Rock Our Vets – NEWS

          

ARE YOU READY????

For the 3rd annual Firewatch Festival?         Check it out.

The 3rd annual Fire Watch Festival is on September 22, 2018

  

www.firewatchfestival.com

 

 

2018 JULY

Rock Our Vets set up at American Legion Post 310 in Little Ferry for the Legion Rider’s open house

2018 JULY

Rock Our Vets presented a $1000.00 to Forrest Elliott. ROV did a fundraiser for a troop that was in the Middle East in need of bug spray and personal items. Rock Our Vets offered to match your donations. Thank you to everyone who donated. We raised $480.00 I throw in $20 of my own to make it 500.00 and the charity put up the other 500.00. Without you, we would not be able to accomplish all the things we do. I am proud to see so many people step up with donations and you should be proud too. Thank you again for all your support.

2018 JULY

A Letter from Walter Bradley

2018 JULY

Rock Our Vets was out at the Fair Lawn Fireworks Promoting Firewatch Festival

 

2018 JUNE

Got a call from Catholic Charities. They were in need of men’s boxer for their Veteran’s Closet.

Rock Our Vets responded with 150 pair of boxers

 

 

2018 JUNE

Being “The Boss”

Actually, I am nothing without my team

THANK YOU

 

2018 JUNE

Trace Adkins & ROV Together

 

2018 JUNE

Stomp In The Swamp at the Meadowlands

    

 

JUNE 2018

Spoke With NJ State Police Motorcycle Squad About Rock Our Vets

  

 

2018 June

I want to share a very cool story with everyone. A while back I had sold an autographed guitar to someone at a show. He said, "I am just going to donate it to another charity for them to auction off". We did the deal and I never heard from him again. Today, I got this message on my phone. I will paraphrase. I donated the guitar like I told you at a charity golf outing dinner. The guitar went up for auction and shortly narrowed down to 2 people in a bidding war. It continued until the one gentleman reach his limit. The other made the next and final bid winning the guitar. Once we had the guitar in his hand, he walked to the other bidder and gave it to him. The gentleman who reached his limit and thought he lost, took the guitar home as a gift from the other. 
The name of the owner of the guitar is Rob O'Neill.  I knew that name immediately....do you? Here is a picture of Rob with the guitar.                                                                   Thank You for you service and a job well done.

2018 June

Rock Our Vets w/ Trace Adkins

 

 

2018 June

Rock Our Vets at the Fair Lawn Street Fair

    

 

2018 June

The 3rd annual Fire Watch Festival is on September 22, 2018

Check It Out and be part of the Outreach Fair.

www.firewatchfestival.com

Attn: Veteran related service businesses

or Veteran owned businesses

 

 

2018 June

Fort Myers, Florida

Rock our vets sent 2 laptop computers Florida Gulf Coast University,

Institute for Entrepreneurship for 2 veterans that are starting their own businesses.

2018 May

Rock Our Vets Volunteer Mackenzie Meyers

Signs On The Dotted Line With The US NAVY

2018 May

MTHS Armed Forces Appreciation Day

2018 May

Rock Our Vets was there for the widow and family of A Pennsylvania Veteran killed in a motorcycle accident recently.

He leaves behind a wife and 2 daughters, one of which has special needs and also a baby on the way. God Bless this family.

    

2018 May

Fair Lawn, NJ Memorial Day Parade

              

      

 

 

2018 MAY

Laptops for Vets Program

 

2018 MAY

Stomp in the Swamp at the Meadowlands Race Track

Rock Our Vets has been once again selected as the charity of choice

 

 

 

           

 

 

 

2018 April

Laptops for Vets Program

 

2018 April

Benefit Concert Hidden Figures

 

 

 

 

 

