Newmar Partners with Tents for Troops

Nappanee, Indiana-based Newmar Corporation announced a new partnership that will allow them to show their appreciation for the brave men and women enlisted in the nation’s armed forces, a press release from the organization stated.

tentsfortroopsFor every coach retailed in 2015, Newmar will make a contribution to Tents for Troops (T4T), an organization that works with campgrounds and RV parks throughout the United States and Canada to provide free accommodations to active military members.

Tents for Troops was founded about five years ago. They are a network of RV parks located across 47 states, each committed to providing free RV and tent camping sites for active military members and their families.

Although they go by the name Tents for Troops, the majority of those who use the program are young military families traveling by RV. In fact, around 80 percent of these families have one or two children, according to a news release.

At this time T4T has just under 300 Parks in their network, and will soon be adding 14 parks in Canada.

“Tents for Troops invites RV Manufactures, RV Dealers and Industry Suppliers of all sizes to join the program, any contribution large or small will truly make a difference,” said Charlie Curry, founder of Tents for Troops.

“RV dealers can donate for new units sold or both new and used and would have the opportunity to ask retail customers if they wanted to donate $1 when they purchase an RV as well. Both OEM’s and RV dealers can encourage each other to participate, and OEM’s and dealers can encourage suppliers to do the same.”

Newmar-factory-toursThe program is 100 percent voluntary and 100 percent free.

Troops never pay to stay at parks, and the designated parks never pay any fees or dues to be involved with Tents for Troops. It is a feel- good, pay-it-forward type of program, the release stated. T4T asks parks to offer two free tent or RV sites for a two-night stay.

“We’re honored to partner with Tents for Troops in their effort to help our military personnel enjoy the RV lifestyle,” said Matt Miller, President of Newmar.

“We appreciate all that the Armed Forces do for this country, without them we would not enjoy the freedom that we all take for granted. Many thanks to Charlie Curry for his efforts, so that the military personnel can enjoy the same lifestyle that we all enjoy.”

Details

Tents for Troops

TentsForTroopsIconAs a very small way of saying “Thank You” for all of the hard work and sacrifices men and women in the military make, campgrounds and RV parks around the nation offer free camping for active military.

Phone: (360) 274-7915

Website: www.tentsfortroops.org

Newmar Corp

NEWMAR: When You Know The Difference

Newmar Corp image001Established in 1968 Newmar is an innovator and leader in the RV manufacturing industry and recognized for its excellence in quality.

Newmar Corp is privately owned and has a dealer network that spans across the United States and Canada.

Newmar Corp is located at 355 N. Delaware Street, Nappanee, Indiana.

Newmar Corp currently manufactures Class A gas motorhomes (Bay Star Sport, Bay Star, and Canyon Star), Class A diesel motorhomes (Ventana LE, Ventana, and Dutch Star), and luxury Class A diesel motorhomes (Mountain Aire, London Aire, Essex, and King Aire).

Address: 355 N. Delaware Street, PO Box 30, Nappanee, Indiana 46550-0030

Phone: (800) 860-0086

Website: www.newmarcorp.com

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Do every act of your life as if it were your last.

—Marcus Aurelius

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Arizona State Parks Employ Homeless Veterans as Rangers

A program that has been launched in Arizona, working in partnership with a host of public and private agencies, is putting homeless veterans to work.

Army veteran Carlos Garcia now working as a park ranger for Arizona State Parks.
Army veteran Carlos Garcia now working as a park ranger for Arizona State Parks.

The program is called the Arizona Action Plan to End Homelessness Among Veterans.

Employing the veterans is a great thing as to them, it is more than just a job; it’s a second chance in life. So many veterans, after giving their service and risking their lives for their country, are left unemployed and sometimes homeless, living on the streets, on their return home.

Under the program Army veteran Carlos Garcia is working as an Arizona State Park Ranger. He is now earning $12 an hour and has a home in a FEMA trailer.

According to Garcia, this has really changed his life and boosted his morale. He says he was out of work for two years and got into some trouble, but now he is so glad to be working again.

