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OLD GUARD RIDERS INC
March 13, 2010

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!

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

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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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I make memorial plaques and tributes for military families.