Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation Ride for Independence

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Patriot Guard and Associates:

I hope you will once again come out to support the Fieldco Guide Dog Foundations “Ride for Independence” on Sunday July 15th in Bloomfield (see flyer attached) and PGR will once again have our booth there as a vendor.

There is a great day planned with registration opening at 9:00am, including:
* police escorted motorcycle ride through beautiful north central Connecticut

* delicious BBQ lunch prepared by “Black Eyed Sally’s”
* 3 live bands
* 2 police K-9 demonstrations
* 50/50 raffle
* silent auction

Fidelco client and American hero, TSgt Matt Slaydon, USAF, EOD (Ret), and his guide dog “Legend” will be flying in from Phoenix, AZ, to participate in the ride as a Grand Marshal. Matt volunteered for three tours of duty in Iraq serving as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician (EOD). He was blinded and severely wounded while disarming his 100th IED in Kirkuk, Iraq – a bomb that contained over 15 lbs of TNT. He lost his eyes and left arm, and suffered many other devastating injuries. Matt actually went into cardiac arrest three times in the evac helicopter, but it just wasn’t his time back then. Since being partnered with “Legend” in 2010, thanks to supporters like you, Matt has regained his sense of independence and freedom.

Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman will participate in the opening ceremony to thank the riders for their support of Fidelco’s mission. Lt. Gov. Wyman has long recognized the selfless sacrifices made by our nation’s military men and women – active and wounded. Lt. Gov. Wyman is a strong supporter of our country’s Armed Forces and has worked tirelessly to create the Wall of Honor tribute at the State Capitol for Connecticut military men and women who lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Gregg “Flag 7” Barratt
Patriot Guard Riders
Connecticut State Captain