The pilot program has placed four veterans, including Garcia, as park rangers, working and living in Dead Horse Ranch State Park, in Cottonwood.

So far, Garcia has saved money, lost twenty-five pounds, and has even reconnected with his family.

Army veteran Carlos Garcia now working as a park ranger for Arizona State Parks.
Army veteran Carlos Garcia now working as a park ranger for Arizona State Parks.

He says it has helped him out a lot emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically and is grateful for the “awesome opportunity and a great experience” of being in the employ of the Arizona State Parks.

The executive director of Arizona’s State Parks Bryan Martyn, himself an Air Force veteran who flew special ops, said taxpayers get a good deal when the state hires veterans.

“I know the skill sets the veterans have,” Martyn told the media.

“I know they can do this job.”

Martyn added that he wanted to help the homeless veterans after hearing a staggering statistic one morning on the radio going to work. He heard that the suicide rate for veterans was up to around 22 a day, a shocking figure. On hearing that he brought it up at an executive staff meeting that morning and said that they have to do something about it.

According to Martyn, he is trying to give the veterans a skill and allow them to get their lives back together. It would also allow the vets to have something to put on their resume “other than kicking in doors or driving tanks,” he said.

He added that they work with the Veterans Affairs to ensure that counseling services are available and apparently the VA has been providing a follow-up service and is checking on the guys.

Martyn’s boss, Gov. Jan Brewer, says helping veterans provide for themselves is the least taxpayers can do.

Brewer started the wider program, and encouraged agencies like Martyn’s to get involved.

“Few things are more important than properly caring for those Americans who have put themselves in harm’s way to protect our way of life and defend our nation from enemies. Through their selfless actions, our veterans have earned the respect and gratitude of all who have benefited from their honorable service,” Brewer wrote in a recent Op-Ed.

arizona state parks logo“Unfortunately, some in our veteran community seem to have fallen through the cracks.

For far too long, homeless veterans have been deprived of the comforts and security that most of us take for granted — blessings, ironically, that they themselves faced injury and death to secure for their fellow citizens.

“That there are veterans living in misery on the streets of America has long been a source of shame. It is a grave disservice to the men and women who have bravely served us.

“That ends now.

“In Arizona, we are working together to erase the scourge of homelessness among our state’s veterans.”

Worth Pondering…

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

—Michael Jordan

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Camping World Flies Massive American Flags to Honor Veterans

Camping World and Good Sam announces a new project to install massive American flags at various Camping World SuperCenters across the country to honor veterans.

Camping World flag in Lubbock, Texas
Camping World flag in Lubbock, Texas

The enormous flags are 30-by-60-feet or 40-by-80-feet, depending on zoning regulations, and the poles are 130 feet tall. In many cases these will be the largest flying American flags in the surrounding area.

“Our company places extreme pride and value on our country and its veterans. A large percentage of our employees and also customers are veterans, and we want to honor them, their dedication to our country and to our local communities,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam, in a news release.

“By making this proud statement, our goal is to bring local communities together in celebration of everything that has been accomplished by veterans for our country.”

Camping World stores welcome veterans and the local community to attend the formal flag raising ceremony at supercenters that install the American flags. Employees are demonstrating their pride and excitement by going a step further to personalize the ceremonious procedure, such as having employees sign the gold ball topper on the flag pole, said Lemonis.

By flying these American flags, Lemonis explained that Camping World undertakes large responsibility, as the costly flags will require a great amount of work and maintenance, such as bringing flags in during severe weather and performing consistent examinations for rips and tears.

In many instances, flag responsibilities will be designated to a specific employee to ensure the supercenter stays on top of flag upkeep, he added.

Camping World SuperCenters in Tucson, Arizona; New Braunfels, Texas; Jacksonville, Florida; Redding, California; and Lubbock, Texas; are among the first locations to display the larger American flags.

Upcoming locations that are slated to raise these flags include Mesa, Arizona; Coburg, Oregon; Ocala, Florida; Valencia, California Meridian, Idaho; and Lake Park, Georgia.

