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111-mile motorcycle ride helps Forgotten Soldier Program

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BY: Krissi Khokhobashvili

California - After-ride party at Dingus McGee's celebrates veterans

Kickstands go up at 11 a.m. July 29 for the second annual 111-Mile Motorcycle Run benefitting the veterans served by the Forgotten Soldier Program.

Organizers look forward to good weather for the ride; last year's event, held in November, was rained out. Mark Korb was one of only three riders who braved the rain for the ride.

"I think it's a very worthwhile program," Korb said of Forgotten Soldier, where he serves on the board of directors. "I served my year and a half of ROTC in college, and that was all I ever did as far as that goes, but that doesn't mean I don't support the vets in what they do."

The Forgotten Soldier Program, which has been serving veterans since 2004 and received its nonprofit status in 2010, has the mission to "assist veterans and their families through an integrative approach of alternative health care, life skill tools and education."

"A lot of them come in in a great deal of stress and with a lot of difficulties," said April Anderson, adding that services are offered to the veterans free of charge. It costs about $380 per month to serve each veteran.

One massage therapist saw 55 veterans in the month of February, Anderson said. Other practitioners offer counseling, marriage and family services, holistic nutrition, acupuncture, art therapy, suicide prevention and Tai Chi, among others. The program serves veterans from all military branches and eras.


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Posted on 7/20/2012 9:49 PM | General News

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