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Many Riders may not know how integral the Help on the Homefront program is to what we do.  Here in Maryland our HOTH focuses on those Wounded Warriors and their families who are sent to Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC).  There are many agencies and organizations that work with our Wounded Heroes, we attempt to fill in some gaps and give them a strong sense of not being forgotten.

Ann & Ted Nettles are the RCs for the Maryland HOTH program.  They conduct regular visits to WRAMC and do pretty much whatever it takes to get the wounded and their families what they need.  Whether it's an oil change for their car, a favorite meal or just someone's smiling face, Ann & Ted are on it.  They administer The Operation Eagle Head Presentation Canes project by the Smoky Mountain Woodcarvers.  This program is providing a walking cane for any post-9/11 soldier who has lost a leg.  They also administer the PGRs Wounded Warrior Challenge Coin program and make sure to place a challange coin with each Warrior coming into WRAMC.


We've been plugging away at WR the past few months trying to make our way into Bethesda Navy Med, soon to be called Walter Reed Military Medical Center.  What a mouthful!!!  It'll still be WR to us :)  We had the honor and privilege of attending the Casing of Colors July 27 at WR.  It was basically the closing ceremony for WR when they furled the WR flags and put them in their cases.  I've attached a few pics.  It was a bittersweet event...so much history has taken place and so many lives were changed there.  We strolled through the old hospital and the grounds taking pictures.  We visited the Eisenhower Suite in the old hospital, where he stayed as a patient and eventually where he passed away.  The day ended with a concert by the Doobie Brothers in front of the newer hospital.  It was a great show, with soldiers and even Gen. Schoomaker (The Surgeon General and past Commander of WR) dancing. 
 
We have lots of contacts at Bethesda now and Ft. Belvoir (where the guys are going who are closer to med boarding out).  As far as visting, it's the usual red tape of call this person, who tells you to call this person.....WR will officially close Sept 15.  They've been moving the guys out gradually and the rest next week.  Those from the hospital wards will move August 28--I'm going to forward an email for a support the troops event at the WR entrance (as they move the guys out) that day for those of you interested/available.  We'll be on vacation but show up if you can.
 
This past weekend we took a Marine to our favorite b & b in VA.  He really enjoyed it, fished, relaxed and even took a horse back ride.  We took some out for crabs again a few weeks ago...1 Marine from Iowa, Chris, asked what the "yellow stuff" was and Ted told him the mustard.  Chris looked at us dead serious and said, "they actually inject mustard in these?"  We had to laugh and explained best we could what it was.  Many of the guys have been asking if we'll be going to Bethesda.  As long as we have names, we can get in.  Then we'll take it from there...kind of like we did at WR.

Your help and support does not have to be monetary or physical presence at WRAMC.  There are many times that these troops need help that you may just have a skill set for.  Anyone interested in helping can contact Ann & Ted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Come out for one of their HOTH events and have a look through their photo album of the Wounded Warriors they have met and formed friendships with!

This article will be used to update on HOTH Happenings here in Maryland.

First, we'd like to thank everyone who came out to help with the fundraiser and support us at Vanessa's Corner Pub in March.  The weather couldn't have been any better!  It was the 1st decent day we've had after this long winter to get out on the bikes and enjoy some good music and sunshine!!

All of the money has been totaled and the grand total is $4779!!

The new USO building opened at Walter Reed last week and we're looking forward to hosting some nice events there, a crab feast being one of them this summer!  We have our Wares for Warriors program where we hand out necessities at WR & Vests for Vets where we get motorcycle vests with patches for the Wounded, Ill and Injured recovering at WR.  In December we co sponsored the Christmas party, helping defray the cost of the food.  This year we
co sponsored the Super Bowl party which had all of the yummy football foods we all enjoy, live entertainment, the Big Game on the big screen, Redskins cheerleaders and a surprise visit by Gary Sinese (LT. Dan).  We couldn't do all of this without your support!

 


The MD HOTH has been very busy.  In addition to our regular visits to our wounded heroes at Walter Reed, we’ve taken some of the troops and their families out to dinner, to our local VFW, to a motorcycle show at a local Harley dealer, and to a picnic sponsored by our local Lion’s Club complete with swimming, games and even a whole grilled pig!

