“Our Fundraisers Go the Distance”
During his travels, Richard King stopped by the HFOT headquarters in Taunton, Massachusetts. Here he is pictured with some HFOT staff members.
In 2014, – Richard King a – had a goal: ride a very long way to raise funds and awareness for Homes for Our Troops.On average, Homes for Our Troops has 600 fundraisers hosted a year on its behalf by supporters across the country. These fundraisers come in a variety of events such as bake sales, golf tournaments and poker runs.
Richard King of New Jersey approached Homes for Our Troops in April with an idea to ride solo 10,000 miles across the country to raise money and spread the word about Homes for Our Troops. Starting in early July, Richard set off for his journey from his hometown of Rochelle Park, New Jersey then continuing on to pass through 28 states and stopped in over 100 towns throughout the country.
Richard says his reason for choosing Homes for Our Troops stems from his experience in Vietnam and how he felt a calling to serve and share the burden of those who were drafted. Now he wants to give back to the Veteran community. “When I came across Homes for Our Troops, I was impressed with the really important service they are doing for severely injured Veterans. I was also very impressed with the financial profile and how much percentage goes directly to the program,” he says.
During his journey he was able to meet and become close friends with HFOT Veteran SGT Brian Roberts and his family. He even flew back to Arizona after his trip to speak at SGT Roberts’ Groundbreaking Ceremony and is planning to attend the Key Ceremony. To date, Richard has raised $23,252 toward his goal of $25,000. “The unexpected connection with Brian and his wife and family has been the most rewarding aspect of my journey,” he says.
He continues to advocate for Homes for Our Troops through his website and blog Long Road Home America.