Giving Back

86,000 Missing Veterans: Rolling Thunder Roars Into Advocacy for POW-MIA During the "Ride for Freedom" XXII in Holmdel

3197b4b1b1433c5cc383_20170917_141232.jpg
Members of the National Chapter of Rolling Thunder Credits: TAPinto Staff
3aefb4b3ae99ba65d963_f37a0ee1e4de51b0c5bb_20170917_141223.jpg
8b5b5bb8eace7eb87f30_fb5beb45c9944715bce3_20170917_140739.jpg
Memorial Statue at the Vietnams Veteran's Memorial in Holmdel Credits: TAPinto Staff
bd69356b930dad1624ea_2893ab038c43914ef24b_20170917_140755.jpg
4c72780b43d8a1c71fdc_8e02e465bbfc9fb8ec15_20170917_140434.jpg
War Dog Memorial Credits: TAPinto Staff
ef794aa2804ef5f6d4bb_20170917_140227.jpg
Vietnam Era Helicopter on Display at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Holmdel Credits: TAPinto Staff
2b835122c3276c2c37ca_6bc196ea0620cc08c312_20170917_142456.jpg
4740844d14261144d0f5_cef0837a4ddb249b719c_20170917_142834.jpg
Harold J Einhorn - Sgt. at Arms Credits: TAPinto Staff
2547892f78baa9312ba6_f07c4aeec5ad30662321_20170917_142412.jpg
1d10d35b1d43007e4f23_20170917_141042.jpg
f54ef9e429b6a70fd3cd_a5e3f7a76c5c66f75ed8_20170917_142420.jpg
84b33c8c29b8a8a18681_4766978b5f6418f42185_20170917_142507.jpg
0df87627d328deaf96b0_20170917_140314.jpg
8e4b7a93d3894fc4cea3_04a996a73a1cb58b9dba_20170917_142320.jpg
fab50259c0f8c83dbaca_32c29cb511a686f4a469_20170917_142354.jpg
e83528fc5831ccb81f6f_d39e2eaeeb0dfccb962a_20170917_141645.jpg
928d1cd98c11397bffb6_43372c769910bd904a1d_20170917_141040.jpg
251715e3ba5653300337_60a157646ac4d4a84bc6_20170917_142436.jpg
c5214cc55689b9e1ab21_2a8497000e412e9b6993_20170917_142443.jpg
3197b4b1b1433c5cc383_20170917_141232.jpg

HOLMDEL, N.J. - POW - MIA. It stands for Prisoners of War and Missing in Action

Generations of children, young adults even grown men and women need the acronym above spelled out so they can remember the 86,000 men and women who never came home from the battlefields. There are men and women who carry that flag to this day who are here to help educate and inform, however. They are called  Rolling Thunder. 

Hundreds of motorcycles converged on the PNC Bank Arts Center location of the Vietnam Memorial in Holmdel, N.J., for the Rolling Thunder Chapter 2-NJ "Ride for Freedom". It was perfect end of summer weather. Members, friends and supporters gathered to continue to publicize the POW-MIA issue and advocate for all Veterans. According to Rolling Thunder's website:

Sign Up for E-News

Rolling Thunder ®, Inc. major function is to publicize the POW-MIA issue; To educate the public that many American prisoners of War were left behind after all past wars; To help correct the past and to protect the future Veterans from being left behind should they become prisoners of war-missing in action. Second, we are committed to helping disabled veterans from all wars. Rolling Thunder ®, Inc. is not connected with or an affiliate of any other organization or political party and we do not raise funds for profit. We are a non-profit organization, which operates under the guidelines of the Federal Government for a non-profit organization as defined by section 501C(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Each and every individual donates his or her time because they believe in the issues at hand! Our website is dedicated to all Veterans, past, present and future. We understand the price that some have paid so that we can enjoy freedom.

 Pictured below is Louis Amoriello  - President.

Our President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rolling Thunder Chapter 2 Vice-President Charles Webster captured the energy of the organization and the importance for all citizens to pay attention to the Prisoners of War - Missing in Action issue and its generational importance. They call for everyone to seek education and information  for our past, present and future generations.