A new soldier we met in the hospital told us he would love an Arby’s Arbecue Sandwich and orange swirl shake.  Well, we searched high and low for an Arby’s even going into Virginia.  Unable to find one that trip, we found one, it turns out, in a nearby town on our next visit.  His wife was so thrilled when we called to tell her we were able to get his favorite meal!

These guys and girls don’t ask for much.  Something as simple as a sandwich brightened his day.  While we were talking to another soldier we’ve known for some time, we mentioned the Arby’s story.  He told us that he too, loves Arby’s and couldn’t find one.  Well, he now knows where to go!

At the PGR Gathering of  the Guard in Virginia, a young girl of about 9 or 10 came up and said she wanted to do her part and help…she donated a quarter to the PGR HOTH.  We’ve collected home made cards from school kids and a local school had a “penny wars” to raise money to help with our PGR picnic we held at Walter Reed this June.  They raised $600!    

Our VFW hosted a picnic complete with live music, games and good eats!  We took some of the troops to that as well.  

We just stopped in to see one young soldier who we’ve known since last winter.  He’s outpatient and by himself as his family has gone back home.  He’d traveled to Europe to visit his unit on its return, maybe he was out when we’d stopped by other times, so we hadn’t seen him in about 2 months.  When we knocked on his door and he came out, we hugged and chatted.  Then he said that he was just thinking of us that morning and thought that everyone forgot about him.  I can’t tell you how badly that made us feel!  We assured him he’s not forgotten and we’ll do everything in our power to make sure he never is.    

On a more somber note, a soldier who we’d gotten to know over the past several months passed away unexpectedly at Walter Reed.  She was from our home state of MD.  We had become rather close with her and her family, always getting plenty of hugs from all of them.  We were contacted by the CAO to ensure that the PGR was in attendance at her service.  The kids reached out for hugs that morning when we paid our respects.  We assured all of them that we will always be there for anything they need.  

Most states are good at following through with keeping up with those we tell them about.  We ask that someone from the state get back to us when we contact them about one of their own.  Unfortunately, there are so many wounded troops at Walter Reed that we can’t notify about all of them but we do our best to.  Please help us make sure they’re not forgotten when they leave our care here at Walter Reed.

 


Since our last update, we’ve taken a soldier and his son to Battlefield H-D in Gettysburg, PA.  We introduced him to one of the managers, Randy Bradley, who chatted with him for a while and even fixed a goody bag for him!  He was given a coffee cup (which you normally can only get if you buy a bike), some pins and temporary tattoos for his son.  I’ve mentioned this Harley dealer before and how supportive they are…if you’re ever in the area, stop in and say “Thanks.”

After our visit, we went to a little country restaurant for some down home country cookin’!  Broasted chicken was the selection for all of us.  The soldier said it was some of the best chicken he’s had!!  And oh, so much better than the Army food

We’ve met many new soldiers as well.  We’re getting more eagle head canes made AND having some leather vests put together too, complete with patches.

A soldier and his family and another soldier celebrated Thanksgiving with our family.  His 6 year old son had the best time playing with our nephews.  He didn’t want to leave when it came time!  After dinner, a much needed nap by the fireplace was had by one of the guys!

Last Sunday morning we received an unexpected call from a soldier…he had 2 tickets to the Redskins football game—suite seats complete with food and drink—and needed a ride!  Ted gulped down his breakfast and rushed out to Walter Reed to pick him up and go to the game, just making it for kickoff.  They had a great time!!

We’re hoping to put up a train garden at the Mologne House for Christmas.  We were contacted by a Blue Star couple whose son is currently in Iraq.  Ted helped their son when he was home on leave, to finish restoring an old Camaro.  Well, they really wanted to do something at Walter Reed for Christmas with their son away on his 2nd deployment.  The father offered to build a train garden (which it sounds like the Mologne House has never had).  We’re awaiting an answer as to whether or not this can be done.  It would certainly add a little touch of home!

