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LEATHERNECK DONATIONS  2015

By TERRY (TRIKER) BURT

Secretary, WI Leathernecks

   The motorcycle riding season has ended in the Upper Midwest, but the generous giving to military veterans and their causes goes on regardless of weather for one Western Wisconsin Motorcycle Club.

Once again in 2015 the War Eagles Chapter of Leathernecks Motorcycle Club Inc. held true to its  mission by continuing to give to veterans and their families as they mix goodwill and a passion for riding motorcycles in a brotherhood of bikers who are also veterans.

The chapter has a club house in Independence, WI, and consists of bikers who are active duty or Marine veterans, or Navy Corpsmen (medics) who served with Marine fighting units in war and peace. The War Eagles Chapter includes membership from St. Croix, Polk, Dunn, Barron, Trempealeau, Eau Claire, Oneida and La Crosse counties.

“The Leathernecks have supported the Chippewa Falls Veterans Housing and Recovery Program through their generous donations of clothing, laptop bags and money over the past years” said Michael Xiong, program director of the Chippewa Falls-based program.

 The program, which accommodates veterans from all branches of the military, has a goal of assisting homeless veterans “in their process of completing the program; acquiring jobs and independent living skills,” Xiong explained.

 The Leathernecks recently presented the veterans program with $1,000 in gift cards which they purchased from a big box discount store to be used by the veterans for items they need. In addition, the Leathernecks gave the veterans program dozens of new t-shirts and clothing items.

  Xiong said his organization “looks forward to the continued collaboration with the Leathernecks” as the veterans in need receive health care and learn skills that will help them acquire permanent housing.

In addition to the Chippewa Falls vets program, the Leathernecks this year assisted a young Amery veteran, Steven Kanugh, 25 and his wife, Ashley, 22 as they cope with mounting medical bills the result of Ashley’s recent brain surgery.

A Marine veteran himself, Steven Kanugh said a cash donation presented him by the Leathernecks and their preparation of a Thanksgiving Dinner for him, his wife and their parents “was really outstanding” he said “like a family. It was real brotherhood.”

Ashley has been forced to withdraw from college while recuperating from surgery, but expects to resume her studies hopefully next year.

Steven is also a student at a technical college in New Richmond, studying business management.

In addition to the Thanksgiving meal, the Leathernecks have committed to doing the same thing for the Kanugh family for Christmas, said Fred Revoir of Osceola, WI, president of the War Eagles.

Earlier this fall, the Leathernecks were on their bikes to accompany the Traveling Vietnam Wall from Eau Claire to New Richmond where it was on display for four days in late September.

The Marine bike club joined with other volunteers and spent several hours helping erect the traveling memorial which consists of dozens of panels engraved with the names of U.S. military personnel who died as a result of the war in Southeast Asia.

Leathernecks from the War Eagles Chapter also helped a group of Canadian volunteers set up a temporary monument in New Richmond commemorating the hundreds of Canadian citizens who died in Vietnam while serving in various units of the U.S. Armed Forces.


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$2,500 in Wal-Mart Gift Cards donated to Chippewa Valley Veterans Assistance Program

The Wisconsin Leathernecks Motorcycle Club has presented the Chippewa Valley Veterans Assistance Program $2,500 in gift cards to benefit veterans being served by the program.
The gift cards, purchased from Wal-Mart, are the result of a fund-raising motorcycle ride held in August out of Diamond Bluff, WI where about 60 bikers banded together in an afternoon of great riding and a chance to further the cause of military veterans in need.
"The Veterans Assistance Program would like to thank you for your generous donation of gift cards," said Adam Kohls, site director of the VAP in Chippewa Falls.
"The veterans had the honor of meting Dan and Saundra (Dan Blanchard, state president of the motorcycle club and his wife) when they dropped off the donation, and we were very thankful as well. It is from donations such as yours where we are able to provide more for our veterans, making times easier for them."
The VAP helps homeless veterans by providing transitional housing and resources to help them achieve stable housing and income, said Kohls.
This is the second year the Leathernecks donated proceeds of a fund-raiser to the VAP. In 2012 the Leathernecks contributed nearly $2,000 to the cause.

The Leathernecks Motorcycle Club War Eagle Chapter, donates $250 & supplies to the Chippewa Veterans Homeless Shelter.  
Chippewa Falls, WI - September 29, 2011 - The War Eagle chapter of the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club (MC) donated $250 and 2 Televisions to the Chippewa veteran's homeless shelter.  Daniel Blanchard, Sergeant at arms for the chapter, presented the supplies and check to Phillip Sarazen, Klein Hall Site Director.   "Helping veterans is one of our charters top priorities" explained Blanchard.  "We will continue to raise funds to assist veterans in a number of ways, starting right here in our own back yard with the veteran's homeless shelter".  The Leathernecks MC is dedicated to helping veterans and keeping the awareness of POW/MIA issues in the public forefront.

Daniels wife, Saundra, with Naughty Chicks Leather also presented warrior quilts to the shelter to help keep these veterans warm in the coming winter weather.

Currently the shelter is in need of coffee, laundry detergent and printing paper.  Should you wish to donate or get more information on the Veterans Shelter in Chippewa Falls, please contact Phillip Sarazen @ 715.726.2541 or via email at phillip.sarazen@cvivet.org

The Leathernecks MC - War Eagle chapter is setup as a Non-Profit corporation within the state of Wisconsin.  For more information regarding the Leathernecks MC War Eagle chapter, please visit their website at http://www.LeathernecksMC-WarEagles.com

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The Leathernecks Motorcycle Club War Eagles Chapter Charity ride donates $900 to DAV Van Pool Program.
 

Menomonie, WI - September 15, 2011 - The War Eagles chapter of the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club (MC) donated $900 to the State Disabled American Veterans (DAV) van pool program from proceeds of their charity ride in May.  The charity ride took place on May 14, 2011 where riders from the area and as far as Duluth rode in to support raising funds for the DAV van pool program.  While numbers were expected to be in the hundreds of riders, there were approximately 50 riders for the event.  The weather might have had a little to do with the decline in numbers.  It was 43 degrees and raining throughout the day making the ride a cold and wet experience.  “The veterans that use this van pool have certainly endured weather worse than this supporting our freedom; these riders here today have proven their dedication to give back to those that have supported America” commented Jason Coop, chapter Vice President. 

Before a check could be presented to the Menomonie DAV, the doors closed for business.  Working with the State DAV, Coop was able to secure commitment to funding the van pool program in our part of the state.  In a letter from the DAV, Kenneth Kuehnl writes “Our program of assistance provides badly needed transportation to many veterans throughout the state.  The monies you have provided will be used immediately to benefit those, who for a variety of reasons are unable to drive themselves.  The dollars will be used to fund the van/vans which transport veterans to hospital and doctor visits in your part of the state.” 

This is great news for veterans in our area who depend on this critical service.  The Leathernecks MC –War Eagles chapter would like to thank the public who came out in support of this ride under less than favorable weather conditions.

The Leathernecks MC – War Eagle chapter is setup as a Non-Profit corporation within the state of Wisconsin.  For more information regarding the Leathernecks MC War Eagle chapter, please visit their website at http://www.LeathernecksMC-WarEagles.com

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