while the bombs came in. 

Finally it stopped. The soldier slowly rose his head over the edge of the trench, and what he saw put him into shock. He could see many of his buddies lying dead, or badly wounded. 

The screams were overbearing. The blood was everywhere. 

The soldier finished his tour and thought he was free of the war, but little did he know his personal war was just starting. He started battling PTSD. 

He was sent to a special VA clinic that allows the veterans to actually live there and get treated. He saw doctors every day. He was counseled on a regular basis. There was no improvement. His battle now was why did he live and so many friends die. A typical question from thousands of veterans seeking help for PTSD. 

This story is based on Truth. Much of what I wrote I learned from this very soldier I wrote about. I interviewed him. It was hard on both of us. 

There are thousands of similar stories to this one. PTSD is a horrible affliction that way too many of our brothers and sisters have to fight. 

If you are battling PTSD, I feel your pain. I reach out to you, and want you to know I am praying for you and all other afflicted veterans. 

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Here at Victory for Veterans Foundation, we are united to find ways to help our veterans. We are doing many things to help when we can. We have partnered with other nonprofits that help veterans in different way. The partnerships make both organizations stronger.

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We are in the middle of our Bike22 campaign. Steve Durgin, our founder, has been riding across the great nation seeking support for our veterans. He will be many cities by the time he is finished.

His next stop is Castle Rock, Colorado 13 August, 2017.  Come join the #CrazyBillionDollarGuy in this next BIKE22 event!

I invite  you to join him there if you live in the area. There is a sign up area on our site here. You can register, and then ride with Steve.  Also check out the whole schedule to see when Steve is coming to your area. 

There will be FREE food, water, music and fun!!!  Also, special RAFFLE of awesome things… How about a ride over the Rockies in a small airplane???  Also, a BIKE22 Jersey will be raffled as well…  and others!

Here is the information you need to get started. Click on the link and just do it:

https://secure.qgiv.com/event/BIKE22

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Veterans… If you are in physical or mental pain, please seek help. 

There is always 24/7 help at 1-877-995-5247

 

Veterans Are Getting help!

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Hello all,
 
Victory For Veterans had its second BIKE22: Victory Tour in Las Vegas and had a great turnout of 55 cyclists and volunteers!   Two groups left around 7am (to beat the heat); a 22 mile group and 22 km group!  All had a good time, a good workout and enjoyed meeting others and talking after.
 
After the ride we heard from Sergeant Guny Aragon, 7 year Army veteran who was injured when he stepped on an IED.  Guny was our key cyclists leader and team organizer.  Guny shared how losing a brother or sister to suicide is really painful and he is committed to helping other veterans in need.
 
We heard from Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson, District 17, who has worked tirelessly in Nevada on behalf of veterans.
 
I spoke briefly about VFV’s Mission and Vision of zero suicides and of building the FUND to $1B.
 
We want to thank several groups and organizations who helped out today!
 
Walmart
702 Shifters
Nevada Bike Club
IAVA
Project Hero
VFW
and other volunteers from different groups.
 
We hope to see you in a city near you sometime in the next 14 months.
 
Thank you supporters and bicyclists for a great day!
 
Steve
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Thank you Steve! What a great day in Las Vegas. It was 115 degrees for the bikers and yet there was a good turnout. 
 
Steve has just begun. He has Salt Lake City next and then he is coming to my hometown of Salem, Oregon. That will be July 22nd. Looking for many to show up and ride with Steve. You can register ahead of time right here. 
 https://secure.qgiv.com/event/BIKE22
 
Look for a Bike22 event coming near you. Steve is going to over 90 cities in the next year and a half. Join him and support our veterans as well.
 
For veterans:
 
You are never alone.
 
You are never forsaken.
 
You are never unloved.
 
And above all….never, ever, give up!

What Does the 4th Of July Mean?

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Time to buy the firecrackers, get the barbeque heated up, and have a great family gathering. It is the 4th of July!

But…is that all the 4th of July really means? Is it just and extended weekend? 

Many years ago in 1776, our nation broke away from depending on other countries, and formed our own. We decided to walk the path of life alone.

Our great nation has grown through the years. We have prospered, and have a good lifestyle.  

The U.S.A. has many freedoms. We have many choices. However, we sometimes use those freedoms, to cause turmoil. We may be the most satisfied nation, but we also may be the most empty. 

We expect the luxuries. We expect to be able to choose our own paths. We have become a self centered nation that is having storms within its borders.

Let’s change our thinking now to the men and women who have fought for us to get those freedoms and luxuries. We may well have been taken over by the enemy in past wars if it weren’t for our veterans who put themselves in harm’s way to assure us of those freedoms.

That is what the 4th of July means to me. It is celebrating our freedoms and thank those who have gotten it for us. 

We need to give back to these heroes to thank them for their service. That is where Bike 22 comes in. There is a national event that started today. Steve Durgin, the CEO of Victory for Veterans of riding his bike across the great nation of ours to bring awareness of our veterans and the sacrifices they have made. He is heading up the West coast, and then zig zagging his way across this country to end up in Washington D. C. 

