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On September 26, Army Veteran Norby Lara was recognized by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, ASPS, at their national convention in Los Angeles, as their nationally selected recipient of the PATIENTS OF COURAGE award. This award is granted to the wounded veteran who has recovered and gone on in his life to give back to his community. Norby has spent the last several years honoring his fallen warriors with bridges and highways named after those who did not come home. Norby was seriously wounded in June of 04 when an RPG struck the humvee he was riding in, his right arm was severed and he suffered extentsive abdominal and lung injuries. He is shown here with Dr. Norman Leaf, Medical Director of RAW, and the doctor who submitted Norby's name to the ASPS for this recognition.

 


RAW is proud to announce that Army veteran Norbie Lara, wounded in Iraq in 2004 resulting in the loss of his right arm as well as major lung and abdominal wounds, has been selected by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as one of three Patients of Courage and will be honored at their September 23rd Opening Ceremonies of their yearly convention in Los Angeles. Norbie was selected on the basis of his Triumph Over Adversity and the charitable actions he has taken that have positively influenced lives around him. Norbie has been the incentive for a bridge being named after a fallen hero as well as a highway. He is active in building veteran suicide awareness and Operation Enduring Warrior Athlete. Norbie is a member of the RAW family in that he has received two reconstructive surgeries by RAW's surgeons. Congratulations Norbie.

 

 


 

On June 2nd, 2016, Maggie Lockridge, Pres. of RAW, met with Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald.  The meeting was arranged by Congressman Raul Ruiz.  It is RAW's hope that the outcome will be the referral to RAW and it's plastic surgeons of all wounded veterans suffering disfiguring wound sites.  The VA is excellent with structural and functional surgical reconstruction but is limited on its number of experienced plastic surgeons.  This would be an agreement based on national V.A. involvement.

 


 

Open House for the Beverly Hills Dental Laboratory, Sam Alawie owner. Sam's new office is 8000 sq ft and has Beverly Hills at its feet. Sam and his technicians make all of the prosthetic teeth for RAW's wounded veterans nationwide. RAW is deeply indebted to him

 

Pictured is Ron Fairly, RAW Board of Directors, Sam Alawie, Maggie Lockridge and RAW volunteer dentist Dr Larry Rifkin.

 


 

 

RANGE DAY Fundraiser! On April 16th, 2016 Ron Przybylski , owner of the Ronski CHL Course in Waxahachie,TX sponsored RANGE DAY in honor of RAW.  Over 80 attended this range shooting event and over $2300.00 was raised for RAW's mission.

 

 


 

Maggie Lockridge, President of RAW, met General David Petraeus at the Desert Forum Townhall held in March of 2016 at the Esmerelda Hotel, Indian Wells, CA.  General Petraeus was the primary speaker that evening and discussed the high and low points of the Iraq war

 


 

In February RAW was the recipient of a welcome donation from NAPE, Americas's largest oil and gas marketing association. (announcement below)   NAPE sponsored the two day expo at which RAW presented a booth to build awareness of its Mission. The exhibit is attended by 60,000 people annually so many brochures were handed out.  Mayor Rudy Giuliani was a special guest of this event and is pictured below with RAW's Board of Director member Ron Fairly and Maggie Lockridge RN, President.

 

 


 

February 20 was RAW's Night of Honor. Veteran Bryan Andersonwas the honoree and the event was attended by many former RAW recipients, emceed by former Dodger first base man and RAW Director, Ron Fairly. Many celebrities and Military "stars" were in attendance including Lt. Col Danny McKnight and Gen Earl Halston and the grand finale was a performance by the Gatlin Bros band. The night was featured next day by a full page report in the Desert Sun. Click here for more highlights!


 

On February 11, 2016, Rebuilding America's Warriors received a $75,000.00 donation from NAPE, the world's largest international marketplace for the oil and gas industry.   There were 11,000 attendees at this SUMMIT meeting held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston TX.  Each year three organizations whose Mission is to better the lives of America's veterans are selected as recipients of this generous gift.  Pictured is RAW Board of Director's member Ron Fairly and RAW President and Founder, Maggie Lockridge RN.


