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Are there any local groups that meet soldiers returning from deployment?

Amy Hotz
StarNews

There is at least one group that welcomes troops home from deployments.

The Patriot Guard Riders is an organization that began attending funerals of service members as guests of the families to shield mourners from war protesters. The group also has begun making trips to Camp Lejeune to welcome home returning Marines and they occasionally also welcome soldiers back to Fort Bragg.

To welcome them, The Patriot Guard organizes a motorcycle and automobile escort from their disembarkation point to their awaiting family members. They also present flags with the names and ranks of MIAs and POWs.

You do not have to own or ride a motorcycle to participate or be a member of The Patriot Guards.

For more information about this group, contact Barry Bertolini at BarryB_28546@yahoo.com

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One Response to “ Are there any local groups that meet soldiers returning from deployment?”

  1. On December 23, 2009 at 2:36 am Henry Smith wrote:

    You must also include the following VETERAN’S Organizations.

    1. Veterans of Foreign Wars

    2. American Legion

    These are the two oldest Veterans Organizations.
    The Veterans of Foreign Wars has been around since 1899. And the American Legion has been around pretty darn close to that as well.

    (Editor’s note: The question specifically addressed groups that greet returning troops. Reporter Amy Hotz contacted VFW and American Legion groups in the region, along with other veteran groups. While they provide a wide range of services for veterans, none of them currently have organized programs specifically aimed at greeting returning troops.)



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