Steve will be coming through over 80 cities. He will be greeted by thousands of people. Why don’t you join him on his quest to help those veterans who may be suffering from PTSD, TBI, depression, homelessness, war wounds, etc. Show him you care. Show him you want to help out by riding with him or being at one of the events to show support. You can even donate right now on this site to help out. 

Here is the information you need to get started. Click on the link and just do it:

 

https://secure.qgiv.com/event/BIKE22

Doug Bolton

Remember this if you are a veteran:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, giveup!

There is always 24/7 help at 1-877-995-5247

Bike 22 Will Save Lives

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We are getting very close to our first Bike 22 event. (The 22 represents how many veterans take their lives every day.) The Bike 22 rides start the first week of July. Over 90 cities will be visited by CEO Steve Durgin here at Victory for Veterans. I will be adding links and you can find the city near you so you can ride with Steve as he comes into your city. Another link will have the registration. 

Why is Steve doing this?  Very good question.

Steve comes from a military family. He has several who have sacrificed their time to serve their country.  He wants to give back to our veterans and let them know they are important. That is why he created Bike 22. 

Why do we need to reach out to veterans? Another good question

The amount of suicides in the military is alarming. 22 veterans take their own lives every day. I said every day! This is not every year!  That is how Steve came up with the title Bike 22. There are many other veterans who are homeless and live on the streets. Others are battling PTSD, TBI, depression, war wounds, etc. 

What will the Bike 22 do to raise money? You ask many good questions! 🙂 

During the Bike 22 events people will register to ride with steve on their own bikes. The registration cost is $44.00. That money will be used to help our veterans. With each registration there will be a complementary Bike 22 T-shirt. 

As a side note… If you have a need to do a fundraiser, look no further. If you take charge and seek out people to fill out a Bike 22 registration,  your group will get back $5.00 for every registration you get. That could be substantial. In the bigger cities Steve will be visiting, you could get as many as 5,000 people to sign up. You know how much that would be for your group? $25,000 dollars!  

 

Click on the link below and get started. We need your support! 

https://secure.qgiv.com/event/BIKE22

 

For those of you, veterans and current military, who may be suffering some of the afflictions I mentioned above, stand strong!!

Do not let the darkness overcome you. Move out into the light of support you have all around you. Seek help! Tell your family you need them. You should never feel you have to be tough and stand alone. Fight back!

Doug Bolton

There is always 24/7 help at 1-877-995-5247

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

Bike 22 is Coming. Join Us!

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We are proud of how our Veterans March on America turned out. We had marches in 16 cities across this great nation. Now we are starting our Victory Tour: Bike 22. That will begin 2 July, and run for over a year. 

What it is for is to raise awareness first of our brother and sister veterans and also to raise money to support them in the prevention of suicides and for the battles they face with PTSD, TBI, depression, war wounds, homelessness, etc. 

VFV’s travelling office (our RV) is coming to your city within the next year. Please find the attached flyer that will explain, in detail, where and when the RV and BIKE22 Tour is coming.  In the RV will be Steve Durgin, the founder of Victory for Veterans Foundation. He will also be biking throughout your city and speaking on behalf of the millions of veterans who may be suffering.   There will be a 22 mile route and a 22 km route in each city.

Please join us for this huge event. The link provides a registration page where you can sign up. As part of your registration you will receive an exclusive ‘BIKE for 22’ T-shirt.  Additionally, the team you sign up with will also receive a portion of the proceeds from the tour.   So, both your local team nonprofit and VFV’s Foundation benefit from your registration.

The registration site is:  https://secure.qgiv.com/event/BIKE22/register

Why are we doing this?   It is because 22 veterans take their own lives every day. Not every year, or even every month. This is every day!!

We want to stop this! Our goal is ABSOLUTELY ZERO suicides a day.

Here’s the flyer that describes the events:  BIKEfor22 Flyer – VFV

If you are a veteran and feel you are doing great, please take part in this Victory Tour to help other veterans who aren’t doing so well. You signing up helps raise monies to get them the much need resources they need. 

Keep checking us out. There will be updates on a regular basis.

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up!

We Honor Our Fallen Veterans!

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It is Monday. It is Memorial Day. It is a day to honor those who have gone on before us to pave a trail towards freedom. 

Today we pause to let those who paid the ultimate sacrifice know we honor them for their service and total commitment to their country. 

I went to the cemetery where my mother was buried yesterday. I paid tribute to her, and next to her was my step father’s grave. He was WWII veteran. There was the flag that is always placed on the graves of veterans above his head stone. 

As I was walking back to my car I saw one flag that had fallen. I went to the grave and saw it was a WWI veteran. I picked up the flag and saw that the ground was very hard there, and whoever was putting the flags down couldn’t get this one in the ground. 

I knelt by the headstone and forced the flag stick down into the ground. I paused there for a while and silently thank this soldier for his sacrifice. 

This is a Memorial Day I will not forget. That one flag out of the thousands there, and I was able to be there at the right time to honor my fallen brother for being a true hero. 

This is what we do here at Victory for Veterans. We are finding ways to reach out and let all veterans know we care and want to do what is best for them, and honor them.

Check out our website and see how you can reach out as well. On this Memorial Day it would fitting to show our veterans you honor them. 

