Who we are!!
Riding For Our Veterans was created in the summer of 2014 by founders Larry and Becky Oster. Larry, a veteran himself saw that veterans and service members need assistant from time to time for various needs. While planning the first benefit Larry's own brother came down with a rare form of cancer. Efforts changed to help Larry's brother, a retired veteran, with medical expenses. The first benefit called Ride For My Brother, took place in Aug. of 2014. Larry lost his brother in Oct. 2014.
With the show of support from the area community's and with the help of some fellow veterans and friends, Riding For Our Veterans Inc. a non-profit organization was formed and gained its 501,c,3 status in the summer of 2015. The second annual benefit was held in Oct 2015 raising money for Generations of Heroes Ranch, a ranch that helps veterans with PTSD and TBI. We also raised money for VFW post #1773 to be placed in their service fund to help other veterans in need.
The future of Riding For Our Veterans is to continue helping local veterans and veteran organizations through fund raising events. We are working with local agencies to assist with veterans or service members in need. We are also active in researching veteran organizations that aid veterans. In the future we are also looking at starting a scholarship program for children of veterans to ease the burden on the vets and to help provide a better life for their children through continuing education.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU: You can rest assured that the money you donate goes to veterans. No one at Riding For Our Veterans gets paid. All money collected "minus expenses" goes to help veterans and veteran organizations. Some of the veteran organizations that we have helped in 2017 are the VFW and American Legion of Chillicothe , MO., When the Yellow Ribbon Fades Missouri Joining Forces of Jefferson City , MO., Hugs from Home of Gallatin, MO. and 2 Love Community Support and Equine Assisted Programs of Lathrop, MO. We are constantly researching other veteran organizations to help, but Riding For Our Veterans doesn't just help veteran organizations, we also strive to help local veterans or service members that need a hand up not a hand out.