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Camping World & Good Sam

Camping World Good SamBoth founded in 1966, Camping World is America’s #1 source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance, and repair; and Good Sam is the world’s largest RV owners organization offering helpful technical tips, vacation planning, extended warranty, magazine subscriptions, roadside assistance, and more to serve the outdoor enthusiast.

Partnered together, Camping World and Good Sam offer more to those who love the RV lifestyle by offering one-stop shopping and resources for everything RV and outdoors.

Camping World features over 10,000 quality products located at over 100 SuperCenters nationwide, easy online and catalog shopping as well as stocking a wide selection of new and used trailers and motorhomes from top RV manufacturers.

Good Sam members receive cost-saving benefits and services, plus loads of valuable RV information and travel tips to get you ready for your next adventure.

Additionally, Good Sam represents more than 1,500 local RV chapters designed to bring RVers together from similar geographic regions for group camping excursions.

Camping World is the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ in addition to the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR®.

Websites: campingworld.com and goodsam.com

Worth Pondering…

Arguably the best slogan ever written to describe the RV lifestyle comes to mind: Wherever you go, you’re always at home. We have much to be thankful for, including our great RV lifestyle…

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Vets Roll 4 Launches 2013 Tour

Vets Roll 4, a project launched by RV Dealer Mark Finnegan, with Finnegan’s RV Center, will soon take a group of World War II and Korean-era soldiers and “Rosie the Riveters” to Washington, D.C., to view the various war memorials.

VetsRoll-LogoVeterans from more than eight states will join this year’s caravan of 10 Badger Prevost motorcoaches.

The group leaves Beloit Eclipse Center at 5 a.m. Sunday, May 19 and is expected to arrive in the Washington area the evening of May 20.

While in Washington, the group will visit Arlington National Cemetery, the Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, and the Korean War Memorial.

The group returns to a hero’s welcome May 22 around 9:15 p.m. that is expected to attract more than 10,000 people, said Finnegan.

More than 100 volunteers are signed on to support the 200 veterans during the trip.

Matthew Miller, the president of Newmar, has lent his personal Newmar Ventana to serve as the official escort RV.

4The successful tours have resulted in considerable attention for the Vets Roll group, including:

2013 – Illinois Governor’s Award, Illinois Senate Commendation, Illinois House of Representatives Commendation

2012 – Wisconsin State Legislature Commendation, Daughters of the American Revolution recognition, American Red Cross Heroes Award, City of Hagerstown, Maryland, proclamation, and Janesville Gazette Headliners recognition.

2011 – Beloit Daily News Laurence A. Raymer Headliner Award, American Legion commendation, City of Hagerstown, Maryland, proclamation.

2010 – Rocky County Board of Supervisors Recognition Award and City of Beloit Commendation

Honor, Sacrifice, Commitment

War Memorials in Washington, D.C. were built as tributes to the service and the ultimate sacrifice of America’s Veterans.

VetsRoll believe it is vitally important for every WWII and Korean Era Veteran and “Rosie the Riveter” to have the chance to visit and experience THEIR memorials.

Their aim is to give them the long overdue gift of thanks and memories that will fill their hearts, for the incredible sacrifices they made in the name of Freedom so many years ago.

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Vets Roll, Inc.

VetsRoll, Inc., is a Wisconsin-based non-profit organization launched by RV dealers John and Mark Finnegan to annually transport World War II and Korean era veterans and ‘Rosie-the-Riveters’ on a four-day, no cost journey to visit their memorials in Washington, D.C.

For more information about Vets Roll, including links to make a donation or purchase merchandise.

Address: 1777 Gardner Street, South Beloit, IL  61080

Phone: (800) 383-2267

Website: vetsroll.org

Newmar Corporation

2013 Newmar Ventana: Vets Roll 4 mothership
2013 Newmar Ventana: Vets Roll 4 mothership

Established in 1968, Newmar is an innovator and leader in the RV manufacturing industry and recognized nationally for its excellence in quality.

Newmar is privately owned and has a dealer network that spans across the United States and Canada.