On December 17th RAW was presented with a Grant from The Allergan Foundation during a Christmas Party at Allergan's Irvine headquarters.  It was presented by Gwyn Grenrock, Executive Director of the Foundation, over 1200 were in attendance with full Color Guard.  Paul McQuigg, Veteran U.S. Marine Corps, and a RAW warrior, also attended with his wife, Holly.

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RAW was the recipient of funds raised by a 5K Run For RAW  held by the Altavita community in Riverside, CA

It was sponsored by Debbie Gregory of Military Connection and Kay Conway of Altavita. (Pictured at upper left) Over 100 runners participated including LyVell Gipson, upper left, on right)) , a friend of RAW and veteran of the Iraq war. 

The run was held in the Altavita Community and had runners from the ages of 4 to  84.  Number 449 won the race. Everyone finished the race and enjoyed a pancake breakfast and awards ceremony. 

 


 

 

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers will celebrate their 60th Anniversary Celebration with a special appearance at RAW's A NIGHT OF HONOR on Feb. 20th, 2016.   They have been dazzling audiences since 1955,  had eight #1 songs and were initiated into the Grand Ole Opry.  Larry, Steve and Rudy still touch the lives of fans from eight to eighty.


 

Doctor Gerald Crouch  DDS MAGD,  of San Antonio, submitted RAW as a recipient of a donation offered yearly by the Academy of General Dentistry in San Antonio, TX.  Dr. Crouch provided  dental restoration to two of RAW's veterans infected with a bacteria that destroyed their teeth while deployed to Iraq.  His services were pro-bono to our veterans and altered the paths of their lives.  Dr. Crouch is shown accepting a check in the amount of $1,500.00 on RAW's behalf at a monthly meeting.

 


 

On April 11th, 2015, Georgia and Matt Blits organized an event titled RANGE DAY held at an outdoor shooting range in Waxahazhie, TX, a small town near Dallas. Matt is an Army Veteran who experienced dental problems while stationed in Iraq, he received dental restoration from Dr. David Wilhite, a RAW volunteer dentist. For $10 the attendees enjoyed a day of shooting. Auction items were also donated by local businesses and over $2,100.00 was raised for RAW. Thank you Georgia and Matt, RAW salutes you


On May 21, 2015 Apria Healthcare held a Memorial Day Picnic for its employees in Nature Park adjacent to it's Lake Forest headquarters. Each year they select a wounded veteran and his/her family to honor. This year RAW Marine wounded veteran Paul McQuigg was honored and received the proceeds of the day's raffle. A check for $2,543.00 was presented to him. The picnic included a rocking D.J., terrific food, and a raffle with items ranging from TV sets to $200 credit cards. Tickets were sold for $1.00 and, obviously, over 2500 were sold. The skies were blue, the attendees feasted, and the McQuiggs honored throughout the event. Maggie Lockridge, RAW President, and Ron Fairly, RAW Board of Directors also attended.


Ron Fairly, Board of Directors member of RAW, at the 50th reunion of the Dodger's World Series win in 1965.  That's Ron the right standing in front of his Sports Illustrated cover. Ron played for the Dodgers for ten years and then was a Sports Announcer for a 50 year career in baseball.  He played in four World Series, winning three.


Cpl. Keith Nepsa was killed while serving in the Army in 2007 in Iraq. His mother, Michele Nepsa, keeps his memory alive each year by holding a Ride For Pride.  This year marked their 6th ride with hundreds of motorcycles taking part including Rolling Thunder. The event begins with a Veteran's Service conducted by Rolling Thunder, a huge breakfast, a Patriotic Ride For Pride, and a hearty dinner.  R.A.W. was one of the recipients of the funds raised. A check in the amount of $6,800.00 was presented to RAW in Keith's memory.  Thank you, Michele.


