"Vetstock", a two-day festival celebrating American Independence, is designed to honor veterans of the American Armed Forces and raise funds to help a severely wounded combat veteran from the war in Afghanistan.
A rodeo, concert bands, food, military displays, raffle and a veteran's motorcycle ride highlight the event, planned for Friday night July 5 and all day Saturday and Saturday night July 6. Vetstock takes place at Malibu Dude Ranch on Foster Hill Road near Milford.
The beneficiary is Marine Corporal David Noblit, of Selingsgrove, PA, who lost both legs and part of an arm in a roadside blast while serving on his second tour in Afghanistan on Oct. 21, 2010. Proceeds will go towards providing the veteran and his young family a new house that is completely modified for handicapped accessibility, to meet his special requirements.
All of the net proceeds raised at Vetstock will be donated to Homes For Our Troops (HFOT), which in turn designates the funds for Cpl. Noblit.
Tom Ryan, a Vietnam veteran and Delaware Township Supervisor, is coordinating Vetstock. He initiated the idea last year, and without any real advertising, saw nearly 1,000 people in attendance at a rodeo at Mailibu in support of veterans. Ryan is enthusiastic that the idea is catching on, to create a special event where all veteran groups and individuals may rally and promote veteran causes.
Ryan was wounded in combat in Vietnam, serving in the U.S. Army, 1st Cavalry. He says he remembers the rejection Vietnam veterans felt when they returned to the United States. Rage against an unpopular war was vented against those who served.
Yet politics has nothing to do with it, Ryan states. As a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, he said they have pledged to not let any veterans feel alone. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a living reality for legions of vets, include Ryan, who said he suffers from it daily, over 40 years later.
There are many good programs offered to veterans through the Veterans Administration (VA), he noted, but not all vets reach out or are aware of what is available to them. Their families may not be aware. Information on veterans' benefits will be available at Vetstock.
Vetstock's net proceeds are benefitting this one Marine who has given so much, Ryan noted, yet there are many more like him. He pointed out that in wars past, including in the Vietnam era, wounded service members were a lot less likely to survive. Through major advancement in medical science, wounded veterans are much more likely to come home, yet can face great difficulties on the road ahead.
Ryan stated that one of the principal hopes of hosting Vetstock is that the festival will help raise public awareness to the needs and sacrifice of our veterans.
Page 2 of 3 - American Legion Post 139, Milford, and the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) are major partners in Vetstock.
Ryan said that Cpl. Nolbit is expected to attend the event. A full scale escort and welcome are being planned on Friday. A motorcycle ride organized by the Pike County chapters of the Warriors' Watch, the Combat Veteran's Motorcycle Association (CVMA) and the Pike County American Legion Post 139 will be escorting him from Selingsgrove to Milford. Other veterans' biker groups are expected to join in along the way.
HFOT is a national non-profit, non-partisan 501 (c)(3) organization founded in 2004 that assists severely injured veterans and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials, and professional labor and to coordinate the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.
The whole schedule of events and more information are available online at www.vetstockusa.com. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (570)828-8675, or visit the official Facebook page at facebook.com/vetstockusa.
VETSTOCK ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
First prize in the Vetstock 2013 raffle is a Henry custom military commemorative rifle. Second prize is a Rossi lever action 45 caliber rifle. Tickets are available at American Legion Post 139, Guns and Gold, Life Behind Bars, Malibu Dude Ranch, Milford Diner or at Vetstock2013@gmail.com.
Events are at Malibu Dude Ranch, 351 Foster Hill Road, outside Milford, unless otherwise indicated. From Route 6 West Harford Street in Milford, take 7th Street which becomes Foster Hill Road.
Ticket prices for either the live concert or the rodeo are as follows: $15 per adult, $10 per child age 12 and under (under 4, free). Seating is limited to 2,000 at Malibu Dude Ranch.
Vendors are welcome to participate.
Friday July 5
Starting at 5 p.m.
• 6:15 p.m. Opening Ceremonies begin with the 82nd Airborne Honor Guard in the Malibu Ranch Arena.
• 7 p.m. Able Hands perform bluegrass country music
Joe Bayer Band country western concert
• 9 p.m. Side FX performs at the after-concert party
Saturday July 6
• 9 a.m. Warrior Watch veterans' biker group begins staging for an escorted ride to Matamoras Veterans Memorial Park and Educational Center for a Department of Defense certified wreath laying ceremony.
• 10 a.m. Kick Stand up Warrior Watch takes the lead with Sheriff Phil Bueki and the Pike County Sheriffs Department, joined by Dave Maderia " The Talker " 94.3 fm.
• 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. American Legion Post 139 opens its door to the public and the Huey Helicopter.
• 11:30 a.m. DJ Music all day on the Pool Deck,vendors, military displays, cowboy shooting exhibitions, Veteran Assistance and support teams. The Rodeo Ticket booth will be open all day to pre-purchase your tickets for the Malibu Dude Ranch Rodeo.
Page 3 of 3 - • 1 to 3:30 p.m. Parting Glass will be in the Saloon with Irish Folk Music
• 6:15 p.m. Opening Ceremonies with the Monroe County Joint Veterans Honor Guard
• 7 p.m. Malibu Dude Ranch Sanctioned Rodeo
• 9 p.m. After-party begins.
The Pike County Bar Association, the Joe Bayer Band, Chant Realty, Ehrhardt's Waterfront Resort and Restaurant, Pike County Commissioners Rich Caridi and Matt Osterberg, Wayne Bank, American Legion Post 311, Kelly Gaughan Esq., the Milford Diner, the Law Offices of Galasso, Kimleer & Muir, P.C., Charles Kannebecker, Esq., VFW Mountain Laurel Post #8612, Delaware Tire & Auto Center, The Niki Jones Agency, David Madeira of "The Talker" on 94.3, Bold Gold Media Group, and Pocono 96.7.