Archive for November, 2015

Standing Proud

Monday, November 30th, 2015


Marine Corps groups across the nation have their annual Toys for Tots drive every year at this time. Hundreds of motorcycles at a local organization gathered for their Toys for Tots ride through the central coast of Florida, I felt the need to become a part of it with my bicycle.
Marine Corps sergeant Carelli played a big part in making sure the donation boxes were filled. At ride’s end, all four boxes were overflowing. This was one generous group.

Care Beyond Compare

Sunday, November 29th, 2015


I have visited six of the seven State veterans nursing homes in Florida thus far. One thing is for certain, these veterans are receiving world class care, to which there is no compare.
The veterans are happy, clean, well cared for well fed and live in pristine conditions. This, they most certainly deserve.


Saturday, November 28th, 2015


The moment I pulled in the drive to the K9S for WARRIORS, I could tell this is a first-class operation. This group is doing everything to help veterans who come back to the United States and need a guide dog. Although their facility was closed on this day after Thanksgiving, I will most certainly pay a visit when I come back north through the Saint Augustine, Florida area next spring.


The Need Is Great

Friday, November 27th, 2015


The day began with a visit to the Clara White Mission in Jacksonville, Florida. Breakfast was served to nearly 400 impoverished and homeless individuals. Many of those who came we’re happy to have a warm meal served to them by volunteers who took time from their Thanksgiving day to make this possible. The need is great all across the United States.
A film crew from CBS 47 with reporter Bridgette Matter picked up on the Victory Florida Kindness Tour’s bicycle which I brought in to the facility. It is nice to have the media help to spread this message to veterans and their families.
Later in the afternoon we visited VFW Post 7909 in the Orange Park area of Jacksonville. The officers of this post invited us to have Thanksgiving dinner with their VFW family.
We ended the day by visiting a local cemetery where veterans have been laid to rest and a memorial in the downtown Jacksonville area which honors all veterans from Duval County who paid the ultimate sacrifice

Thankful for Friendships Throughout My Life

Thursday, November 26th, 2015


On this Thanksgiving I look back on all the friendships I am thankful for and look forward to the friendships to come.
My friend Gary Millington is someone I have held in my heart throughout my life. He used to come north to Cleveland, Ohio from Bradenton, Florida to spend a good deal of the summer with his aunt who lived down the street from my boyhood home.
It has been 43 years since I have seen Gary, until yesterday that is. That is the beauty of lifelong friendship, when you can just pick up where you left off decades ago.
Gary and his wife Dorothy invited me into their home to share some memories and thoughts of life over a wonderful meal, lovingly prepared by Dorothy. It certainly won’t be another 43 years before I see him again.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. May you have a life filled with wonderful, cherished friendships.

Florida Secretary of State

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015


The Victory Florida Kindness Tour rolled into Tallahassee yesterday to visit the Museum of Florida History, specifically the WWII display. What an incredible tour of their very informative museum.
Secretary of State, Ken Detzner welcomed us into his office to talk about the impact our ride is having. He is an avid cyclist and he got a really big kick out of my Kindness Bicycle.

Veteran on Board

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015


Friend, James Hill Jr. is a disabled veteran with PTSD. I met him nearly 6 years ago in Fort Pierce, Florida on the Kindness Bus Tour. James joined me in Tampa to travel the remainder of the perimeter of Florida to help me as we connect with veterans, all the while helping himself. It is good for James to be around other military, former and active, helping him with his PTSD. His spirits have lifted since we joined forces on this 27 day journey