What follows is a poem I found this morning while reading my emails. It is a great tribute to our veterans. 

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It’s the veteran

not the preacher

Who has given us the freedom of religion.

It’s the veteran

Not the reporter

Who has given us the freedom of the press.

It’s the veteran

Not the poet

Who has given us the freedom of speech.

It’s the veteran

Not the campus organizer

Who has given us the freedom to assemble.

It’s the veteran

Not the lawyer

Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It’s the veteran

Not the politician

Who has given us the right to vote.

It’s the veteran who honors the flag

It’s the veteran who serves under the flag No matter where they serve, God Bless Them All!

God Bless America!

There is always help for you as a veteran 24/7 at: 1-800-273-8255

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

I’m Marching to Make a Difference

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Welcome to Angelea Torn,  one of our Captains for the Veterans March on America. She shares her compassion for veterans, and hoping you will join  a march if there is one near in the United  States.

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Okay, so I kinda look like I’m going to go play bingo, but my girls had the idea, and implemented the whole thing, to help me go marching. 

The care packages are ready to go. We’ve got a banner. We’re all patriotic looking. so people WILL notice us. We are ready to go marching.

This is a major step for me; stepping outside of my “office” and getting out there and spreading the word, by marching.

I’ve heard that there is enough “awareness,” but I disagree. What there is, largely, is acceptance of how things are. and that’s not acceptable to me.

This is a grassroots movement, and we will all be marching at the SAME TIME. In just a few short months, cities across our great Nation were able to get marches organized in their areas. Many were able to get a Proclamation for “Veterans Issue Awareness” day. News channels have picked up the story, and people are excited. this isn’t something that will fizzle out, either. We already have future events planned (near future), that will continue throughout the year.

We have people from all fields participating. and we have the most incredible teams working their backside off so that they can effect change for the Veteran community.

Right now, some of you see us organizing, and you don’t realize the magnitude of the hearts behind this March. but I’m telling you now, that they are HUGE..

We want the Capitol cities. We want THE Capitol. We want to end Veteran suicide, homelessness, and joblessness… we want organizations to stop worrying about finances, and focus on the mission. We want our Veterans to stop thinking “What if,” and start THRIVING.

So. I am going to go out with my family, and those who join us. and I am going to represent Victory For Veterans/Veterans March On: America with my old lady bingo hat. I will be marching for veterans. 

I’m going to show up, I’m going to reach out, and I’m going to make a difference, because that is what I do.

 Angelea Torn 

Never Give up! Fight Like Hell

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Many of us as veterans have been losing the battle. We are overcome by the world. It is time we recognize our needs and share them with the world. 

I want to make sure you are aware of a huge march coming up for veterans. On May 20th, 2017 there will be a nationwide march on America. The official title is called, Veterans March on America. 

This march is to bring attention to the needs of our veterans across this great land of ours. 

Here as some more details, and I hope you will join us at wherever you live. 

The march will start at 1:00pm Pacific time, and at the exact same time for each time zone. They will run for about two hours. At the end of the march there will be speakers. Go to www.veteransmarchonamerica.com to see the routes, places, and times for each state. If you live close please join the march.

In the state of Oregon, where I Live, we will have a different schedule do to scheduling conflicts. 

Our march will be Salem, Oregon on the 20th, and start at 4:00pm. It will run until 6:00pm. We will have several speakers who will start speaking at 5:00pm, and information will be giving out to our veterans.

We will gather at 4:00pm at the park on the grounds of the State Capitol. We will be at the west end of the grounds. At 4:45pm, we will begin our march and end up at the steps of the State Capitol at 5:00pm.

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Now it’s about you! How are you doing? Do you have bad days? Do you wish you could go to some enchanted island to get away from it all. 

Veterans have this feeling a lot. They feel alone, and defeated. We all have faced this. I have faced it when I was in the service.  

The thing is that we need to is once more strap on our boots, and fight back. Fight like hell! Never give up. Never let the challenges of this earth get you down. You have brothers and sisters from the military who all support you. 

Do not hid in a shell. Do not say everything is alright if it isn’t. Get help. Get it now!

There is always help for you 24/7 at: 1-800-273-8255

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

 

Help Us Help You Stand Strong

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Well, I said we would be posting more often when we go public. We went public and starting this next week we will be having a minimum of three posts a week. We may have some for seven days in a  row at times, because we are having a good number of veteran friends that would like to be guest bloggers. 

Some will talk about depression. There may talk about suicide. Many have wanted to talk about the problems of being deployed away from family. Others are battling PTSD, and are seeking help. We want to reach out to you and show you how to stand strong

Some of our bloggers will be  people who have been struggling themselves . Some will be those with mental health degrees, and other important degrees. Others will be leaders of their own non profit that we have teamed with. 

I am using this Saturday night post to ask you what you would like to hear about. What subjects would you like covered?  This site is here to help you. We will be writing things that will help people in many ways. Just let us know what your most important needs are. 

You are an important person. You have great worth. Stand strong and believe in yourself.

Featured link of the week: www.military.com  

There is always help for you 24/7 at: 1-800-273-8255

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!