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WINTER RIDE

Our very own Chairman and Co-Founder braved the winter weather and successfully rode his motorcycle over 5,400 miles in December to raise much needed funds for NHH.  Thanks to all who donated and supported him during his winter trek across America.

Sean left Nashville on the brisk morning of December 3rd, 2014 and rode Natchez Trace all the way to Jackson, MS and then head West to Monroe, LA.  Over the next two days he rode across great state of Texas, all the way to El Paso.  The El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau was kind enough to provide Sean a complimentary room to rest from a long day’s ride across West Texas.  Over the course of the next two day’s Sean drive to Southern California, where he stayed with The Studenmunds, a Special Forces Gold Star Family, whose son, Scott Studenmund, was killed-in-action in Afghanistan in June 2014.  Scott was killed alongside his Special Forces teammate, Jason McDonald.  Scott and Jason were both former teammates and friends of Sean, so his time in California was especially meaningful.  The following is Sean’s blog post reflecting on this experience.

  
Remembering Jason and Scott: Gone but never forgotten. On June 9th, 2014 two friends and members of my old detachment were killed-in-action in Afghanistan, Scott Studenmund and Jason McDonald. The day before the 6th month anniversary of their deaths I had the privilege of traveling with Scott’s family to visit two of his old schools in Pasadena, CA. Scott’s life and sacrifice are recognized at his elementary school by a wonderful plaque and the naming of the athletic field in his honor. At his high school, they have created a leadership and service award to be given to an outstanding facility member annually. I’ve attached pictures of Jason, Scott and of the memorials.  Tonight hug your loved ones and tell them how much you love them…then thank God for Jason and Scott. Then step outside and listen to the peace you live in and perhaps take for granted, no bombs exploding, no gunfire…then thank God for Jason and Scott. Finally, put your hand on your heart, thank God for your life and commit to making the most out of every day you have on earth…then thank Jason, Scott, and those like them for the willingness to leave their loved ones, go to places in the world where bombs and gunfire explode every night, and give their last heartbeat so you don’t have to. RIP brothers, you are dearly missed, but never forgotten.” 
 

Sean then headed North and rode the famous Pacific Coast Highway from South Laguna to San Francisco.  After this he headed to Las Vegas, NV for a little rest and relaxation, before he began the long trip home.  Along the next several days he battled multiple rain/snow storms, Midwest blowing winds, and parts of his motorcycle literally falling off along the highway!  But he was able to make it to his hometown of Lawrence, KS in time to celebrate Christmas with his family.  Shortly afterwards, he drove to Nashville in a single day to complete the cross-country journey.  The event raised over $4,300 for Nashville Honors Heroes and enabled us to continue to grow into the New Year!  For more details on this ride you can visit Sean’s blog at www.tumblr.com/blog/nashvillehh or www.gofundme.com/nashvillehh.