Each November, the Emerald Coast Exchange Club hosts Salute a Veteran at the Armament Museum. This year’s event, on November 14, will feature hundred of flags flying in front of the Armament Museum, each bearing a tag honoring veterans who have served our country and new to this year, thanks to a generous sponsor, Bevilacqua Research Corporation – Chef Dan’s Fuel food truck will be serving complimentary meals to veterans from 11-2, pre-registration required. Come join the patriotic ceremony at 8:00 a.m. , enjoy being outdoors, walk among the flags at the Armament Museum and pick up some great food from our friends at One 20 A Modern Bistro. Stay tuned for more information.
To sponsor a flag:
This fundraiser helps provide scholarships and support the organization’s four programs of service: Americanism, Youth Scholarships, Community Service Projects and the Prevention of Child & Elderly Abuse. Flags are available for sponsorship: Please fill out the form below and mail it with your check to: Emerald Coast Exchange Club, PO Box 2022, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549. If you would like to add a photo, please include it with your submission. Deadline for a request to display a flag is November 1.
Learn how to make Red White and Blue Firecracker Cocktail in honor of our #carecontinues campaign and our week long online auction to provide comfort to our military and veteran families staying at our Fisher House on Eglin AFB. Visit the auction, http://carecontinues.afrogs.org/ and enjoy this cute little video on how to make this cocktail in celebration of our mission.
Each year at our Helping Heroes Gala, Deborah Roberts with AmFund is in the room with us, offering great chance of a lifetime trips that benefit our Fisher House with your travel. With our online auction this year, those same trips are being offered with our long-term partner AmFund and as we know, folks to do business with people they know and trust. Deborah shares this philosophy and created this little greeting so she could be with us virtually.
We love working with her each year and have many of our generous donors who have enjoyed these trips! Click here to HEAR from Deborah.
Mark your calendars for our 2nd annual Props Trot for Troops 5k and after party benefiting Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, hosted by Props Craft Brewery, Run With It and Northwest Florida Track Club! Volunteers needed to aid in parking pre-event and during the run. Complimentary food + your first beer free. Want to run?
All 5k participants receive a t-shirt and if you’re one of the first 250 people, you’ll receive a branded 16 oz. mug! Race begins at 9 AM…. Complimentary food + your first beer free. Volunteer here.
Ryan Hendrickson, a Green Beret who was awarded a Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for valor, has authored a book about his experiences on the battlefield, and Stripes Pub & Grill in Navarre is hosting an October 9 book signing for him.
“Tip of the Spear” is the inspiring true story of Sergeant First Class (SFC) Hendrickson, a US Special Forces soldier who was medically retired after stepping on an IED, and his incredible return to active duty and combat.
The book details Hendrickson, clearing the way for his 12-man team. As the “tip of the spear,” his role was to ensure the route taken by U.S. and Afghan troops are free of IEDs (improvised explosive devices). Many soldiers do not survive their last step; those who do often lose at least one limb.
While rescuing an Afghan soldier outside a mud-hut compound in 2010, knowing that he was in “uncleared” territory, Ryan stepped on an IED with his right foot. The device exploded, leaving his foot dangling at the end of his leg.
American soldiers losing a limb is an all-too-common occurrence. But what makes Ryan’s story different is that after undergoing two dozen surgeries and a tortuous rehabilitation, he was medically retired but fought to return to active duty. Multiple skin grafts to his leg and right foot successfully reattached his lower leg, and he was aided in his recovery by wearing a new prosthetic device known as an IDEO (Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis).
Once he passed a series of crucial physical tests, Ryan was able to rejoin the Green Berets within a year and physically perform his duties, redeploying to Afghanistan in March 2012.
In 2016, he volunteered to return to Afghanistan with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group. During a firefight with the Taliban, he risked his life under heavy enemy fire to rescue three Afghan soldiers cut off from friendly forces and return the bodies of two dead Afghan soldiers under the ethos that “no one gets left behind.” For his heroic efforts on the battlefield, SFC Ryan Hendrickson was awarded a Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for valor.
An engaging and harrowing account, “Tip of the Spear” tells the amazing story of one Green Beret’s indomitable spirit.
The book signing will take place at 6 p.m., Friday, October 9 at Stripes Pub & Grill, located at 1878 Andorra Street in Navarre.