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Meet Eddie Gray
VFW Riders of Virginia does a Friday Night Dinner as a fundraiser on the first Friday of each month at VFW Post 3160 in the Ocean View portion of Norfolk VA. On February 2nd, the post and riders had the pleasure of meeting Eddie Gray. He stopped by the post hoping to talk with the post commander and just happened to meet a bunch of the riders.
Eddie Gray is a Cheyenne Marine veteran. He began walking the perimeter states of the U.S. in 2008, to bring to light issues facing our nation’s veterans. He told us he has walked over 9000 miles since leaving home 9 years ago. He will be visiting all the VFW, American Legion and DAV Posts he can on his way to the Capitol of Maine. He plans to stop by the Hampton VA Hospital after he leaves Norfolk.
Eddie said he stops to see every governor of the states he passes through to talk to them about Veterans needs. He told us he would be walking up US 60 to Richmond and visiting the posts along the way.
Take a few minutes and to go Eddie's website so see his story using the below link.
VFW Post 3160's Auxilary is raising money for Operation Smile in the name of one of our riders, Bob Perkins. We lost Bob July 21, 2017 at the age of 68. Bob was a long time VFW Rider and very active in Operation Smile for years. Bob was a Purple Heart recipient for injuries he received during his time in Vietnam. To learn more about Bob and his passion for Operation Smile and to donate in Bobs name, go
To read the full Virginia Pilot story, go
VFW 2017 National Convention in New Orleans, LA, July 22-26
Over 15 riders from Virginia made it to the convention. In all, 10 of us rode our bikes down, two even completing the Iron Butt, 1000 miles in 24 hours. We rode with our fellow VFW riders in the 2017 Howard E Vander Clute Jr Memorial Motorcycle Ride/Poker Run on July 22nd. The ride started off with wonderful weather but the day ended with a rain storm/flooding that those of us who rode in it will never forget. VFW Riders Virginia are proud to say we donated over half of the proceeds this year in the Vader Clute Memorial Ride. We donated a check for $15,000. The checks were presented to the National Commander on the stage during the convention.
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