Rolling Thunder® Inc., Florida Chapter 8 (RT FL-8) received its charter in January of 2009 and representes the greater Daytona Beach area of Volusia county. We support veterans, active military and their families and are committed increassing public awareness and the education of the POW-MIA issue. In addition we are active in the community, helping and providing support to the local organizations and activities.
We are also one of the founding partners of the Veteran's Assistance Collation. Organized to allow immediate relief and assistance; to include housing, furnishings, food, clothing, job training and other life sustaining necessities to homeless and otherwise needy veterans. A “one stop” assistance program.
We are an Official Certifying Organization for the "Presidents Volunteer Service Awards Program." This award is one of the highest volunteer awards one can receive for their service, it is awarded on behalf of the sitting president of the United States.
National Chapters: Rolling Thunder® Inc. consist of about 100 chapters across the United States, with over 11,000 members.
The Ride For Freedom: Originally the 1st Amendment Demonstration Ride. Now each year on Memorial Day weekend hundreds of thousands of veterans and non veterans gather in Washington DC to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedom. It is also a demonstration to remind the government and the American people of the 83,000 still unaccounted for, “POW-MIA’s from all wars. It is estimated by the National Park service that nearly 850,000 participated in the 25th anniversary of this Rolling Thunder Inc. event in 2012.
The Ride Home: Held each year on POW-MIA Recognition Day weekend beginning on the 3rd Friday of September. "Honor Release Return" host this special weekend event honoring all former Prisoners Of War and to remember those still Missing In Action. This weekend is called: “The Ride Home”. The goal each year is to invite former POWs and the families of those still missing (MIA’s), offering a weekend of honor and recognition commensurate with their extraordinary courage and valor.
LOCAL CHAPTER EVENTS AND SUPPORT (Not Inclusive List)
Some of our majoy support activities include but are not limited to:
E.L. Bennett, Veterans Nursing Home, Daytona Beach.
Haven Recovery & Transition Centers volusia County Fl.
Ex Prisoners of War, Port Orange Chapter.
Gold Star Mothers and Blue Star Mothers and families.
The Veterans Farm (Jacksonville FL)
Homeless veterans and other local veterans in need.
The Ride For Freedom (Memorial Day weekend Washington DC)
T.A.P.S. Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Annual Salute to Veterans - Seminole Harley Davidson
Annual POW-MIA Golf Tournament
Escorts for the Moving Viet Nam Wall
Local Support our Troop Rallies, deployments and homecomings
Chapter 8 host POW-MIA flag raisings
POW-MIA Missing Man Chair Dedications
Veterans Day parade The Cities of Deland and Holly Hill
Knight out against Crime, (Port Orange)
Veterans Appreciation Day. (Port Orange)
Flag Day Celebration and POW-MIA Flag Raising (Port Orange)
Veterans Remembrance, Candle light vigil (Holly Hill)
Blue Knights 911 Memorial Ride.
Support to the Wounded Warriors Project
The Soldier’s Angels Programs
The Honor Flight
The Veterans Assistance Coalition
JPAC, The Joint Services POW-MIA Accounting Command
Operation Just Cause
Operation Missing Man
Supporting VFW’s American Legions AM Vets, Viet Nam Veterans
The Ride Home - Americas GA.
Other local organizations with similar focused missions
To learn more about Rolling Thunder Fl Chapter 8, what we do and the cause for which we stand, feel free to brouse through this website.