Veteran Corps 2015 Face of America
On April 24-26, 2015, Veteran Corps proudly sponsored our fourth Face of America ride. Participants in this annual non-competitive bicycle ride travelled 110 miles from the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia to the historic Civil War battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Our team of 19 riders along with nearly 600 riders, including more than 130 injured veterans, experienced a unique opportunity to honor America’s servicemen and women who have been wounded or injured, as they set and achieved new goals. Team Veteran Corps was comprised of an amazing crew. Our veteran riders who have met this challenge in previous years included: Tom Mitchell, our team captain, John Wheeler, Andrew Palisin, Mike Kiess, Edgar Blanco, and MSG Jeremy Mann. And new to the challenge this year were: Wes Brin, David Cozad, Steve & Sharon Dancer, Chris Dewhirst, Tad & Crystal Johnston, Donnie Moten, and Bobby Williams. With a special thank you to the crew behind the scenes including: Seth Chouinard, Laura Frances, Dan & Amy Grant, Josh Maurer, Susan Nelson, Carolanne O’Neil, and Travis Sapp. Veteran Corps also partnered with FaithPoint including their team captain, Tim Goodwin of Camber and 47 or their riders and support team. We included a special mention to Camber and our team at FR as we were honored to add their logos along with the five branches of the military to our cycling jerseys. When you experience the Face of America ride, you can’t help but feel a little bit changed fundamentally. This event is truly an inspiration.
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September 11 Chemical Regiment Memorial Ceremony
“There is no tradition more important than honoring those who gave everything they had in the defense of this country,” said Brigadier General Maria Gervais at Fort Leonard Wood’s Chemical Memorial Grove. She was speaking at the ceremony for a monument dedicated to soldiers who have fallen during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. These men and women gave their lives for their country without any hesitation. In the presence of the monuments and memorials, it is hard to forget and easy to be humbled by their sacrifices. Veteran Corps of America is not only honored to have witnessed the ceremony, we are very proud to say two VCA teammates have strong personal ties to the community. Donnie Moten and Bobby Williams had the privilege of ringing the bell in memory of the 24 soldiers being honored, and they personally knew many of them. Moten was the Proponent SGM from 2000–2002 and Williams worked as the Operations NCO for the 84th Chemical Battalion from 2002–2004. Both men are involved in the senior leadership of the Chemical Corps—Bobby as the CCRA Ozark Chapter President and Donnie as resident “gray beard".
Veteran Corps 2014 Ride2Recovery
Ride 2 Recovery was created to benefit mental and physical rehabilitation programs in order to help our countries healing heroes overcome any obstacle they face while raising money to support cycling programs across the U.S. at military and VA locations. Recovering veterans work their way up from stationary bikes to rides around the base to challenges like R2R, with experienced riders coaching newcomers. For the first time, Veteran Corps participated in this challenging 275 mile ride from Washington D.C. to Virginia Beach, VA. Our own Mike Kiess and Mike Staunton trekked through historic landmarks like George Washington’s home and the battlefields of Manassas, along with Camber teammate, Tim Goodwin. VCA had the honor of donating $1000 on behalf of Mikel Alford, Camber employee and Project HERO coordinator, who also works alongside our teammates Jessica and Luis in Oceanside, CA. Mikel received his own Veteran Corps jersey to show our support to a great organization. [Click here to view album]
Veteran Corps 2014 Face of America
Team Veteran Corps supported riders for the third time in three years at the annual Face of America bike ride – their largest event to date! The 110 mile ride from the Pentagon to historic Gettysburg was created to honor our military – veterans, disabled, and active duty alike. This event is something that really makes a difference to veterans and society, something that VCA is proud to be a part of year after year. We had a 21 member team of supporters and riders this year, with returning riders John and Jennifer Wheeler, Mike Staunton, Mike Kiess, Edgar Blanco, and Camber employee Tim Goodwin along with his Faithpoint Church team, and first year team Veteran Corps riders Ed Gaulrupp and Andrew Palisin. Our riders were there to offer a helping hand and encouragement during the race, and our support team was constantly on the go, looking to help however they could – never a dull moment! Not only was VCA a huge support system to this year’s race, we also teamed with Villy Custom to create a one-of-a-kind cruiser bike for the silent auction, which just so happened to make it into the official World Team Sports newsletter! [Click here to view album]
Veteran Corps 2013 Face of America
For the second time in two years, Team Veteran Corps participated in the annual Face of America event, a 110-mile bike ride from the Pentagon to Gettysburg. This event is totally focused on supporting wounded veterans who overcome amazing physical challenges to complete this grueling two day event. Just as Veteran Corps has grown overall, Team Veteran Corps’ cycling team also grew! All told there were 26 riders who wore the proud Team Veteran Corps Cycling jerseys through the event. Joining us again this year were 14 members of Team Faithpoint, a local very athletic church group. We also added six members of the 22nd Chemical Corps from Aberdeen Proving Ground. Team VCA was once again led by our Vice President, John Wheeler, backed up by repeat riders Mike Kiess, Mike Staunton, and Scott Hamilton. Joining us this year, first time riders Edgar Blanco, Seth Chouinard, and Tom Mitchell, all of whom managed to navigate the hills of Maryland and Pennsylvania. (Not sure, but Edgar may have set a Guinness world record by riding 109 miles without once sitting in the seat!) Tad Johnston, Director of Operations couldn’t make it this year, but he joined the Veteran Corps support team of Kyle Greene, Gina Brown, and Sharice Boswell to meet riders at the finish line. [Click here to view album]
Veteran Corps 2012 Face of America
The Edgewood and Fairfax teams were out in full force for the 2012 Face of America Bike Ride on April 28-29, a two-day ride to honor our nation's military – disabled, veterans, and active duty, as well as celebrating the American Spirit. Riders departed from the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. in the cool early morning air on Saturday, arriving at the historic battle fields of Gettysburg the following afternoon, 110 miles away. Veteran Corps was involved on several fronts, stepping up to be a corporate sponsor, teaming with partners Camber and Federal Resources to join Team Faithpoint, and providing custom shorts and jerseys for the biking team with the help of graphic design support from Federal Resources. It was a true team effort all-around, with participation and support efforts led by Mike Staunton with the help of Michael Clark, Tobias Herald, Gina Brown, and their families. Riders from Veteran Corps included John Wheeler, Jennifer Wheeler, Mike Staunton, and Scott Hamilton. [Click here to view album]
Operation Homefront at Bread Company
While most people seemed to be out looking for post-Black Friday deals, Veteran Corps team members from our O'Fallon, IL office spent the Saturday after Thanksgiving supporting a mobile care package drive for members of the 509th Clearance Company out of Ft. Leonard Wood, currently serving in Afganistan. The care packages sponsored that day had been assembled either by local Girl Scouts or members of the St. Louis Rams. Individuals donated either in person or on-line through www.ecarepackage.org. [Click here to view album]