We plan to take some of the guys and their families to our local VFW for a Christmas party on Dec. 14.  I’ll fill you in on how it went in a few weeks.

 


Gift giving at WR and some outings we’ve been on recently. 1 of the guys won a gift certificate to a local restaurant at the VFW party. He and his wife insisted on treating us to lunch there. We all went out the day after Christmas to browse the shops on Main Street in Mt. Airy, then to a hearty lunch.

We made several trips to WR over the Christmas holidays. We had Santa sacks filled with toys, books, personal items, DVDs and all kinds of goodies. We had lots of items donated by various local groups and individuals, including much loved Girl Scout cookies and Boyds Bears! Many of the kids at WR were worried that Santa wouldn’t know where to find them since they weren’t at home…on Christmas morning there were several Santas at the Mologne House to visit and give out gifts!

Just a few weeks ago we had even more donated items to deliver to WR!! While on our rounds, we learned from a nurse that children’s videos were needed for when kids come out of surgery. On our next trip over, we took some used kids VHS movies that were much appreciated.

Something as little as filling a request for Copenhagen by a soldier who’s inpatient at WR meant the world to that guy. He called Friday afternoon and had his cans the next afternoon. If it’s within our power, we always do our best to get what they need as soon as possible.

We took a couple out with us for Valentine’s dinner at a wonderful steakhouse in Northern VA. They had the best steak they’ve had in a long time!! Sure beats that military food.

Ted was asked to speak at a local American Legion Riders meeting a few weeks ago and then at the state ALR meeting as well. They’re very interested in helping us with our Vests for Vets project as well as other HOTH projects. We work with a local business, No Croak Embroidery, who accepts donated vests or jackets and then puts patches on for us to give to our wounded heroes. Even used vests/jackets are accepted, patches are removed and new ones put in their place. We purchase the unit patches, OIF, OEF, etc, and even try to come up with a road name. Most of the vests have been a surprise to the guys and many say that out of all the gifts they’ve received, it is the most treasured! We’ve even had a few as door prizes at our BBQs.

Last week Oprah Winfrey aired an episode she recorded at WR while she was in town in January. We know several of the guys that were on it. Actually, we’ve been adopted by one of the guy’s units…the 40th Engineers FRG (Family Readiness Group) in Germany. We keep them updated on his progress and happenings.

This week we plan to present an Eagle Head Cane to one of the guys, take a few to the local Harley shops and out for a good meal. As they tell us, any day away from WR is a great day!

Also some pix from gift giving at WR and some outings we’ve been on recently. 1 of the guys won a gift certificate to a local restaurant at the VFW party. He and his wife insisted on treating us to lunch there. We all went out the day after Christmas to browse the shops on Main Street in Mt. Airy, then to a hearty lunch.

We made several trips to WR over the Christmas holidays. We had Santa sacks filled with toys, books, personal items, DVDs and all kinds of goodies. We had lots of items donated by various local groups and individuals, including much loved Girl Scout cookies and Boyds Bears! Many of the kids at WR were worried that Santa wouldn’t know where to find them since they weren’t at home…on Christmas morning there were several Santas at the Mologne House to visit and give out gifts!

Just a few weeks ago we had even more donated items to deliver to WR!! While on our rounds, we learned from a nurse that children’s videos were needed for when kids come out of surgery. On our next trip over, we took some used kids VHS movies that were much appreciated.

Something as little as filling a request for Copenhagen by a soldier who’s inpatient at WR meant the world to that guy. He called Friday afternoon and had his cans the next afternoon. If it’s within our power, we always do our best to get what they need as soon as possible.

We took a couple out with us for Valentine’s dinner at a wonderful steakhouse in Northern VA. They had the best steak they’ve had in a long time!! Sure beats that military food.

Ted was asked to speak at a local American Legion Riders meeting a few weeks ago and then at the state ALR meeting as well. They’re very interested in helping us with our Vests for Vets project as well as other HOTH projects. We work with a local business, No Croak Embroidery, who accepts donated vests or jackets and then puts patches on for us to give to our wounded heroes. Even used vests/jackets are accepted, patches are removed and new ones put in their place. We purchase the unit patches, OIF, OEF, etc, and even try to come up with a road name. Most of the vests have been a surprise to the guys and many say that out of all the gifts they’ve received, it is the most treasured! We’ve even had a few as door prizes at our BBQs.

