Last Friday flags were waved in Seal Beach as a Marine by the name of Rob Jones cycled past cheering crowds. This Marine has been on a very special mission to raise awareness and funds for charities that helped him with his recovery. You see Rob Jones lost both legs while serving in Afghanistan in 2010 and has been cycling across the United States with prosthetic limbs. His southern California route took him through Long Beach to Dana Point onward to Camp Pendleton. Biking such distances is no easy task for even the most seasoned cyclist let alone someone using prosthetics.
"Choosing the northeast to southwest route across the country because it posed the most difficult challenge, he has braved fierce headwinds in Colorado that blew him off his bike. He skidded and fell on black ice in Missouri. He biked straight over the Rockies and Monarch Pass in the dead of winter." Source OC Register By ERIKA I. RITCHIE / STAFF WRITER
A true hero he has overcome challenges we can only imagine and continues to push himself in order to help his fellow comrades.
It also goes to show how important rehabilitation centers for wounded soldiers are. These centers not only give the severely wounded their mobility back, but they encourage theses war veterans to challenge themselves and give them hope to return to a normal, fulfilling life.
When I learned about a new campaign by CK Mondavi to raise funds for the Intrepid Fallen Hero I was intrigued and wanted to learn more about how they help veterans and their families. In January of 2007 the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund completed construction of a $55 million world-class physical rehabilitation center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas to assist disabled veterans to regain mobility. The center announced in March of 2014 that the third in a series of nine National Intrepid Center of Excellence Satellite Centers is moving towards completion. Through donations more such centers can be built and thereby offer much needed help to the multitude of disabled veterans.
CK Mondavi is run by the legendary Napa Valley wine icon, Peter Mondavi Sr., a World War II veteran. Established in the 1940s, the company has produced many fine wines and to this day remains a family- owned business that has thrived for four generations. CK Mondavi is the only American made/grown wine in the "supermarket wine under $10" category and is sold nationwide in every US state.
The company is donating a percentage of each wine bottle sold between May - August to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes (up to $50,000). I had never heard of The Intrepid Fallen Heroes and learned that the Fund (IFHF), is an organization that supports men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. Begun in 2000 and established as an independent not-for-profit organization in 2003, the Fund has provided close to $150 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. Funded entirely by public donations, the Fund completed construction of the Center for the Intrepid in 2007, a $55 million world-class state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Center serves military personnel who have been catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and veterans severely injured in other operations and in the normal performance of their duties. The 60,000 square foot Center provides ample space and facilities for the rehabilitation needs of the patients and their caregivers. It includes modern physical rehabilitation equipment and extensive indoor and outdoor facilities. For more information, visit www.fallenheroesfund.org.
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Supporting these heroes is a wonderful way for us non-military folks to repay the debt we owe to our veterans for the sacrifices they have made in service to our nation.
Why not raise a glass of Mondavi wine to Our Veterans for not only a good cause but most importantly to thank our war veterans and their families for their sacrifices that give us our daily freedoms as we know them!
“Please comment below to share your own story about supporting veterans and/or American-made products. I will select ONE reader to be entered into CK Mondavi’s grand prize drawing by May 15. The grand prize is a $500 donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in the winner’s name!”