--- Updated 12/20/10
This is a soldier that deserves our support. An Iraq veteran who was severely wounded, some say the second worst injuries of the Iraq War. After Growing up in Queens, He joined the Army in 2007 and in March of 2008 2 days before he was scheduled to come home, the vehicle he was in was hit with a rocket propelled grenade, 3 of his buddies were killed and he was severely wounded.
Below is some information on him. We need a person to lead the ride. I will take care of all the coordination, but I need some one to lead this escort in case I cannot be there. Please respond if you can lead it. This is a mission that needs to be done.
Peter Meyer, Many of you will recognize him from the American Airlines flights for wounded warriors and many other missions has asked if we could let Sgt Joel Tavera know that New York has not forgotten him and understands and appreciates his sacrifice. At the bottom of this email Peter sent a Photograph of himself with Joel. The email was sent to me after he called and asked if the Patriot Guard Riders would be able to welcome him Home and escort him to his Aunts home where he will have his first Christmas in New York since he was wounded.
Here is the email:
Jim; It was a pleasure speaking with you this morning. As requested, I've attached a link for your brothers at the Patriot Guard to see. It is always good to be able to see the face of the person we are helping. It is even better to meet him as you will see on Dec. 23rd. I've had the opportunity to spend some time with Joel and his family last month and I can assure you, they are an inspiration second to none! He is a friend I am glad I had the opportunity to make and you will too!
Joel's Flight Itinerary is;
Delta Airlines, LaGuardia December 23rd arriving at 1800hrs.
His return trip will be on December 28th. Details to follow.
Bill Clark from American Airlines is securing V.I.P. passage for Joel with his contacts at Delta Airlines.
John McLaughlin from Long Beach Waterfront Warriors is securing transportation for Joel with his contacts From F.D.N.Y. and notified the Fire Riders to join you if they are available.
Jim, Hopefully the Patriot Guard will be able to provide the escort for Joel. As you are aware, his arrival time will be the heart of rush hour.
I can't thank you guys enough....
TWU Local 562
"There is no higher honor then selfless service, to work for the common good is the greatest deed"