Address: 355 N. Delaware Street, PO Box 30, Nappanee, Indiana 46550-0030

Phone: (800) 860-0086

Website: newmarcorp.com

Worth Pondering…

My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place—police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces.
—Sidney Sheldon

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Newmar Support VetsRoll 4 Tour

Vets Roll, an organization created by RV dealer Mark Finnegan, owner of Finnegan’s RV Center, announces that Matthew Miller and Newmar Corporation will once again provide the media/pilot coach for the VetsRoll 4 tour that takes place May 19 to 22.

VetsRoll-LogoNewmar Corp also partnered with VetsRoll in May 2012.

Vets Roll was established to transport World War II and Korean era veterans and “Rosie-the-Riveters” to Washington, D.C., at zero cost to the participants so they can see the memorials erected in their honor, Finnegan explained.

“We currently have 200 veterans and Rosies scheduled to take this trip along with 100 assistants, including approximately 35 medical professionals,” he explained.

The caravan leaves Beloit, Wisconsin, at 5:14 a.m. May 19 and returns at approximately 9:15 p.m. May 22. The caravan include 10 56-passenger Prevost charter coaches from Badger Coaches in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as the Newmar coach and a wheelchair lift support van from Badger.

“We will have at least four pre- and post-trip coaches picking up veterans May 18 and returning them home May 23,” said Finnegan, who noted veterans from Wisconsin, Illinois, Indian, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Missouri, and Washington will make this year’s trip.

The agenda includes the following stops:

May 19 – Tour of the National Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio, with an overnight stop at the Crown Plaza Hotel in downtown Dayton

May 20 – Travel to Hagerstown, Maryland, with two overnight stays at the Clarion Suites in Hagerstown

1 (1)May 21 – Touring the war memorials in Washington, D.C., including the Iwo Jima, Korean, Lincoln, Vietnam, World War II memorials as well as Arlington Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

May 22 – Convoy back to Beloit, Wisconsin, with state police escorts where the veterans will be honored with a massive welcome home parade and a huge fireworks display

“I am very excited to hear how much the Miller family, like the Finnegan family, appreciates the sacrifices of American veterans and how so many of those senior veterans have helped to build the RV industry over the decades,” said Finnegan.

To make a tax deductible donation to the project, e-mail Finnegan at mark@vetsroll.org or send a check to Vets Roll, 1777 Gardner Street, South Beloit, IL 61080.

Details

VetsRoll.org

Mission: To provide the safe ground transportation and an enjoyable experience for
World War II and Korean Era US Military Veterans and “Rosie-the- Riveters” to visit THEIR war memorials (and other related sights) in and around Washington, DC, as soon as possible.

4Address: 1777 Gardner Street, South Beloit, IL  61080

Phone: (800) 383-2267

Website: vetsroll.org

Newmar Corporation

Established in 1968, Newmar is an innovator and leader in the RV manufacturing industry and recognized nationally for its excellence in quality.

Newmar is privately owned and has a dealer network that spans across the United States and Canada.

Address: 355 N. Delaware Street, PO Box 30, Nappanee, Indiana 46550-0030

Phone: (800) 860-0086

Website: newmarcorp.com

Worth Pondering…

My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place—police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces.
—Sidney Sheldon

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Starcraft Sponsors Long Road Home Project

Topeka, Indiana-based Starcraft RV is sponsoring the Long Road Home Project, an event in which five U.S. veterans bike 4,200 miles for 90 days across the country,

On Sunday, July 15, these military heroes begin their summer-long bike ride from Aberdeen, Washington through 12 states to the Nation’s Capital to raise money and awareness for other veterans in need of services in the long road to transitioning back to civilian life.

The veterans are raising money to fund their three-month journey and also plan to donate additional funds raised to Operation First Response, a non-profit that serves our Wounded Heroes with personal and financial needs.

These veterans, most all having served in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, face hardships in their lives due to injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the struggle to raise awareness about the difficult military experience. Their goal is to bring awareness to the hardship faced by veterans, particularly following their service to the country and the adjustments of returning home.

Through this journey, the Long Road Home Project also hopes to raise $75,000 to ease the transition of returning soldiers and help veterans live full, meaningful lives.

