Military Supporters Ride Cross-Country Raising Funds for Hope For The Warriors®

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Two motorcyclists raised awareness for military families, fulfilled Warriors Wishes.

“I am a veteran and I support our military out of patriotic devotion for our country and the men and women who serve,” said Nehlsen. “We chose Hope For The Warriors® based on their team and their commitment and support for our veterans.”

Two military supporters finished a cross-country motorcycle trip called, Ride for Warriors, traveling from Seattle, Washington to New Jersey to support military families. The duo raised more than $45K and logged over 4,344 miles across 14 states to raise funds and support for military families through Hope For The Warriors®, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope to our service members and our military families.

Air Force Veteran Michael Nehlsen and Jeff Molesko finished their cross-country journey, which began in Seattle, WA, on July 1 and finished in Union, New Jersey on July 12, 2015. Nehlsen, a New York native, and Molesko, a New Jersey native, made many stops along the way, including: the Jimi Hendrix Memorial, Mount Rushmore, several national parks, and Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota. The $45K granted the wishes of five military families. Just $5,000 shy of their $50K goal, the team continues to raise funds to fulfill the Wishes of other service members.

Nehlsen and Molesko’s Ride for Warriors raised funds for A Warrior’s Wish®, a program within Hope For The Warriors®. A Warrior's Wish® honors the goals and desires of severely wounded service members, veterans, and their families. Wishes fulfill a desire for a better quality of life, or support a quest for life-gratifying endeavors for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. As of July 2015, Nehlsen and Molesko raised enough funds to grant five Wishes, including equipment for small home-based woodworking businesses for two Marine Corps veterans, and two bicycles for Army veterans who serve as veteran peer mentors.

“I am a veteran and I support our military out of patriotic devotion for our country and the men and women who serve,” said Nehlsen. “We chose Hope For The Warriors® based on their team and their commitment and support for our veterans.”

To learn more about Riding for Warriors, visit Nehlsen’s and Molesko’s fundraising page at hopeforthewarriors.org/riding4warriors.

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Hope For The Warriors® Mission Statement:
We believe those touched by military service can succeed at home by restoring their sense of self, family, and hope. Nationally, Hope For The Warriors® provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.

Hope For The Warriors® has earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org) for four consecutive years. Charity Navigator is an independent organization that evaluates fiscal responsibility and accountability of nonprofits.

Hope For The Warriors® (Federal Tax ID 20-5182295) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity as defined in sections 509(A)(1) and 170(B)(1)(A)(VI) of the Internal Revenue Code. Combined Federal Campaign, CFC #27800.

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