Who We Are
Patriot Guard Riders of New York, Inc. (PGRNY) is a non-profit New York corporation organized exclusively for charitable and community service purposes. PGRNY is affiliated with Patriot Guard Riders, a national organization. Members of PGRNY must first be members of the Patriot Guard Riders National Organization.
PGRNY is a diverse group of patriots who come together to show support to US service members, veterans, and their families by standing flag lines and providing escorts at memorial services and other events honoring veterans and military personnel. We do not have meetings, dues or most of the other membership requirements of other organizations. The only thing we have in common is a deep feeling of appreciation of the sacrifices that our military and first responders have made and continue to make. Many members also share a love of motorcycles and many are also veterans, but neither is a requirement.
We are a 100% volunteer organization. Any donations received go directly to the veterans in the form of a plaque to the family at memorial services or as assistance to members of the Armed Services, veterans, families of deployed service members, and Gold Star families in need through our Help on the Homefront (HOTH) program.
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This message is to let you know I will be retiring from State Captain / President PGRNY effective 10/23/16. I have served in this capacity since 10/23/07. I will remain available to assist in the background until not needed and look forward to my promotion to the flag line.
I can't even begin to explain what an honor it has been to serve with you all, and together build such an outstanding organization of respect, with such an honorable and compassionate mission. What an incredible group of good people.
Thousands of Veterans and families of Veterans have been deeply touched by the care and concern, the respect and dignity we have shown them.
Hundreds more have received cash assistance to pay bills and buy food, clothing and necessities through our Help On The Homefront program. We are over 600 honor missions statewide and over $40,000 in direct cash assistance so far for 2016.
Our new State Captain and President is appointed by the PGR National Board of Directors. It is my pleasure to announce Bill Schaaf will be taking over responsibility for NY. Bill has been serving as Assistant State Captain and Senior Ride Captain of Region 5 for several years. I have full confidence Bill will continue to serve with excellence and continue to protect the integrity of our organization and mission.
I hope you all understand it is your responsibility to also protect the integrity and reputation of our organization. Things like gossip, negativity and disrespect are what ruin organizations. Please bring anything of the kind to leadership’s attention. I had less than a dozen members and Captains in nine years who crossed the line. Please do your part to insure our group is kept "set apart" and something always seen as respectful and an honor to belong to.
The families we serve are comforted and strengthened, they need us, and what we do is about honoring them and their Veteran. We leave them with honorable memories when they may otherwise be alone in a very difficult time.
Please welcome Bill and consider serving in leadership and HOTH as we continue to grow and answer the call to ride and stand for those who stood for us.
State Captain NY
Patriot Guard Riders