OAA Thanks Veteran Organizations

September 01, 2017

OAA Orthopaedic Specialists has a deep respect and appreciation for our nation’s military and those that honor our veterans. As a result, OAA recently invited some very special groups to Coca-Cola Park to enjoy an IronPigs game. Groups in attendance included the Patriot Guard Riders, American Legion Riders, Warrior Watch Riders, Purple Heart Riders, Vietnam Veterans of America, and a Gold Star Family that is involved with The American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.
 
  • Patriot Guard Riders are members of a 100% volunteer, federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that ensures dignity and respect at memorial services honoring fallen military heroes, first responders, and honorably discharged veterans. This group of patriots has one goal in mind – to ensure respect. Their main mission is to attend the funeral service of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. Each mission that they undertake has two objectives: 1) Show sincere respect for fallen heroes, their families, and their communities. 2) Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors. This very special group takes pride in “Standing for Those Who Stood for US.” For more information, visit: www.papatriotguard.org.

One special member of the Patriot Guard was also honored as the Hometown Hero before the start of the IronPigs game. At each game, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs publicly recognize a family in which one member is currently serving or have served in our Armed Forces. For every home game, a Hometown Hero will be honored for their service. Mr. Jeff Beil (right), an active member of the Patriot Guard Riders and other veterans’ organizations, was the Hometown Hero the night of OAA’s veteran’s outing. Mr. Beil is a veteran of the Vietnam War and served three tours with the United States Navy.
 
  • Many of those in attendance are also members of the American Legion Riders. Local American Legion Riders chapters are part of the national American Legion Rider organization that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local children's hospitals, schools, veterans’ homes, severely wounded servicemembers, and scholarships. Since 2006, Riders nationwide have participated in the Legion Legacy Run, to annually raise money for the Legacy Scholarship Fund, established to provide scholarships to children of U.S. military personnel killed since Sept. 11, 2001. For more information, visit: www.legion.org/riders  
 
  • Warriors’ Watch Riders is a troop support group that exists for the sole purpose of supporting our nation’s warriors, past and present, and their families. Warriors’ Watch provides motorcycle escorts for military units returning from war, for units deploying, and for individual warriors coming home or deploying. This group takes great strides to honor their founding principle: “They have our backs over there. We have their backs here at home.” The Warriors’ Watch Riders envision a day when every member of the United States Armed Forces and their families, at home and abroad, feel appreciated, honored, respected, and loved by the citizens they risk their lives to protect. For more information, visit: http://www.warriorswatch.org/
 
 
  • Members of the Purple Heart Riders are veterans who were wounded in battle and awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Membership in the Purple Heart Riders National Association is open to all veterans awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Many veterans are also members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, but is not required. Our mission is to promote patriotism, service to all our veterans, service to our communities, and support from our dedicated members. For more information, visit: http://www.purpleheartriders.us 
 
  • Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) strives to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans. For more information, visit: https://vva.org/
 
  • The American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is a national organization of mothers whose sons and daughters died while on active duty in the United States Armed Forces, died as a result of such service, or were missing in action. American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is a Veterans Service Organization, established in 1928 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1984. American Gold Star Mothers continue to honor their sons and daughters through service – service to veterans and patriotic events. These admirable women, along with fathers, family, and loved ones of fallen soldiers participate in many memorial events to honor servicemen and women. The Lehigh Valley chapter of the American Gold Star Mothers is well-known for their efforts to honor veterans. They visit schools to teach children about veterans, as well as nursing homes and senior centers to express their thanks to those that served our country. They also are actively involved with Wreaths Across America – a coordinated wreath laying event every December at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as veterans cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. For more information, visit: http://www.goldstarmoms.com/
 
While these groups all have their own identities, they all have one goal in mind – to come together and honor veterans, first responders, and their families. Ride Captain of the Patriot Guard Riders George “Bubba” Wirth, elaborated, “These are all groups that work hard to honor those that serve or have served others. One thing I’d like to stress is you don’t need to ride or own a motorcycle to be involved with most groups!” 
 
OAA Orthopaedic Specialists, the official team physicians of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, was both honored and privileged to give back to Veterans and members of organizations that give so much to honor our nation’s veterans – thank you for all that you’ve done and continue to do!

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