Last week Oprah Winfrey aired an episode she recorded at WR while she was in town in January. We know several of the guys that were on it. Actually, we’ve been adopted by one of the guy’s units…the 40th Engineers FRG (Family Readiness Group) in Germany. We keep them updated on his progress and happenings.

This week we plan to present an Eagle Head Cane to one of the guys, take a few to the local Harley shops and out for a good meal. As they tell us, any day away from WR is a great day!

 


We’ve been very busy lately with our Walter Reed heroes.  From day trips and good eats to a weekend at our house, there is no shortage of fun!  Since my last post on HOTH Happenings, we’ve been to 2 Baltimore Harley shops, Battlefield Harley in Gettysburg and a Victory Motorcycle shop.  After a long, hard day shopping J we usually end with a good dinner out and a visit to the VFW.

A rainy day was spent at the National Rifle Association Museum in Northern, VA.  The guys found that fascinating, pointing out what year, make and model many weapons were.

We’ve presented several vests and eagle head canes the past few months.  As I’ve said in the past, both of these items mean the world to our wounded warriors.

We contacted the PGR in home states of 2 soldiers who are recovering at Walter Reed.  1 from Indiana was greeted at the airport by the PGR, the city and the town’s people.  He called us several days later to tell us how much it meant to him and that there were about 1000 people there!

We just contacted another’s home state PGR about welcoming him home next week.  This really means a lot to our troops!

This weekend a soldier’s wife has asked if we or someone else trustworthy can visit with her husband while she takes their kids back home.  We’ve arranged that if he’s unable to go because of the distance, to have someone hang out with him for the day.

Another day was spent with a husband and wife at our Agricultural Center farmer’s market and craft show.  A good time seemed to be had by all, enjoying the atmosphere and partaking of some of the fresh made goodies available!  From there we took them to a great local BBQ joint.

We brought some of the guys to a chili cook off where they helped judge the chili.  Ted also spoke with 1 of the unit liaisons at Walter Reed a few weeks prior.  He posted a flier for the event in the office and the liaison ended up attending himself with a few other troops.  The next day we took 2 of the guys with us on our dog visit to the Armed Forces Retirement Home in DC then off to Hooters for lunch.  They seemed to enjoy talking to some of the older vets and visiting with the dogs as well…and of course, a trip to Hooters is always enjoyable for them J

1 of the guys just spent the weekend with us.  We picked him up Friday night, he spent Saturday relaxing on the couch while we got our chores done, we went to dinner introducing him to wonderful “MD crabs”…he wasn’t too keen about them J  He couldn’t really get past the look and the “innards”, but he did give them a try…he can say he tried them but doesn’t want anything to do with anything “crabby”!  He spent most of Easter Sunday relaxing, watching TV in the recliner and reading…after we gave him his Easter basket.  We ended the weekend (which went way too fast!) with a wonderful dinner at a restaurant in Frederick, MD, where he enjoyed a BIG piece of prime rib!!!

Finally, our annual PGR BBQ at Walter Reed is planned for Saturday, June 27.  We would really love to see some good participation from our PGR members.  What better way to spend the day then to say “Thank You” to our heroes.  We’ll need help with serving food, drinks, setting up or you can sit and talk with them, get them a soda or just mingle.  We also plan to have a tattoo contest for the troops and their significant others and a motorcycle show.  There will be live music as well.    It’s always a fun time!!


 

In May a day was spent with a Veteran’s Appreciation day at the Izaac Walton League.  There was a cookout, a chance to view all types of weapons from WII to the present and even shoot some of them.  The guys were like kids at an amusement park, running from station to station!

We took several WR soldiers along with one’s young daughter to a pig roast where much fun was had…it rained severely but surely didn’t put a “damper”  on the festivities!  

Then of course, was our big BBQ at WR which was a GREAT success!!!!  Everyone’s still talking about it at WR.

