November Karma: Folds of Honor

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A decorated F-16 fighter pilot, returning home to Oklahoma from his second tour of duty in Iraq, Major Dan Rooney had a life-altering encounter which compelled him to assist military families in need when a loved one is killed or wounded:

“As his flight landed, the pilot announced they carried the remains of Corporal Brock Bucklin on board, asking all passengers to respectfully remain seated while his casket deboarded.

Major Rooney watched as Corporal Bucklin’s twin brother walked somberly alongside the flag-covered casket to meet his family. Among them was the deceased Corporal’s young son, Jacob. Major Rooney ached as he thought of his own wife and little girls. Seeing the other side of war through the eyes of Jacob, was life-altering.

Sadly, over half the passengers had disregarded the pilot’s request and deboarded. Major Rooney decided he had to do something. Not only would he pay tribute to American soldiers and their families, he would live as a reminder among civilians that it is our duty to honor the sacrifices of those who preserve the freedoms we so easily take for granted.

Major Rooney committed to spend his life changing the future of America’s grieving spouses and children. In 2007, he formed the Folds of Honor Foundation; a 501C-3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to the families of these heroic Americans.”

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   Folds of Honor aims to provide educational scolarships to families who suffer for their loved one’s service in the military.  In a little over a year {since April 2015} they’ve been able to provide over 7,500 scholarships. We hope to help grow that number.

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We at Grit Cycle can’t think of a more exceptional cause than taking care of our military’s families. It is an honor for us to give back to those who already give us their ultimate sacrifice: time away from their family and sometimes ultimately their own lives.

Please join us for the month of November as we honor our nation’s bravest with Karma Rides for Folds of Honor.

Weds 11/9 at 4:15 with Katie

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Weds 11/30 at 4:15 with Dani + Kaitlin

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If you are unable to ride with us you can still donate at the front desk.

In gratitude,

Grit Cycle.

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