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ClearedJobs.Net Sponsors the Undefeated Two-Day Ride to Support the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation
For the third consecutive year ClearedJobs.Net is sponsoring the Undefeated Two Day Wounded EOD Warrior ride, Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9. The 160-mile ride, which raised more than $160,000 in support for wounded Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians last year, begins in Culver City, CA and travels down the scenic coastline before concluding at Liberty Station in San Diego.
This year, Wounded EOD Warrior John Kremer will participate in the ride for the first time on the strength of two prosthetic legs. Kremer, a young Navy EOD tech, was injured in an IED accident in 2010. He continues to serve in the Navy and will ride this year’s event, hoping to raise $5,000 in donations.
“John’s perseverance represents what we are all about,” said Lt. Commander Kevin Childre, chair of the event. “After last year’s ride, we were able to give more than $160,000 to the wounded and their families and we hope to raise even more funds this year.”
Seventy three riders from all branches of the military are expected to participate in this year’s ride. Each is asked to raise a minimum of $1,000 in donations for those injured in the field performing real-life Hurt Locker duties, though many raise more. Those who can’t make it to Culver City are encouraged to show their support as “virtual riders.” These participants can follow along at home, in a gym with a 160-mile ride on a stationary bike, or organize a group ride in their community. Donations can be made at www.eodride.org.
One of the riders in the Undefeated Two Day ride will be ClearedJobs.Net’s COO John Nixon, who has participated since the ride’s inception. “You hear about the IEDs and their toll on our service men and women, but you don’t have much of an opportunity to do something for them. With this ride, we can all show our support and thanks to our military and their families for their sacrifice”, says Nixon. “It is an honor to ride with other veterans. It will be a special privilege to ride with John Kremer this year.”
On average, more than 7,000 men and women serve as EOD technicians within the four branches of the military. These technicians are responsible for defusing and disposing of unexploded military and terrorist devices, often called Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), which are currently responsible for the majority of severe injuries and fatalities to our troops.
The Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation (WEODWF) provides financial assistance to wounded EOD technicians and their families. While the government furnishes the cost for health care and rehabilitation to the wounded, they do not provide families with travel costs to see their loved ones, or the inevitable loss of wages, areas where the WEODWF can help. The foundation has supported wounded soldiers and their families for years in the form of grants and stipends.
Event details can be found on the Undefeated Facebook page.
About the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation
The Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides assistance to wounded EOD warriors and their families in the form of financial relief. The resources provided by the foundation to the wounded and their families are above and beyond the budgetary constraints of the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs. Families are an integral part of the healing and rehabilitation process and WEODWF strives to keep them together during the most difficult of times. For more information, please visit www.woundedeodwarrior.org.This entry was posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 7:00 am