One day while visiting WR, after visiting all day and about to leave, we met a soldier, his mom and his wife.  He’d just gone outpatient, was in a lot of pain and they were awaiting a room at the Mologne House.  They appeared lost sitting by the door.  Ted introduced himself, gave him a PGR Challenge Coin and chatted a while.  There was some mix-up about their room and they hadn’t yet checked out of a local hotel.  A room at the MH was assigned, they got the soldier and mom settled in and we drove his wife back to the hotel to help gather their belongings.  We gave them some cash and picked up some dinner for them.  They called the next day to tell us what all of that meant to them especially since they were new to WR.   They just called again last week asking if there was anyway they could get a cell phone for the soldier (his was still with his gear in Afghanistan) and his family was leaving to go back home.  Ted took them to a phone store and gave them some cash to help them out with some other necessities.  

Our Lion’s Club hosted a pig roast where 6 soldiers and their families attended.  It rained yet again, but didn’t stop the fun!  There was swimming, fishing, games and lots of room to roam.  One soldier said the food was 100 times better than what he’s had at the Mologne House.  Not much beats a good cookout!!  

Another day was spent showing a soldier around the monuments in DC.  It was his 1st ever visit and a chance to see and pay his respects to those who fought in previous wars.  The same soldier had a birthday coming up, which his wife called to tell us about.  Since his family couldn’t be here, Ted bought a cake and some gifts and surprised the soldier in the Mologne House lobby.  It really meant a lot to that soldier and his family back home.

Weekends have been very busy with fishing and cookouts away from Walter Reed.  The guys are just glad to get away for a day!  Some other PGR have been helping here too, picking up some guys to bring to the MD GOTG and taking them fishing.  We just had our annual VFW picnic as well and took 7 troops and 4 family members with us.  There was toe tapping to the band and as always…good eats!

One soldier asked on the ride back to WR, “So, what are we doing next weekend?”  We looked at each other, chuckled and asked, “Civil War Battlefields?”

 



In October, we took a few of our Wounded Warriors from Walter Reed to a Backyard BBQ Bash where the guys had the chance to sample some of the contestants’ entries.  There were chicken wings, meat on a stick and some other good bbq eats.  A variety of local bands played and there was even hair painting.  We talked 2 of the guys into getting their hair painted…one chose blue and red (like a skunk) and the other, bright green.  There was plenty of time for the color to wear off before formation on Monday!  One of the guys participated in the wing eating contest.  We thought he was a shoo in but the results proved otherwise…they were full sized wings and just out of the oven hot!  He had a ball doing it though and listening to his cheering section 

We attended Walter Reed’s Oktoberfest that had all the German fixins from German food to a strong man and strong woman contest…one of the guys persuaded me to participate!  It consisted of a 1 on 1 contest where participants hold a large beer mug full of water and marbles with arms outstretched from their sides.  It sounded a lot easier than it was!!  I lost but had my Walter Reed friends behind me, which meant so much more to me than winning.

On Veteran’s Day, we had the honor of attending a breakfast with a group of Veterans at a senior living community.  Ted and I, along with 2 other PGR members, presented the colors, mingled and had breakfast with these men and women who have proudly served our country.  It really meant a lot to them and us!

A few months back a soldier told us how much he’d like to have a bicycle to ride while here at Walter Reed.  He loves the outdoors and did a lot of walking.  We put the word out and had a local Wal-Mart donate a gift card.  We took the soldier to pick out a bike and he was able to get some accessories, a jacket and gloves too.  We also had several PGR members donate used bikes and the Red Men Riders donate 5 brand new ones.  We’ve found takers for all of them at Walter Reed and have a promise of several more! 

Thanksgiving morning was spent at Walter Reed handing out home made baked goods.  A little taste of home really means a lot to the guys and girls!  We took 2 soldiers to Thanksgiving dinner with my family.  Another PGR member took a soldier and the soldier’s mom to share Thanksgiving with her family.  Although it rained, it was a very enjoyable day for all.