Dr. David Wilhite , a RAW volunteer dentist having provided dental restoration to 29 veterans,  is shown accepting a donation to RAW from J. Alton Brown, Commander on the right, and Horace E. Schroeder, Legionnaire of the American Legion Post 53 in Dallas, on the left. The presentation took place in Dr. Wilhite's office in Plano, TX

Chesnos Golf Tournament On August 16th,2014,  Frank and Kathie Chesnos held the Chesnos Invitational at the Eagle Bend Country Club in Bigfork MT for the purpose of raising funds for RAW.  It was a three day event starting with a dinner on Thursday evening, trip up Glacier Mtn. on Fri., dinner on Fri. night, breakfast on Saturday morning followed by the tournament on Sat. afternoon.  The dinners were given by members of the Desert Horizon Country Club in Indian Wells as over 15 couples travel to Bigfork for the summer.  Attending the event was wounded RAW warrior Norbie Lara who played a very competitive 18 holes and all players started their cart's engines in the rain.  The sun soon shone and the prizes were presented at a dinner attended by over 180 people.  Retired Marine General Don Humphrey, Retired  Arrmy General Paul Vallery, and retired Air Force General Tip Clark all attended to support RAW.   The support shown RAW by the people of the community, the warmth of their welcome, and the $50,000.00 raised,  had the attending RAW Board Members Maggie Lockridge and Ron Fairly, deeply moved.

(Photos: Right at top, participants in 70 carts lead off the tournament. Below, left: Ron Fairly, Dodger, Announcer, and Raw Board Member, talks to retired Army General Paul Vallery. Below, right: Retired Marine General Don Humphrey visits with RAW Warrior Norbie Lara, and Ron Fairly
 
Briar Patch Golf Tournament
RAW was the recipient of funds raised at the 4th Annual Briar Patch Golf Tournament sponsored by Ron Michelson, owner of the Briar Patch Smoke Shop in Sacramento.  It was held on June 16th, 2014 at the Teal Bend Golf Club, over $7,000 was raised to help our wounded.  RAW is deeply grateful to Ron as he has raised over $30,000 over the years to provide the reconstructive surgical procedures that RAW's 343 volunteer surgeons perform.  Thank you Ron, and all the players that participated and made this such a successful event.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mike Boetcher, ABC News Journalist,  at a private screening held at the Oakley auditorium and sponsored by Infinite Hero.  Mike was the M.C. for a film called HORNETS NEST,  a documentary that he had made while covering the war in Iraq including footage never shown before. 


On July 6th, 2014 RAW wounded warrior Tony Lino, his wife Melissa, and daughter Madison were invited by the Infinite Hero Foundation to throw out the first pitch at the Los Angeles Angels home game against the Houston Astros.  They also received a VIP tour of the stadium. Tony threw a great pitch and the Angels won 6-1. 



 On May 22nd, 2014 Apria Healthcare of Lake Forest, CA held a Memorial Day Barbeque for their employees. Each year Apria honors America's military and its veterans.  RAW was contacted by Laurie Baker, Director of Infinite Hero and a friend of Apria, requesting that a RAW warrior be recommended.  RAW referred Marine Veteran Tony Lino and his wife, Melissa, to participate as Apria's special guests along with their two year old daughter, Madison. It was held in beautiful Nature Park on the corporate grounds and attended by several hundred employees.  Terrific food, music, conversation, and raffle prizes, along with an impressive patriotic decor, sparked the event.

Each year the honored veteran receives the proceeds of the raffle and this year Tony was presented with a check for $2,700.00.  R.A.W.'s representatives were Maggie Lockridge R.N., President,  and Ron Fairly, Board of Directors.  Apria made everyone feel welcome and Tony was asked to submit a resume to the firm. Now, that's a very successful event. 


In Nov. of 2012, Meg Ladner was the guest of a special event held yearly in Midland TX for wounded warriors. She was there with her veteran husband, Shane Ladner. They were seated on top of a flatbed in a parade with  dozens of others when a train collided with the flatbed that had been stopped,  straddling  the tracks. Meg's leg was lost at the hip, four others were killed and 16 wounded.

