The American Legion Riders of Cicero Chapter 341 are at it again, this time raising awareness and funds for suicide prevention in partnership with Wish for our Heroes at the Warrior Ride 2017.
The morning began with a stick-to-your-ribs, biscuits and gravy breakfast and 50/50 raffles, proceeds to Wish for our Heroes. More than 120 riders registered and participated.
“It’s about raising awareness and support for suicide prevention, more than 20 will happen today while were on this ride,” said Legion Rider Dave Baughman of Cicero Post 341, referring to the latest studies from the Department of Veterans Affairs. “If we can somehow make a difference today for them then it’s all worth it.”
The veterans of Cicero are active with plenty of support from the local community. Chapter 341 raised more than $4,500 for Operation Comfort Warriors at their 2nd Annual Battle Ride this summer.
“It’s all about being a part of the team, a brotherhood and sisterhood of the four branches of service,” Post 341 member Jennifer Blueher. “I encourage those veterans who aren’t involved to come out and get involved. These people are phenomenal, it’s all one big family and we all take care of each other.”
Riders from Auburn, Sheraton, Carmel, Fishers and Post 341 rode from Cicero to Fairmont, Greentown, Sheraton and concluded at Post 341.
Wish for our Heroes representatives Eric and Ellen Banschbach were there to raise awareness, part of September Suicide Prevention Month.
“We encourage all veterans to pick up the phone and call someone you know who may be struggling,” said Eric. “Don’t Facebook them, don’t text them, call. Let them know you care, it could mean all the difference in the world.
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