Rolling Thunder® Inc., Florida Chapter 8: Since chartered in January 2009, we have been representing the greater Daytona Beach area of Volusia County, supporting veterans, active military and their families. Raising public awareness and the education of the POW-MIA issue. In addition we are active in the community providing support to other local veteran focused and charatable organizations.
We are an Official Certifying Organization for the "Presidents Volunteer Service Awards Program." This award is one of the highest awards one can receive for volunteer service. It is awarded through the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The Council, was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make in our communities and to encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor committed service-minded Americans.
We are one of the founding partners of the Veteran's Assistance Collation. A 501(c)3, organized to help homeless veterans and their families. Working with the VA and the Salvation Army to get them off the streets into a place they can call home. The "VAC" also helps with furnishings and other life sustaining necessities.
: National Chapters :
Rolling Thunder® Inc. consist of about 100 chapters across the United States, with approximately 11,000 members.
: The Ride For Freedom :
Originally the 1st Amendment Demonstration Ride. 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 Americans of the 83,000 still unaccounted for from all wars. “POW-MIA’s. The National Park service estimetes; nearly 850,000 participated in the 25th anniversary of this Rolling Thunder Inc. event in 2012. Each year the participation grows stronger.
: Local Chapter Events And Support :
Major support activities include: (list not inclusive)
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. 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.
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 Volusia and Flagler Counties.
The Veterans Farm (Jacksonville FL)
Homeless veterans and other local veterans in need.
T.A.P.S. Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Annual Salute to Veterans (Chapter Event)
Annual POW-MIA Golf Tournament (Chapter Event)
Escorts for the Moving Viet Nam Wall
Local Support our Troop Rallies, deployments and homecomings
POW-MIA Flag Raisings and Missing Man Table Ceremonies
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)
911 Memorial Ride.
Support to the Wounded Warriors Project
The Soldier’s Angels Programs
The Honor Flight
Wreaths Across America
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 and 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.