R.A.W. with the fundraising abilities of David Griffin, CEO Griffin Petroleum of Midland, were able to raise the funds for Meg to receive a new leg.  Her civilian status and lack of sufficient insurance had prevented Meg from obtaining one.  R.A.W. is proud to state that the generous businesses of Midland accepted David's request and sufficient donations were raised in six weeks time.  Meg will be up and walking within the month.


Rebuilding America's Warriors is delighted to announce that Ron Fairly has been appointed to R.A.W.'s Board of Directors.  Ron played professional baseball for twenty years with the Dodgers, Cardinals, and Mariners, playing in four World Series and winning three. He then joined the world of broadcasting  for TV and radio with the Seattle Mariners.  As a veteran of the U.S. Army, Ron has always supported our military and veterans.  For the past two years he has provided valuable support to R.A.W., attending functions, raising donations, and providing our wounded with autographed baseballs from members of the Hall of Fame and legends of the past.  At right is Ron with one of BMAC's warriors at the RAW Barbeque hosted by Brooke Army Medical Center. Thank you, Ron, your involvement is greatly appreciated.


Zach took a sniper bullet to his lower jaw in June of 2011 while deployed to Afghanistan.  The military did a commendable job in repairing his lower jaw which was pretty much blown away.  Although still hospitalized by the military, Zach has been referred out of service to one of R.A.W.'s surgeons at John's Hopkins in Baltimore.  He will begin his reconstructive surgeries on April 10th, 2014. Zach is one of six children and his mother, Linda, will be at his side.

 


BAMC Barbeque On April 11th, 2014 R.A.W. in conjunction with the the 2nd Battalion 8th Regiment of Fort Hood and Helping Hometown Heroes, sponsored a barbecue at Brooke Army Medical Center BAMC, in San Antonio, TX.  Gailyn Addis flew in from Las Vegas to impersonate Marilyn Monroe and entertain our troops.  She has also been with R.A.W. at the Mologne House at Walter Reed and Bethesda Hospital in MD.  She is always an instant success. There was music, autographed baseballs and other items for a raffle, and the finest barbecue that Texas can provide.  Over 200 wounded warriors attended. Fort Hood sends 60 of their finest cavalry to help serve the wounded.

Left: RAW warrior Aaron Kimes, Maggie Lockridge, RN Founder, Bobby Henline, comedienne. Right: Gailyn Addis as Marilyn Monroe and very happy BAMC Warrior


DENTAL RESTORATIONS The veterans on right represent just a few of the 15 veterans whose teeth Dr. David Wilhite and his office manger wife, Nancy, have treated in the past year.  From a few decayed teeth to full mouth extraction and dentures, whatever the need requires, Dr. Wilhite and his team provide. Dr. Wilhite has far surpassed any expectations that R.A.W. has of it's volunteer surgeons or dentists. These men all suffer from an infection/organism  that causes massive decay and destroys their teeth.  All served in Iraq or Afghanistan and are located around the city of Plano, TX.  They became aware of Rebuilding America's Warriors when Byron Harris, an ABC journalist, did an investigative documentary of this dental problem in Feb. of 2013 that aired on WFAA in Dallas.  The military is not addressing it.  The veteran's teeth are turning yellow, thinning, becoming porous, turn brown, and break off at the gum line.   The results are pain, inability to chew, weight loss, won't smile, and relationships suffer.  R.A.W. is now creating dental teams around the country to address this massive problem.  R.A.W. has also written every U.S. Senator informing them of this problem without receiving a single response. (Read more about the wonderful work of Dr. David Wilhite below.)


R.A.W. SUPPORTS HUNT FOR HEROES IN MIDLAND, TEXAS On November 21st, 2013 RAW attended the Hunt for Heroes event sponsored yearly by Show of Support in Midland, TX.  Twenty veterans and their wives were brought in from around the country, honored at a dinner in the local armory attended by 800 military and civilians, given a beautiful rifle, presented with gifts from local businesses,  and taken on a hunt in the Texas wilderness.
 