The benefit for Rock Our Vets in April 22 at the English Neighborhood Reformed Church was a huge success. We have a long list of Thank You’s to all who made this event happen. A big Thank You from everyone at ROV goes out to Pastor Arlene and her husband Ron for opening up their doors and helping out with everything for the event. We would like to thank Cynthia Aybar for hosting and organizing the entire event from concept to completion. The Hidden Figures Band for not only playing an afternoon full of great music, but for choosing ROV as the charity of choice for the event. On a side note, the guys in Hidden Figures are some of the nicest all around people I have met in quite a while. I would definitely recommend them for your next house party, backyard BBQ or just about any event. Such a variety of music from the 50’s til now and it all sounded great. I want to thank the unsung heroes. The member of the congregation of ENRC, who came to show support. The family and friends of Rock Our Vets & Hidden Figures who came out for the cause. And last but not least, I will just call them “The Ridgefield Crew”. A group of 30-40 friends that have been together forever it seems. Some of us for over 50 years. Thank You for coming, donating, helping out, cleaning up. This really was a wonderful event from beginning to end. I wish I could express how much I appreciate all of you for doing this for my charity. I have always been the do’er. It is my happiness to be that way. It is very hard for me to be on the receiving end. It feels wonderful, I wish I could express it better in words. With that said, all of you have given me an extra push to go out and give more people in need, the feeling that you have given to me. THANK YOU ALL .   TED

 

2018 April

Laptops for Vets Program

2018 MARCH

Shoes and Clothing Donations

 

2018 MARCH

Mens Clothing Donations

 

2018 MARCH

Cookies &  Clothing Donations

 

2018 MARCH

Blankets & Sheets Donations

 

2018 February

Toiletries, Blankets & Shoes Donations

 

2018 February

Clothing Donations

 

2018 January

Clothing Donations

 

2018 January

Clothing Donations

 

 

2017 DECEMBER

A CHRISTMAS STORY

http://www.legiontown.org/ownwords/4791/rock-our-vets

 

January 31, 2018

“ROCK OUR VETS”
By John R. Bodin III
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is John R. Bodin III and I'm a retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant, with 31 years of service (primarily as an infantryman and paratrooper). Recently, I had the unfortunate experience of falling on hard times, with regard to my financial status. In short, I was unemployed, and couldn't pay my rent. Which meant that I was facing the prospect of becoming just another homeless veteran. (It’s sad to think that, currently, there are over 49,000 homeless veterans across this once great nation.) At that point, I contacted Mr. A.J. Luna, the Director of the Bergen County Veterans Services, in Hackensack, New Jersey, to see what assistance he could render. He, in turn, referred me to a couple of agencies, which, as it turns out, would require a ton of paperwork, and a copy of an eviction notice, before they could offer any assistance. Unfortunately, I hadn't yet been served with an eviction notice; and waiting for one, before I could receive any help, was akin to having a truck hit me first. Realizing the severity of my situation, Mr. Luna instructed me to contact a Mr. Ted Knapp, the Director of an organization called, “Rock Our Vets,” and gave me his phone number. Upon contacting Mr. Knapp, he invited me to meet with him at his home that evening, and bring a copy of my military discharge form (DD-214), along with the name and address of my landlord. During my meeting with Mr. Knapp, (which lasted only about 15 minutes), I explained my situation to him. After listening to my predicament, Mr. Knapp immediately wrote out a check to my landlord and gave it to me; thus, preventing me from becoming another homeless veteran. (I must admit that, I was shocked at how quickly he responded to my plight.) Being a college graduate with a degree in journalism; I decided to research Mr. Knapp and his organization, and what I discovered was that Rock Our Vets is a nationwide “all-volunteer,” 501(c)3 certified non-profit organization, which was founded in October of 2015, by Ted Knapp & DveMason (of Rock Music fame). It should be noted that, this organization is comprised of a number of famous rock musicians and vocalists, who support this cause. Artists such as: Rick Derringer, Kip Winger, Johnne Sambataro, Pat Travers, Phil McCormack (of Molly Hatchet), Mark Stein & Vince Martell (of Vanilla Fudge), the Doobie Brothers, Franke Previte, Bobby Messano, John Ford, Mark Farner, and the list goes on.
The organization’s mission is to provide for any veteran in crisis and their family, with whatever needs to be done. Their focus is on a variety of veteran related issues. The first being, the issue surrounding the extremely high rate of suicides among our veterans; at a current alarming rate of 22 per day. (The Suicide Hotline is: 1 800 273-TALK [8255], then press 1 for veterans.) Rock Our Vets is also involved in supplying food, clothing and the basic needs to our veterans and their families. And, aside from taking care of their basic needs; they're also providing laptop computers to veterans for their civilian careers or educational pursuits. What's more, they've also expanded their mission to include assisting the families of fallen Police Officers and Firefighters. Finally, their core belief is that: Our veterans need to be taken care of upon their separation from the military. This also applies to our fallen Police Officers and Firefighters, who are also out there protecting us and putting their lives on the line to keep us all safe. Their motto is: “Doing Whatever Needs To be Done For Our Veterans.” (Note: Your clothing, food [canned goods, non-perishable], and monetary contributions to this worthwhile, charitable organization, are welcome and greatly appreciated—and, best of all, tax deductible!)