On several occasions we’ve taken new and gently used clothing and personal products to Walter Reed.  Clothing and personal products are a great need there.  Just this past weekend, we took some Girl Scouts with lots of boxes of their cookies.  The Wounded Warrior Christmas party was that day as well so everyone got to meet a lot of our guys and girls and say “Thanks” in person.  In attendance at the party was Elvis, many elves, a train garden and of course, Santa himself.

We have lots of toys that were donated that we’ll be taking over 1 night next week.  We’ve already taken several large boxes that were used at the Christmas party.  And we now have a contact on the Pediatrics Ward (yes, there are children being treated at Walter Reed as well).  A new member of the MD PGR is a soldier who works on that ward.  With her help, we’ve delivered toys and Girl Scout Cookies to Pediatrics.  It was like Christmas morning when we gave them to the nurse’s station! 

We’ve presented several motorcycle vests over the past few months as well.  Some are sponsored by groups or individuals and others by the MD PGR.  These are a much prized and appreciated gift!

In between our visits to Walter Reed, we have given rides to and from the airport…once for a soldier whose wife and daughter were coming to visit and he hadn’t seen them for 2 years; another time for a soldier going home on leave.  I don’t believe there is a shuttle for the airports and cabs can be quite costly and cab vouchers aren’t always available.  We have a soldier who returned to his base in Germany to out process from the Army.  He is due to come back next week and will stay with us for as long as he needs a place to stay. 

We always tell the guys that if they ever need anything, we’ll do everything we can to help…As you can see from what I’ve written here, there are many ways to help our Wounded Warriors.  Start a collection drive of clothes (don’t forget the ladies and kids too) or personal hygiene products; if you have a flexible work schedule and dependable car, take someone to the airport, shopping, fishing or out for the day; sponsor a motorcycle vest or bicycle; just visit and get to know some of these men and women who so often tell us in response to our thanks for their service, “I was just doing my job.”  We ask that anyone who would like to help out, visit with us several times and get to know some of them personally, before taking them anywhere.  We’re more than happy to get more folks involved.  If it’s a group, we prefer to keep it to a small number of people at one time.  As always, feel free to email me with any questions or to help out.  My email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Although it’s been a while since we’ve given any HOTH updates, we’ve been busy with our Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed the past few months.

A soldier, who we met at Walter Reed, returned to the area after his discharge from the Army and stayed with us for several months this winter.

We’ve taken several guys out for steamed crabs, to breakfast and enjoyed their company at cookouts.  More bicycles have been given out thanks again to the Red Men Riders and we’ve presented more motorcycle vests and eagle head canes.

The fundraiser in June was a huge success.  Two Wounded Warriors attended and enjoyed the food, camaraderie and just getting away for a few hours.  We even met several other soldiers who work at Walter Reed that came out to support the event.

Our 4th annual bbq was held June 26 at Walter Reed.  There was a great turnout, sunny weather, good food and lots to do.  One soldier told me just recently that he thought it was the best event there…he said there was so much going on with the bike show, band, volunteers to talk to and tattoo contest….there was plenty to see and do.

Over July 4th weekend we took a Wounded Warrior to our favorite bed and breakfast in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.  Every time we’d visit, the owners would tell us to bring a soldier down and his weekend would be on them.  Well we were finally able to arrange it!!  Best of all, the soldier was from the same state as them!  They compared stories of towns, old time roller coasters, local characters and restaurants.  We sat by the creek, took a nature walk and just all around relaxed.  It was a much needed get away from the routine and bustling schedule at Walter Reed.  Look up Osceola Mill in Steele’s Tavern, VA, if you’re ever down that way.  If nothing else, just stop in and say “thanks”.

We hope to get a few guys/girls out to our next fundraiser July 25.  If we line some up to come, we might need help with transportation. 

Feel free to email me with any questions or if you’d like to help out with various activities.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



September 15, 2011, was the official closing of Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  After spending 6 years regularly visiting the Wounded Warriors there, it was a sad day.  So many lives were changed there, including ours, with all of the friends we made over the years and several that we lost there.  
HOTH was fortunate to be a part of all of the closing ceremonies, including a concert with the Doobie Brothers right in front of the main hospital.  A final day was spent roaming the grounds, taking pictures, and getting a tour of the Eisenhower Suite in the original hospital (the suite he was a patient in and eventually passed away in).