Starcraft RV, a division of Jayco Inc., is donating the use of a Travel Star 285FB travel trailer that will accompany the riders and those who are aiding them as they cross the country, according to a news release.

The Travel Star travel trailer spans a length of 28 feet and offers spacious interior space, sleeping up to six people. This trailer will allow the veterans on the Long Road Home Project journey the chance to recuperate and relax after their long days biking across our nation to achieve their goal.

According to their website the Long Road Home Project has three stated goals:

First, to give our veteran cyclists the opportunity to use the healing power of long-distance cycling to overcome their own war-related injuries

Second, to draw national attention to the fact that 100,000s of service men and women often face considerable challenges when returning home

Third, to raise money for direct-service veterans’ charities

The Long Road Home Project was started by Casey Miller, a civilian, as a way to help veterans with their transitions home.

It’s estimated that since 2001, more than 50,000 veterans have been wounded, while there are more than 270,000 veterans who may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The VA estimates that a veteran takes his or her own life every 80 minutes — 6,500 suicides per year. That’s 20 percent of all suicides in the United States.

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Long Road Home Project

The Long Road Home Project is raising $75,000 to cover food, lodging, and filming related expenses for their trip.  A percentage of funds raised beyond their goal will be donated to Operation First Response, a non-profit dedicated to providing financial assistance to our Wounded Heroes of all branches of the military in times of hardship.

Long Road Home Project Route

Website: longroadhomeproject.com

Starcraft RV

With headquarters re-established in Topeka, Indiana, in the heart of Amish country, Starcraft RV manufactures and markets towable RVs under the Starcraft, Centennial, AR-ONE, Travel Star, Autumn Ridge, Lexion, and Lexion S-Lite brand names.

Mailing Address: 903 South Main Street, P.O. Box 460, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (800) 945-4787 (toll free)

Website: starcraftrv.com

Worth Pondering…

The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.”
—Alan Ashley-Pitt

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Newmar Partners with Vets Roll

Nappanee, Indiana-based Newmar Corp. will partner with VetsRoll.org to help honor America’s war veterans by lending a Ventana 4337 diesel motorhome from May 20-23, 2012 to use as the pilot vehicle for the 10 Prevost charter coaches filled with veterans and support staff traveling to Washington, DC.

President of VetsRoll.org Mark Finnegan and his family—owners of Finnegan’s RV Center, Inc. in South Beloit, Illinois, since 1969—will pilot the Newmar Ventana.

VetsRoll.org is a program which has raised funds since 2010 to charter buses to take World War II veterans and “Rosie the Riveters” (the ladies who entered the workforce during the way to allow factories to continue running) to experience their memorials.

The VetsRoll tour will depart Sunday, May 20 from Beloit, Wisconsin, at 5:59 a.m. with up to 200 veterans.

The 2012 tour consists of:

  • Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania
  • Iwo Jima Marine Memorial
  • Korean, Viet Nam, and Lincoln Memorials
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Tomb of The Unknown Soldier
  • World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.
Newmar Lending Motorhome to Vets Roll Tour

“It is truly a privilege to provide Vets Roll with my personal motorhome for use as a command center to assist with organizing their trip to Washington D.C.”, said Matt Miller president of Newmar Corp.

“Honoring these veterans of our great nation, who have served as far back as World War II, on their trip to our nation’s capital is tremendous. I’m glad to be a part of this event in some small way.”

The mission of VetsRoll.org is to give veterans the gift of thanks and memories for the incredible sacrifices that they made in the name of freedom so many years ago, said Finnegan.

Details

VetsRoll.org

Address: 1777 Gardner Street, South Beloit, IL  61080

Phone: (800) 383-2267

Website: vetsroll.org

Newmar Corporation

Established in 1968, Newmar is an innovator and leader in the RV manufacturing industry and recognized nationally for its excellence in quality.

Newmar is privately owned and has a dealer network that spans across the United States and Canada.

Address: 355 N. Delaware Street, PO Box 30, Nappanee, Indiana 46550-0030

Phone: (800) 860-0086

Website: newmarcorp.com

Worth Pondering…

My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place—police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces.
—Sidney Sheldon

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