The contact information for this organization is listed below:
Rock Our Vets: 501(c)3 Military, Police & Fire Charity Foundation
Mr. Ted Knapp, Founder & Executive Director
2075 91st Street, Unit 2
North Bergen, New Jersey 07047
Phone #: 1 (732) 674-2860
Email: info@RockOurVets.org or Ted@RockOurVets.org Website: www.RockOurVets.org

 

About the author:
Please allow me to introduce myself; my name is John R. Bodin III, and I have been a member of The American Legion for the past 25 years. As for my background: Originally, I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (South America). My mother was Brazilian (she's now American), and my father was an American businessman (French Cajun, from Louisiana - now deceased); hence, I have both, U.S. & Brazilian citizenship. And, since arriving in the U.S., at the age of seven, I was raised in both, New Jersey and Illinois. While a resident of Illinois; I attended the College of DuPage (COD), where I received a degree in Journalism (under the Vietnam-Era Veteran’s Program), with additional studies in both, political science, and mass-media communications. Currently, I’m a retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant, with 31+ years of service (between 1975 and 2013); where I served in the capacity of a: Paratroop-Commando: Team member of a specialized elite unit, involved in unconventional military operations throughout the globe. (For a period time, while serving as a paratroop-commando, I was also attached to the French Foreign Legion as a military adviser.) Military Intelligence Interrogator & Analyst: Tasked with validating the accuracy of MI information. Drill Instructor: Tasked with training new recruits in both, basic and advanced combat skills. Infantry Company First Sergeant: In charge of 180 combat troops (four rifle platoons). PAD News Journalist & Assistant Editor: I was a staff writer, photographer, and assistant editor, assigned to the 139th Public Affairs Detachment (PAD military press). My responsibilities included, not only editing and coordinating the news articles, which were being submitted to several military and civilian publications; but also, to conduct press conferences, so as to brief the civilian media on current military issues, activities, and operations. (I held that position from June 1988 until January of 1995.) Senior Chief Instructor: At the U.S. Army’s Noncommissioned Officer Academy, located at Ft. Dix, N.J.; where I taught both, basic and advanced college-level NCO courses on combat leadership, infantry tactics, as well as, the U.S. Military’s current rules of engagement, and the laws pertaining to land warfare under the Geneva Conventions.

 

 

2017 December

Clothing Donations

 

 

2017 November

      

 

2017 November

Clothing Donations

 

      

DONATIONS IN FROM BELLA ARTE                                    DONATIONS OUT TO THE

TATTOO IN FAIRFIELD                                                    CATHOLIC CHARITIES

 

 

2017 OCTOBER

      

 

2017 SEPTEMBER

Firewatch Festival – Veterans Outreach Fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

2017 SEPTEMBER

 

 

2017 JUNE

Furniture For A Veteran In Need

2017 MAY

Blessing Bag Program

    

2017 MAY

Stomp in the Swamp at the Meadowland Race Track

Rock Our Vets has been selected as the charity of choice

  

 

  

 

  

 

2017 April

Blessing Bag Program

    

 

2017 March

Blessing Bag Program

  

   

2017 February

Shoes and Toiletries Going Out

 

2017 January

Thanks to Vin for donating his time and talent

      

 

 

2016 November

Clothing Donations

 

 

2016

Firewatch Festival – Veterans Outreach Fair

  

Eric Meyers, Mackenzie Meyers, George & Eileen Herberger

 

 

2016 LAPTOPS FOR VETS PROGRAMS

2016 clothing Donations

To Project Help

 

 

        

 

2016 Clothing Donations

To Bergen County Veterans Affairs

 

2016

Rock Our Vets Information Video

 

 

Hanging with the POW’s of Florida

 

On the Reagan Air Craft Carrier

    

Lunch at the Naval Academy

 

                          

 

Laptops For Veterans Program

   

    

 

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