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Warrior Hike mission comes to Rumford
REGION- By the end of today, two Marine Corps Captains and lifetime VFW members, will have roughly 56 more miles to go before they reach East B Hill Road in Andover on Sunday, where a ride will await them for their trip to the local VFW Post 1641 in Rumford. The men are hiking the Appalachian Trail and visiting VFW’s along the way to help raise money for their Warrior Hike mission.
Mark Silvers and Sean Gobin recently returned home from serving in Afghanistan and wanted to make a difference in the lives of wounded veterans by helping to raise funds for those amputees to afford adaptive vehicles.
Their journey began on Springer Mountain in Georgia on March 15 and they are slated to complete their mission on Mount Katahdin on July 29, after a long 2,180-mile hike across 14 states, averaging 100 miles per week.
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Robert Shand Post 1641 in Rumford will be hosting a pot luck meal starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, until the men arrive from the Appalachian Trail. Donations will be greatly appreciated and the VFW will also be hosting a recruitment event for all individuals who might be eligible to join the VFW and the Men’s Auxiliary.
By the time Gobin and Silvers reach the summit of Mount Katahdin, they will have visited 38 separate VFW post fundraisers along the way, with 100-percent of the donations being used to to purchase adaptive vehicles and all donations are tax exempt under Federal EIN 56-2656711. You can make your checks payable to Operation Military Embrace, Inc., ATTN: Warrior Hike, P.O. Box 149, Hockley, TX 77447-0149.
For more information on the Rumford fundraiser, contact Post Commander, Gerald Francis at 369-0302, and for upcoming fundraisers, or to follow Warrior Hike, visit www.warriorhike.com.