Since then, we’ve been busy getting adjusted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda.  It’s easier just to keep referring to it as “Walter Reed” since it’s so long!  We’re finally starting to feel comfortable there and have made many contacts.  

We have several new regulars working with us on HOTH.  At Christmas, we purchased lots of items to hand out there.  Our group took personal hygiene items, clothes, cleaning supplies, paper products, toys, Christmas wrapping accessories, and lots of other things over to give out.  It was a huge success and we heard many times, “you guys bring stuff we need”.  One PGR member brought her sewing machine to sew patches on anything the guys had.  MD PGR bought a bunch of patches that they could pick from.  That went over really well!!!

The Vest for Vets program is still going strong too.  If you’d like to sponsor a vest, let us know.  We’ll have a “vest donated by…” patch sewn inside.  They generally run about $70.

Just last week we took more items over to give out.  Several MD PGR members solicited donations of items from their friends and associates.  We had a truck bed full of boxes of things to hand out.  We’re currently working on the next date to do this.

We occasionally provide food for UFC fight night.  That’s a big night for the guys and a great way to get them out of their rooms.  Nothing fancy, usually subs, wings or pasta, but it’s a big hit!  
Most times we just go over to hang out, visit and have lunch with the guys.  There’s no shortage of hugs 
Our next fundraiser is March 24.  We can always use more folks to help!  If nothing else, come introduce yourself, eat and enjoy the live music.

If you’re interested in getting involved with HOTH, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Although there are less severely wounded service members, there are still many being treated at WR.  We've been told by command at WR that there are about 275 wounded still being treated there plus other service members considered ill or injured.  The term "Wounded Warrior" is no longer an "official" term at WRNMMC but rather "Wounded, Ill and Injured".  There are some still coming in wounded from ongoing missions in the Middle East & elsewhere, PTS, TBI, those returning for follow up treatment, etc.  There have been many significant changes at WR.  Heightened base security, more stringent requirements for base access, approval & paperwork from preventive medicine when serving food is involved & less number of volunteers with events.  


Some events we've support provided in the last year:


Christmas party

Super Bowl party

Taking wounded service members to the motorcycle show

Took a wounded soldier to his Sgt Major's funeral (who was killed in the incident in which this soldier was wounded) to the funeral at ANC

Collected and provided filled Easter baskets for the base USO

Helped with the Disney character breakfast

Collected and delivered items for service dogs in training for service members

Hosted our annual bbq in June which was a great success.  Twine Time Band played, had the usual yummy foods including fresh corn on the cob & fruit salad, family portraits, kids' activities and fun!

Helped with Marine Family Fun Day July 16.  Volunteers provided help with grilling, serving the food, temp tattoos, face painting, set up and clean up.

Just this weekend we hosted our 1st "Summer Seafood Shindig" at the USO on base with steamed shrimp, crab cakes, fresh grilled corn on the cob, burgers, dogs, and the other bbq trimmings.  Although our original intention was to do steamed crabs, it was way more complicated and involved than we could have ever dreamed on WR's end.  So the next best thing and easiest was the shrimp and crab cakes.  There was such a big, unexpected turnout out, we ran out of food far too soon and had to make a run for more burgers and dogs.  We heard nothing but good things and everyone was amazed at the food and attendance!!!  The new commander even showed up to get some good chow!

Although fewer, we still get requests for the cherished motorcycle vests and eagle head canes.

There have been several changes of command since the initial BRAC realignment between Walter Reed Army Medical and Bethesda.  We've been fortunate enough to attend most of them, most recently in July when the Navy changed base commanders.

Wares for Warriors program is still going strong with providing personal necessities to our service members being treated at WRNMMC.

Assisted in transporting a trike to motorcycle dealer for adaptations to be made to accommodate a double amputee

In September we'll be helping with the base 9/11 5k run and in October, the Fall Fest


Through all of the changes, hurdles & new requirements we have persevered and are still as devoted as ever to letting our service members know we support them and appreciate their service.


Ann & Ted