Said Webster, "We are here today to bring attention to the plight of POW's and MIA's from our services - since World War 1 there are about 86,000 men and women who have been unaccounted for - nobody knows where they are and what happened to them and we want to bring attention to that. We also do whatever we can to help Veterans who are homeless or are down on their luck so we bring attention to Veterans issues by having these motorcycle rallies. " 

Many American Prisoners of War were left behind during all our previous wars. Through events, activities and publicity, the work of Rolling Thunder is meant to correct the past and to protect future veterans from being left behind should they become Prisoners of War or Missing in Action. Watch Vice President Webster below in an exclusive video:

 

Webster says that there are things we can do for Veterans. "...sometimes it can be simply be walking up to a Veteran and thanking them for their service. Money (donation) is always something that can help. We can help a Veteran pay bills, pay rent, pay a water bill, pay for the heat in the wintertime, those types of things. This can help keep them going so they can sustain themselves. Some of them are disabled or perhaps unemployed and just unable to make the bills. We also try to help Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). People can help with their time, their money or simply going up to a Veteran and thanking them for their service.

We have to remember those 86,000 men and women who have not come home. That's 86,000 families who have no idea what happened to their loved ones. They don't know if they died or if they were held captive until they died. they don't know if they suffered" said Webster.

Two other  key messages were shared by Webster:

1. Remember what Veterans have done for our country and that,

2. We have a responsibility to Veterans. 

86,000 men and women went to fight for our freedom and never came home. Rolling Thunder's message is to honor them and remember them as they work to correct the past and protect future Veterans.

Watch the video above for more...

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at Lacey Community Hall, located at Route 9 and Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ at 7:30 PM. All are welcome to attend the chapters meeting, lite refreshments are served.

If you would like to support Rolling Thunder Chapter 2-NJ  visit http://rollingthunder-nj2.org - 

Attended the event? Send your photos/video at jwall@tapinto.net so they may be included in an update! 

Follow us on FB at http://facebook.com/tapintoholmdelandcoltsneck and twitter at http://twitter.com/holmdellcntap

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

East Brunswick

Vets4Warriors Gives Struggling Veterans a Lifeline

February 18, 2018

Fatima Aguilar’s first day on the job at Vets4Warriors was anything but normal. A military veteran who’s currently enlisted as a Second Lieutenant with the New Jersey National Guard, she found herself in a potential suicide crisis situation as soon as she hit the phones.

“I started around three and a half years ago on the overnight shift, and my very first call was a US ...

South Brunswick: Volunteer Soccer Coach Charged With Possessing And Distributing Child Pornography

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – A volunteer youth soccer coach and former Sunday school teacher is charged with possessing and distributing child pornography, officials said Thursday.

FBI agents and local law enforcement arrested Waldo Milla-Guerra, 49, at his Kendall Park home Thursday morning after executing a search warrant, officials said.

Milla-Guerra, a volunteer soccer coach with the ...

How to Talk with Kids About the Florida Shooting

Guest Column

The tragedy of the Florida school shooting is devastating leaving 17 killed and 15 injured. Our children can easily identify with what occurred yesterday. It will be the topic of conversation today in schools everywhere. School administrators are doing all they can to provide support and guidance. The shootings affect children, teachers, and school personnel. The ...

New Brunswick/Middlesex County Reentry Site Opens

February 18, 2018

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The New Jersey Reentry Corporation (NJRC), a nonprofit agency serving court-involved individuals, is pleased to announce the grand opening a new reentry site in Middlesex County on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at 11 a.m. The office is located at 57 Livingston Avenue, Unit 3, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901. Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin will offer remarks and cut ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, February 18, 3:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, New Brunswick

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra: Hot Latin Nights ...

Arts & Entertainment

Mon, February 19

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Arts & Entertainment

Mon, February 19, 7:00 AM

Raritan Valley YMCA, East Brunswick

Presidents Celebration at the Raritan Valley Y

Other

Library Hosts Program On Joint Replacement Surgery

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital partner to present the special medical program “Considering Total Joint Replacement in 2018” at the library on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 pm.

Lead by board certified orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Kayiaros, the program gives a brief overview of arthritis of ...

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper with Danny Pellegrino (St. Martin's Press, 2017)

It's hard to go on a serious diet, one on which you expect to be successful and maintain a loss. Fortunately, in his new book Super Carb Diet, Bob Harper has given the weight watching world a sensible new diet plan to help achieve a healthy weight.

Harper, host of NBC's popular show The Biggest Loser, ...

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs (Bantom,2017)

How does a writer of a beloved series like Harry Potter or Temperance Brennan break out of their readers' expectations and try something new? For J.K. Rowlings it was the novels penned under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith; books about a maimed and very flawed private detective with the unlikely name of Cormoran Strike. For Kathy Reichs, it is the ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

'American Hero' explores with powerful performances

‘American Hero’ pulses with tension, clashing emotions at George Street

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNWICK – The issue of social injustice makes its way into “American Hero,” the second play in a trilogy by Christopher Demo-Brown.

Armand Schultz as Rob is to receive a medal of honor for his heroic actions during the Iraq war. Although he lost the use of his legs, he ...