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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Honoring all veterans for their service while assisting aging, homeless, disadvantaged and disabled veterans.

Geographic areas served: Arizona

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

MY OLD MAN AND I JOINED AND WERE HARD WORKING VOLUNTEES FOR THIS ORGANIZATION FOR QUITE A TIME ,WHICH WE ENJOYED BEEING PART OF AND DOING FOR OTHERS WHEN CERTION THINGS WERE BEING NOTICED AND BROUGHT TO OTHERES ATTENTION ...WELL LETS JUST SAY THAT OUR PRECENCE AND HELP WAS NO LONGER WANTED OR NEEDED BY ALLL THE OTHERS ....NO MONEYS SHOULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM ONE IT IS DESINATED FOR AND PUT IN THE OTHER FOR NO REASON OR A REASON THAT WAS EXCEPTALBLE TO MY POINT OF VIEW ...THERE FOR TO SAY THE LEAST CAUSE OF NON TRUTHFULL RUMORS THAT WAS BEING SAID I GUESS THEY TOOK IT UPON THEIRSELVES AND MILISOUSLY DISMISSED US FROM THEIR OGR ....THERE LOSS ..LOOSES OUR GOOD WORK,,, TO ALL THAT WANT TO JOIN...GOOD LUCK AND NEVER ASK FOR THE TRUTH ....U MAY END UP LKE WE DID......

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been a pleasure working with Ron & Lea the Old Guard Riders Inc. from the first day I meet them,I knew it would be a great organization to be a part of, and The mission statement locked me in. They have always been very professorial and treated myself and all others around with the utmost respect. I was heavily involved in bringing The Old Guard Riders (Phoenix) Non-Profit L.L.C. to its current state with several others, we have overcome several minor hurtles and are able to continue this mission statement. Thank you Ron & Lea for allowing us to continue what their wonderful hearts started several years ago. We will carry on and carry it out to serve our veterans. We still continue to grow every week. It has been a great pleasure working with them both, If anyone would like more information on The Old Guard Riders (Phoenix) Non-Profit L.L.C. Please contact: Tarra Matyas tarramatyas2@gmail.com or dougmucklow@gmail.com The Old Guard Riders (Phoenix) Non-Profit L.L.C. will continue on Doug Mucklow Vice President Old Guard Riders (Phoenix) Non-Profit L.L.C.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

As the Founder/President, I am extremely proud of our service record to veterans. Old Guard Riders Inc was deliberately created with a very broad Mission Statement. We wanted to create an organization that could fill almost any void in the cause of assisting America's veterans - whether alive or deceased. Whether feeding and clothing the homeless veteran or finding and interring the unclaimed remains of a veteran, we wanted to serve a broad spectrum of needs. Old Guard Riders Inc. has no paid officers or staff, so the donations that we receive go almost entirely to the needs of the veterans.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Old Guard Riders Inc. on several of their veterans projects. I provided the sound system and music for their events. They are extremely dedicated to veterans and will do anything to help veterans. They exhumed and moved CPL Isaiah Mays to Arlington National Cemetery. They exhumed and moved PO2 Stephen Staggs from an indigent cemetery to the AZ National Cemetery in Phoenix AZ. They feed the homeless and do so much more. Support this group.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Casualty Coordinator for the Office of the Arizona Governor and I have known Lea & Ron for several years, now. They have turned their grief and the loss of their son, Sgt Robert Eppich, into a concerted effort to bring joy to the lives of other veterans and military members. Most of the programs they provide to help the families who have lost loved ones, homeless and our wounded warriors, they fund from their own pockets. I love them!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've known Lea and Ron Eppich for a couple of years from my place of employment and I can say that they have hearts of gold. They live for helping out the vets whether alive or passed on. What they do is amazing and I have to tell them keep it going. It takes people like the Eppichs to make the vets feel like they have family and a home.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization puts the Veteran Military Men first and foremost, and does many things to raise the public awareness of Veteran' current hurdles. Old Guard Riders has focused on finding, identifying, and interring the cremains of Veterans abandoned across the United States, notifying living relatives when possible. I have participated in their Missing in America program, and it is first class. I can vouch for the ethics and standards set by the founders. If you support organizations to help our Veterans, please join this group.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have enjoyed helping with the Old Guard Riders because their focus is specifically veterans and how they can help them.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Knowing the Founders of this Organization, I wholeheartedly am HONORED to be a part of this group. I am the Celebrity Spokesman for this Organization, Because I believe in what they Do and What they Stand For. What they do in support of Our Troops and Veterans is Exemplary!

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name Is Don Mac Neill I am The President of the ma chapter o the Old Guard Riders . we have done a few missions visited the oldsoldiers home in Holyoke and are presentlyplaning a memorial dedication for the family of a navy pilot shot down in viet nam this has been a great and moving exsperience for myself and our 11 members it is one unselfish act that none of us will forget or regret!