OLD GUARD RIDERS INC

Rating: 4.81 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Veterans

Location: AZ USA

Mission: Honoring all veterans for their service while assisting aging, homeless, disadvantaged and disabled veterans.
Geographic areas served: Arizona
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have been a part of the Old Guard Riders for over two years and have been extremely impressed with the professionalism and dignity with which the organization conducts itself. I participated in escorting the remains of seven service members from Apache Junction, AZ to Phoenix, AZ for internment in the National Cemetery there. The Old Guard Riders worked closely with the Missing in America Program to ensure the service members received all the honors and recognition befitting individuals who had served this great nation. The entire ceremony was conducted with a level of professionalism and dignity I have yet to see surpassed anywhere. As a member of the Old Guard Riders, I helped coordinate the OGR's participation in the Buffalo Soldier Plaza dedication ceremony on Fort Huachuca, AZ. I worked with members of the Old Guard Riders and the protocol office on Ft. Huachuca to have the cremains of CPL Isaiah Mays present at the ceremony. CPL Mays, a Medal of Honor recipient, had served at Ft. Huachuca. The OGR untiringly sought to and accomplished having CLP Mays exhumed form an unmarked grave in a barren field, transported across the country with an honor escort and interred in Arlington National Ceremony with all the honors and dignity due a Medal of Honor recipient. I am proud to be a part of the Old Guard Riders and will continue to support the organization in all it's endeavors on behalf of all veterans, both living and deceased.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being part of several ceremonies dedicated to honoring servicemen who had been forgotten.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their untiring and unfailing dedication to helping veterans.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

of the highest caliber and dedicated to helping veterans

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help feed, shelter and provide needed care for America's forgotten warriors.

Ways to make it better...

It could not have been.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the lack of knowledge on the part of the general public in general on the dire conditions of many of America's veterans and how the public could help this situation.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I consider it an honor and a privilege to be part of such an honorable and dedicated organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I have had the priviledge of working with Ron and Lee Eppich on several of their projects. Some people wave the flag; then go home for dinner. Some people say that "they are going to do something": and then they don't. Some people salute the flag; and then they don't vote. Some people say that "they support vets"...as long as it is convenient. This has never been the case with the Old Guard Riders. How many people do YOU know that will take a week off from work to ride a motorcycle all of the way across this country to see that a black Buffalo Soldier, a soldier that died almost a hundred years ago, be given the honor that he deserved by being interred at Arlington National Cemetery? They may not be in a class by themselves, but it dosen't take long to call the roll. A veteran dies; they are there on a flag line. A military family needs help; they do the best that they can for them. Some people just talk; Ron and Lee do something about it. I am not a vet; I never served my country. I greatly appreciate people that do!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being there to help Ron and Lee escort the "American Traveling Tribute Wall" into Arizona. Seeing their diligence, efforts, and work in identifing the remains of "unclaimed" veterans in the "Missing In America" project.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more people of like spirit. Include the media more in their efforts.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I never feel like I am being taken advantage of for personal or organizational gain.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

For the biggest part, dedicated to the ends and means of this organization. I have only met one individual that was "in it for himself". However, he lives out of state and is not a factor in the day to day operations of this non-profit.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

There is NO answer or limitations to such a fortunate event.

Ways to make it better...

more people understood what the Old Guard Riders stands for and what they do to support our veterans both living and passed on.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

(1)Letting others know who they are and what they do for our veterans. (2)Funding, either public or private, for their projects. (3) Expanding a standard "day" to 26 or 28 hours so that Ron and Lee can get more stuff done.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Keep true to your faith, dedication, and goals. There are so many people that depend upon you, your work, and your honesty.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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3 people found this review helpful

it is a pleasure to work with ron eppich he does what he says and stands behind our vets and ogr is a great organization

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

there is alot of non profits out there but they say they do alot but they don't ogr does what they say and it is nice to really see that

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

they are good people and they really do care about the vets

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

if they had this kind of money they definily would help a vet in need and they would fill in the cracks our gov. misses

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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2 people found this review helpful

I've been riding with the Old Guard Riders from the very first. I know Ron and Leah. The organization is great and under their leadership we've accomplished a lot for our service men and women.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

and seen the good will they spread among our veterans.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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9 people found this review helpful

i am a member of the local old guard riders we do alot to support our vets and our community they are a great organization and they back up what they say

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

boy if they had that kind of money they could do wonders for the vet community and this group would do what they say

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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7 people found this review helpful

i have done a few things with the local old guard riders they do wonderful work for the vets and they really do care about the vets

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

really great

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

really do great things for the vets

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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4 people found this review helpful

they do a great job and really care about the vets and they help them as much as they can

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

helping the vets make there life better

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do wonders for the vets that have fallen thru the cracks

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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1 person found this review helpful

I have worked a short time with my local chapter and found a great honor and respect among the fellow members and those that see our patches. I do this not because I have to but because it is for the greater good of helping fellow veterans with a hand up not a hand out. There are many that this organization has helped but there are many more out there that need our help. I find that this group is doing great work, I especially like that fact that we are giving proper burials to those that did not get one.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping homeless veterans in our community and attending a funeral service.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The members are warm and inviting.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more veterans seeking help.

Ways to make it better...

we could reach more veterans and had more resources to do more work.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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1 person found this review helpful

I am with the VFW i enjoy helping our Veterans. Anyone or any group that helps our Veterans is ok with me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways. Just for them being there to help our Veterans.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change a thing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

everything.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I HAVE MEET ALL KINDS OF STAFF

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do a lot of things for our Veterans and there families.

Ways to make it better...

more people would get in and help our Veterans.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

MONEY MONEY

One thing I'd also say is that...

GET OUT THERE AND TELL A VETERAN THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR GREAT COUNTRY.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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I have assisted volunteers in starting an OGR chapter in their states. Each and every volunteer is helping the homeless and indigent veterans with clothing, food, and basic essentials.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

conversations with volunteers

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The good feeling knowing that homeless veterans are being helped

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful, caring people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

assist homeless and indigent veterans in EVERY state.

Ways to make it better...

More people came forward to volunteer

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting more volunteers and donations

One thing I'd also say is that...

Keep up the good work Ron

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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