Last year four veterans were killed while riding on a flatbed truck that was hit by a train while stopped on tracks in the events parade.  It was a tragedy for the entire community. A plaque in memorial for the victims is pictured, right.
 
The guest speaker was
Rusty Bradley, US Army Special Ops soldier for the past 20 years with eight tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Rusty wrote the book Lions of Kandahar and is a "no holes barred" speaker on patriotism, current military times, and not an advocate of political correctness.
 
General Bob Hollingsworth and General Bob Magnus, previous Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, were also speakers.
General Bob Magnus is pictured at right, (seated wearing brown suit), surrounded by Marines, retired and active.




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Cameron Thompson Executive V.P. West Zone, Debby Morris Executive V. P., CFO, Marine Veteran Tony Lino, Dan Starck CEO, Navy Veteran Melissa Lino

 


Meg Ladner.injured in Midland, TX in 2012. Fundraising and donations from Midland businesses allowed her to receive a new leg, picture on (right)


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Maggie Lockridge, Col. Hale, Sgt. Arrendo, Dr. Norman Leaf, Ron Fairly

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The warriors below are just a few of the many who are suffering unusual tooth decay and loss after serving in Iraq and/or Afghanistan

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Former Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Bob Magnus sits at table, center, surrounded by marines at Hunt For Heroes

 

JeffreyMartinDavidWilhite Above, left, Dr. David Wilhite treats veteran Brian Holt. Right, Marine Jeffrey Martin shares a heart-felt thanks for the assistance of another dentist, Dr. Rick Coker of Austin Texas. 

The above picture is a display board originated by Dr. Wilhite's veterans to thank him for the dental restoration they are receiving. Below, before and after pics of Spec E4 Matthew Blits

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DENTIST PROVIDES DENTAL RESTORATION TO 9 VETERANS R.A.W.  commends Dr. David Wilhite of Plano, Texas and his wife Nancy, pictured below with their children and grandchildren.  Dr. Wilhite, assisted by his office manager and wife, Nancy, have become heroes to nine veterans who suffered complete dental decay after their tour in Iraq.

Dr. Wilhite viewed the documentary filmed by national investigative reporter Byron Harris, regarding the massive dental problems being suffered by our veterans after their deployments.  Byron traveled the country talking to various veterans and filmed a two part documentary on the problem that aired on WFAA TV in Dallas in Feb. of 2013.  Once aired --and within 48 hours-- R.A.W. was contacted by nine more veterans from the Dallas area alone, who were experiencing dental decay of 50 to 100% of their teeth. Dr. Wilhite has provided well over $125,000.00 in donated services to our veterans. At right, center, is a bulletin board assembled by recipients of Dr. Wilhites donated services.

At right is one of Dr. Wilhite's recent beneficiaries, veteran Matthew Blits, Spec. E4, who served two tours in Ramadi and Baghdad, Iraq, in field artillery. He lives in Dallas and after viewing the WFAA clip, he was referred to RAW and eventually to Dr. David Wilhite. In the course of the next few months, his life was changed.

RAW RECEIVES $100,000.00 GRANT

On October 28th R.A.W. was honored with a grant of $100,000.00 by the Infinite Hero Foundation of Lake Forest, CA. Infinite Hero is directed by Laurie Baker, the foundation’s president is Colin Baden who is also the CEO of Oakley, Inc.  These funds are to go directly to the surgical/dental procedures that R.A.W’s surgeons and dentists provide our veterans. Oakley’s sunglasses are known throughout the world and infinitely so by our military.  Many wounded veterans have informed Maggie Lockridge, Founder of R.A.W., that if it weren’t for their Oakleys they would have lost their eyesight. 

R.A.W. is proud of this association,  Infinite Hero's mission is to address the most critical mental and physical challenges facing our returning military veterans,  a direct correlation to R.A.W.'s mission. With the help of this grant,  R.A.W. will be a major source of service to our wounded in 2014.  Thank you, Infinite Hero.

