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“If you’re ever in San Antonio, look me up,” said the young veteran. He’s not a typical young man launching into life, but an extraordinary example of bravery in action. He’s J.R. Martinez – a wounded veteran, a national spokesman, an American hero.

That simple invitation was to spark a national event. A motorcycle journey across 1600 miles … a rolling tribute to military veterans severely wounded in the cause of freedom. A journey to salute America’s heroes – and you can be part of it.

It all started when J.R. Martinez, a severely wounded veteran, attended the RE/MAX International Convention in Orlando this spring, where he spoke of the mission of the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes. Although he was suffering in body, his spirit was undaunted.

Three of us from RE/MAX Premier in the nation’s capital area – David Harbour, Jeff Lubell and me – sought out J.R.. Although facing long months of surgery and rehabilitation at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, he inspired us through his vision, his courage, and a maturity beyond his 22 years.

When we left, he gave each of us a coin from his unit – a sign of brotherhood – and told us, “If you’re ever in San Antonio, look me up.”

Within days we had decided to take him up on his offer – and the idea for The Ride for America’s Patriots was born. We would leave from the nation’s capital area to San Antonio, in a rolling tribute to raise awareness and funds to help those who had sacrificed for us.

Soon we were joined by our good friend Bob Loy, a retired army lieutenant colonel and a Viet Nam vet … and more riders are being added as we go along. We’ve each pledged to raise at least $5,000 for the cause.

We’re coming, J.R. And we’re bringing support from across America with us.

Our first annual ride to San Antonio to a big success. We raised over $28,000 in total. Please help us to raise money and awareness on a second annual ride to Fort Drum, NY. We are departing Northern Virginia on Sunday May 20th, 2007, passing through the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, on our way to Fort Drum, NY, home of the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division. We are eternally grateful for the sacrifice and patriotism of our men and women in uniform    

– Tom Donegan, RE/MAX Premier, Virginia


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