Operation Pay It Forward

Operation Pay It Forward

Mission Statement

Our mission is to show our appreciation for our fighting veterans by connecting them with others that share the same passions and are willing to get them into the outdoors and enjoying life again. We challenge all of the veterans that participate to “Pay It Forward” by spreading the word to their brothers and sisters that need help or could use some time in the outdoors to re-focus their minds on the important things in life!

About OPIF

There are plenty of worthwhile charities in this world. There are a lot of those that need help and many social benefits are available to those that are going through a bad time or experiencing medical issues.
Our nation’s veterans raised their hands and purposely put themselves in harm’s way to sacrifice for their fellow Americans. Unfortunately, our society has not put the same measures in place to take care of the unique struggles and injuries our combat veterans return home with. Most struggle to simply understand what our returning veterans are trying to cope with in civilian life.
Operation Pay It Forward was founded and organized by veterans that understand the healing process and help by providing a new focus and mission for these veterans. One of the biggest voids is from the lack of comradery and brotherhood that kept them alive in combat situations. In the civilian life, this is most easily duplicated by spending time in the field hunting, fishing or simply enjoying the outdoors.
Our goal is to provide a new focus for our returning veterans and provide them with a new mission to help save their brothers and sisters they served with. The enemy in civilian life is often within the veteran and much more difficult to identify and fight. We are here to help in that battle.


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Veterans Crisis Line

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

In some instances, callers may experience difficulty connecting with the Veterans Crisis Line. If you have trouble reaching the call line, please CLICK HERE to connect to chat, or text 838255 for immediate support.

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PGR Mission Alert: Veteran’s Honor Picnic

Veteran’s Honor Picnic
USA, USN, USMC, USCG, USAF
Goodyear, Arizona – 26 May 2018

ABOUT THE MISSION:
The Patriot Guard Riders have been asked to stand a flag line and share our song at a special picnic to honor veterans in Goodyear, AZ. We accept this mission with honor and respect.
We will be honoring veterans residing in Goodyear, many from a local retirement area. Residents will be attending a special picnic and program to honor those who have served our nation with honor. We will stand a flag line as they arrive, have our circle of honor, and then depart. It will also be a time to encourage and show appreciation to these men and women.
PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 26 May 2018
Primary Staging Time: 9:30 A.M.
The Groves
2655 N Pebble Creek Pkwy
Goodyear, Arizona – 85395
Ride Captain: Dan Lazear

Special Instructions:
Briefing Time: 10:00 A.M.
Note: This will be a short briefing for PGR members to review the mission before we set up the flag line as soon as this short briefing is done.At 10:30 A.M. we will do the Circle of Honor and have the pledge, song, and prayer with residents and others attending. Following the Circle of Honor this mission will be completed.
Flags & Water:
Flags Will Be Provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water will be provided.
Submitted By: Bill Wooster
Position: Assistant State Captain

Note:
You do not have to own/ride a motorcycle or be a Veteran to join and membership is Free. The only requirement is RESPECT! To join, simply go to www.PatriotGuard.org and click on Register. Membership is Free.

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Army and Air Force Exchange Service

In the six months since the Army & Air Force Exchange Service officially expanded online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged Veterans, more than 50,000 former service members have used the new benefit, saving an average of 20 percent off MSRP and avoiding a total of $3 million in sales tax so far.

“With the national average sales tax being 8.5 percent, the Veterans online shopping benefit offers significant savings to all who raised their right hand and took an oath to defend our Nation—no matter how long they served,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull, a Vietnam-era Army Veteran who worked tirelessly to secure the change in Department of Defense policy after joining the Exchange in 2012. “This benefit is a modest way to thank all who have served and welcome them home.”

The Veterans online shopping benefit, which launched on Veterans Day 2017, marked the first expansion of military exchange privileges since 1990. Veterans have used their new benefit to order nearly 500,000 items at ShopMyExchange.com—tax-free.

On ShopMyExchange.com, Veterans find a wide assortment of national-brand at an average savings of 20 percent off MSRP. Shopping the Exchange online reconnects Veterans with their military community, allowing them to remain Soldiers and Airmen for life.

Dan Sacco, a Vietnam Veteran who lives in Trumbull, Conn., had been without an Exchange benefit for nearly 50 years, after leaving the Army in 1970. When he shops with ShopMyExchange.com, he knows he is making a difference to service members and their families.

“This is an incredible benefit to offer,” said Sacco, who has shopped ShopMyExchange.com for electronics, clothing, gifts and more. “There’s no taxes, no shipping charges with a MILITARY STAR card, and it supports the military. It’s better than Amazon. There’s no negative.”

Every purchase Veterans make online improves life for service members and their families as 100 percent of Exchange earnings support programs including military uniforms at cost; school lunches below cost for Warfighters’ children overseas; Child Development Centers; Youth Programs; Fitness Centers; and career opportunities for spouses, Veterans and Wounded Warriors. In the last decade years, the Exchange has distributed more than $2.4 billion to critical military Quality-of-Life programs.

To verify eligibility and begin shopping, Veterans can visit ShopMyExchange.com\veterans or VetVerify.org.

Facebook-friendly version: In the six months since the Army & Air Force Exchange Service officially expanded online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged Veterans, more than 50,000 former service members have used the new benefit, saving an average of 20 percent off MSRP and avoiding a total of $3 million in sales tax so far. Read more: https://bit.ly/2rRsSOQ

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Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 56th-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.4 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at http://www.shopmyexchange.com or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Julie Mitchell, 214-312-3327 or mitchelljul@aafes.com.

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05.17.2018
Story by Julie Mitchell
Army & Air Force Exchange Service HQ


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