It's been a long, hard 18 months since the Patriot Guard Riders of NY created the Veterans Recovery Program - a statewide effort working with funeral directors to identify and inter the long forgotten, unclaimed cremated remains of veterans.  The PGR/VRP has been instrumental is seeing to it that legislation was passed last year that fully removes previous obstacles that prevented us from fully completing our mission of seeing to it that every unclaimed veteran gets the military honors funeral he/she deserves.  Our VRP volunteers are excited about the new opportunities we have as are our funeral directors who have shown a tremendous willingness to cooperate and participate in our Veterans Recovery Program.

However, as we see success across the state in interning our veterans - there will be expenses incurred that are necessary to perform our mission of burying our veterans with the appropriate honors, dignity and respect - not all of these expenses can be borne by the volunteering  funeral director.

Linda Hastreiter - our Region 1 VRP Coordinator - has gone above and beyond the call in putting together our first VRP fundraising event scheduled for this Saturday - see the flyer information below, or download a flyer (click here).  Please consider taking some time out on Saturday to stop by and participate in this FUNd-raising event - looks like a good time for a great cause.  Please spread the word to your friends and family - bike it - cage it - it's indoors - rain or shine.

Thank you all for your support
Bill Schaaf
PGR - Asst State Captain
Veteran Recovery Program State Coordinator
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518-542-0608

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Hey You All-
(detailed info at bottom of this email)

Don't forget this Saturday, 4/16
Iron Island Museum- Veteran Recovery Program Fundraiser!!

If traveling from out of town----- Linda has a deal at the Holiday INN- here ya go:

Also if anyone is coming in from out of town the Holiday Inn in Lockport (between us and
Niagara Falls) will give a special rate for PGR guests.
>> They need to call Dave at 716-908-9879 and tell him they are coming for the event
(http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/lockport/llkpt/hoteldetail

Here is the info- in case you don't remember my last notice on this event!!!

Spring BBQ Fund Raiser
In House Poker Run
Patriot Guard Riders Veteran Recovery Program

Saturday, April 16, 2011
2 PM – 6 PM
Iron Island Museum
998 Lovejoy Street
Buffalo, New York 14206

$25.00 per person
includes hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, pop, desserts,
beer will be available for purchase
and your chance to pick your own poker hand
Best Hand wins the Grand Prize

All proceeds to benefit the Veteran Recovery Program
Tickets can be purchased at
www.ironislandmuseum.com through paypal
or by making checks payable to Patriot Guard Riders
and mail to Iron Island Museum,
998 Lovejoy Street, Buffalo, NY 14206
Attn:  Linda Hastreiter (716-868-4522)

Tickets can also be purchased at the door           

***************************see ya there *************************

Mark B. Steffan
SRC-PGR
Region #1, NYS
Allegany, NY 14706

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