Saturday, June 23, 2018

Mission Restore Bronze Indiana picks up fiscal sponsor

Beech Grove, IN (June 23, 2018) VRI — This week Bikers Helping Veterans, a Veterans program under Bikersinc, has announced that it has become the fiscal sponsor to Mission: Restore Bronze Central Indiana.

This will be Bikersinc’s 4th sponsorship in 5 years and the 2nd under Bikers Helping Veterans.

"We look forward to assisting this organization and seeing it grow to its potential," J.D. Duggar, the Chairman of Bikersinc said. “This sponsorship will enable Mission: Restore Bronze Central Indiana to be able to accept tax exempt donations and enjoy the benefits of a 501(c)(3), without having to deal with the lengthy process of filing.”

Raymond Brown of Mission Restore Bronze

 J.D. met with the Director of Mission Restore Bronze Central Indiana, Raymond Brown on Friday June 22, 2018 to formally reach an agreement at their Beech Grove, Indiana office.

Raymond Brown restoring a bronze gravestone 

 About Mission Restore Bronze Central Indiana: MRBI is a nonprofit initiative whose purpose is to restore grave markers of interred soldiers in Indiana. Raymond Brown, the director of the project travels throughout the state to do the restoration in person at no cost to the families. More information: MRBI.rocks

 About Bikers Helping Veterans: Bikers Helping Veterans is a program under Bikersinc, which specializes in Veterans related affairs. It is a registered nonprofit in the state of Indiana.
More information: Bikers Helping Veterans

 About Bikersinc: Bikersinc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered out of Beech Grove that provides assistance to Veterans and promotes the positive image of Bikers through their Historical Archives and Clubs. More information: Bikersinc


Official letter from Bikersinc about their Board of Directors meeting 

SOURCE: Bikersinc

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

VA Replaces Military Service Flags With LGBT Pride Flag

Fort Wayne, IN (June 12, 2018) VRI — Flags representing the branches of the United States Military were restored to their places outside Fort Wayne's VA Hospital Tuesday afternoon -- but not until after someone swiped the LGBT "pride" flag that had gone up in their place. 

Some residents and veterans expressed their outrage after they arrived at the hospital Tuesday morning and noticed the military flags had all been removed. On one post, instead, a rainbow pride flag flew, in honor of LGBT pride month.  

VA Northern Indiana Health Care System – Fort Wayne Campus

Public Affairs Officer responded to the situation with a statement saying they are flying the flag to honor LGBT veterans.  

He said due to the limited number of poles outside the VA facility, the Service Flags were temporarily lowered. He said rather than take only one flag down, they decided to lower all of the flags.

Officials intended to return the branch flags to their usual spots, but that happened sooner than anticipated because somebody lowered, then drove off with, the pride flag early in the afternoon.

The full statement from the VA follows: 

"We are aware of concerns voiced by some of our employees and Veterans about the Service Flags removed outside of the Fort Wayne campus. As we are committed to serving all Veterans and June is LGBT awareness month, we are flying the flag that represents and honors these Veterans as a display of solidarity and respect for their service.

We all serve this nation.

Due to limitations in the number of flag poles outside our VA, the Service Flags were lowered temporarily. Rather than take one flag down temporarily, it was determined to lower all the flags so as to be equal. The one flag will fly for the day until 5 p.m. and signify that we treat all our Veterans equally. We greatly appreciate our Veterans' and employees' passion and loyalty for their individual services.

Today, we honor our LGBT Veterans and their service." 

SOURCE: WPTA21