Bomb Suit Ride Across American is coming to Nashville!
Just wanted to let everyone know I invited Bobby Klepper and the Bomb Suit Ride Across America to Nashville when a couple of other cities declined on hosting the effort.
Their loss is our gain!
I'd like to give a special Thank You to Betsy Boswell of Boswell Harley Davidson for hosting the event at the Boswell shop on Fessler's Lane.
Please show your support and come on by to meet Bobby and sign the Bomb Suit!
I look forward to seeing everyone in Nashville.
immediate release: October
EOD Warrior Foundation
Bomb Suit Ride Across America
On Sunday November 1st,
retired Virginia State Police Bomb Technician, Bobby Klepper, will climb on his
Harley Davidson motorcycle in Virginia Beach, VA and take off on the journey of
a lifetime, traveling across the United States to San Diego, all while wearing
a bomb suit. Bobby is a 34-year veteran with
the state police and has over 30 years in the EOD community, and is no stranger
to adversity and intense challenges, yet wearing a bomb suit while riding a
motorcycle cross-country could be his biggest challenge yet.
Across America” is a fundraiser benefitting the EOD Warrior Foundation, a 501c3
organization that serves the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Community by
providing assistance to active-duty
wounded, injured or ill warriors, wounded veterans and their families, and
families of fallen warriors. The
organization also maintains the EOD Memorial Wall in honor of fallen EOD
warriors. The Foundation believes the EOD family is for life and is committed
to providing the necessary assistance and ongoing support to military families
stationed around the world.
When asked whyhe would take on such an incredible feat, Klepper
said, “I am doing this fundraiser to show respect and to help my EOD brothers
and sisters. I will be riding a
motorcycle in a bomb suit, across the U.S., to raise awareness and funds for
this worthy organization and to draw attention to the dangerous job that EOD
technicians do every day.
Due to the incredibly
strenuous task of not only riding a motorcycle cross-country, but doing so in a
bomb suit, the journey will require numerous stops and will take approximately
15 days. Bobby and his team will make
time to stop at the EOD Memorial Wall at Eglin Air Force Base in FL, to conduct
a wreath laying ceremony in honor of the 314 military EOD warriors whose have
died while carrying out an EOD mission since WWII.
The final leg of this trip
will take him from Scottsdale, AZ to San Diego, CA where he will be met by EOD
families, law enforcement officials and friends for a party at Strategic Operations.When asked
what she thought of Bobby’s Ride, Nicole Motsek, Executive Director for the EOD
Warrior Foundation said, “What Bobby is setting out to do is an incredible
feat, and will be extremely challenging. We are so grateful to Bobby and his
team for their commitment to help raise awareness for those that perform the
most dangerous job in the military.” The
ride is scheduled to conclude at a public ceremony in San Diego on Sunday,
Detailed schedule of events:24 OCT – Pre-Event: Tidewater Tactical (2022
Pleasure House Rd, Virginia Beach, VA)01 NOV – iFLY BREAKFAST EVENT (2412 Pacific
Ave, Virginia Beach, VA)01 NOV – GSS Gear Send-off party (2037
Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, VA)01 NOV – Ashland, VA: Richmond Harley Davidson04 NOV – Nashville, TN: Boswell Harley
Davidson05 NOV – Redstone, AL: FBI Hazardous Devices
School06 NOV – Eglin AFB, FL: EOD Memorial Wall (Range
Rd. Niceville, FL)07 NOV – Shreveport, LA: VETERANS FOR VETERANS – (3232
E 70th St, Shreveport)11 NOV – Albuquerque, NM: Thunderbird Harley
Davidson VETERANS DAY13 NOV – Scottsdale, AZ: Harley Davidson of
Scottsdale15 NOV – San Diego, CA: Strategic Operations (4705 Ruffin
Road, San Diego, CA)About the EOD
The EOD Warrior Foundation serves the US EOD community
by providing financial assistance and support to active-duty and veteran
wounded, injured or ill EOD warriors, families of our wounded and fallen and by
maintaining the EOD Memorial at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach,
- In 2014 the EOD Warrior
Foundation spent over $800,000 on new and existing programs, with over $425,000
in direct support of EOD families in need.
- This year we allocated over
$170,000 in scholarships, and enabled over 100 wounded warriors and their loved
ones to attend therapeutic healing retreats.
- There are over 7,000 brave men and women serving as
US Military EOD technicians, across all four branches of service, who willingly
put themselves in harms ways to protect the lives and property of others.
- Their service includes support to the most complex
special operations missions.
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