 

R.A.W. GOES TO BROOK ARMY MEDICAL CENTER

On September 6, 2013, R.A.W. attended a facility wide barbecue held for our wounded warriors at Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX.  The sponsors were the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry of Fort Hood, TX and Helping Hometown Heroes of  Woodbine, MD.  R.A.W. was an invited guest and able to promote awareness as to our mission's services.  Hundreds of brochures were passed out and Tee Shirts and caps given away.  The R.A.W. embroidered desert camo cap was a HUGE success. 

There were over 100 members of the 8th Cavalry brought in to help with the barbecue and serve the wounded.  Their handsome black cavalry hats lent much to the occasion.

Maggie Lockridge, R.A.W. Founder (above), meets Aaron Kimes, R.A.W. veteran, for the first time.  Veteran Kimes underwent major abdominal scar revision a few months prior and drove 3 hours to meet Maggie.  

A Purple Heart Ceremony was held that morning in a garden patio with numerous flags and a large Purple Heart mosaic in the center.  This patio is dedicated to this ceremony and provides a patriotic theme that  paid homage to the dignity of the occasion.  A young man who had lost his leg in battle was being awarded his medal by the base commander,
several ranking officers were in attendance and proper appreciation was expressed to this young warrior.  We felt honored to be in attendance.

BAMC BARBECUE FOR SPRING 2014

R.A.W. is planning a major event to be held at the Brook Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX,  in May of 2014.  R.A.W. was the guest of such an event this past year and plans to be the primary sponsor in 2014 in conjunction with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry of Fort Hood, TX. and Helping Hometown Heros of Woodbine, Maryland, whose Founder is Rosita Underwood, R.A.W.'s east coast Warrior Ambassador. 

BAMC boasts an incredible Warrior and Family Support Center, a perfect location for an event.  Covered and open tables, flat grassy area,  huge barbecue facilities.  This center provides our wounded with every conceivable service for personal needs to entertainment.   They were such responsive, warm, inviting hosts this year and we look forward to working with them again.

IRAQ VETERANS EXPERIENCING DEVASTATING DENTAL DECAY

For the past several months R.A.W. has been approached by dozens of veterans experiencing massive dental decay.  They had all served in Iraq, their first symptoms presenting within 6-12 months of deployment.

Teeth would begin to yellow, crack, become porous, turn brown at the base and break off at the gum line.  Exposed roots were sensitive to hot and cold, very painful, and without their teeth, they were unable to chew.  Weight was lost,  they would not smile,  PTSD and depression deepened,  relationships suffered, some resulting in separation and divorce. Because they would not smile job interviews did not go well.  It had a spiraling effect.

R.A.W. learned that our military and government were aware of this condition and blaming it on contaminated water, meth mouth, acid reflux, dry mouth, and poor oral hygiene.  Research discovered that opiates, not methamphetamines, were available to our warriors on the front.  All veterans denied drug use.  Acid reflux generally affects the front teeth only and contaminated water would have affected the whole body as well as the teeth. Perhaps dry mouth and lack of brushing contributed somewhat but not to the extent of decay that is presenting. 

R.A.W. has had to vigorously approach the dental profession to help these young men and women.  Since most veterans require full extraction and dentures anchored by implants, a volunteer dentist has to provide several 2-3 hour appointments,  coordinate his services with oral surgeons, and endodontists, and follow through for an additional 2-3 months of fittings etc. It is an extremely timely and expensive undertaking for a dentist.. 

Iraq/Afghanistan veterans experiencing dental problems are encouraged to contact VAERS  (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System ) Ph:  800 822 7967  or www.vaers.hhs.gov.  VAERS is a safety surveillance program that collects information about adverse events that occur after the administration of vaccines licensed in the U.S. 

 

1st Sgt. Anthony Rives of the 8th Cavalry (right)  won an Ipad in the event's raffle.  He subsequently gave it to wounded warrior SPC Edwin Gonzalez (picture left).

 

 
 

 

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