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    Introduction Every year The Patriot Woodworker's adopt a wounded warriors family for Christmas. We do this through a great veterans support organization named Operation Ward 57. The Patriot Woodworker's apply to Ward 57 to be accepted to receive our family for Christmas, and each year we are chosen to participate. And each year, our sponsors donate wonderful items for us to raffle for this cause. We use 100 percent of the raffle proceeds to purchase gifts for the kids, and a Christmas dinner for the family. Our Mission We need your help to accumulate funds for our Gold Star adopted family, who has given much to our nation in physical and emotional sacrifice and much more in family sacrifice. All proceeds from this raffle will be used to purchase gifts for Camilla, Charlie, and mom Nicole and to provide a Christmas dinner for the family. The Gold Star Family This year we are proud to be supporting the Merlo Family from San Marcos, California. They include Mrs. Merlo (widow of Spc 4 Ivan Merlo), and her son Charlie at 4 years old, and Camilla at 7 years of age. The Merlo's in Service Young Mr. and Mrs. Merlo. History Spc 4. Ivan E. Merlo of San Marcos, California graduated from San Marcos High School in 2006. He joined the Army that October and arrived at Fort Campbell four months later. He was due to return home within two weeks after finishing a yearlong deployment in Iraq. He was supposed to serve as the best man at the wedding of his best friend and brother in combat, Pfc. Phillip J. Pannier. But Merlo and Pannier both died while waging an Army offensive targeting insurgents north of Baghdad. Just before being deployed, Ivan married his long time girlfriend, Nicole. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon, Weapons Qualification, M4, Expert. Ivan died in Samarra, Iraq of wounds sustained during combat operations at age 19. Army Service 2nd Battalion 327th Infantry Regiment 1st Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Fort Campbell, Kentucky Gold Star Family History The term Gold Star family is a modern reference that comes from the Service Flag. These flags/banners were first flown by families during World War I. The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States, during any period of war or hostilities in which the armed forces of the United States were engaged. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom. Read more... Our prior years projects Operation Ward 57Adopt a Wounded WarriorFamily for the Holidays - 2015 Operation Ward 57Adopt a Wounded WarriorFamily for the Holidays - 2016 Click on the Raffle Ticket and support our adopted family! Tickets only $2 each with multi ticket discounts! Rules Sorry, only Residents of the US and Canada may participate All are welcome to participate, members, forum hosts, admins and non-members. (John Morris (Founder) and family may not participate) Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery of prizes, most of the time prizes are sent out immediately You may purchase as many raffle tickets as you like Raffle ends midnight December 16th 2017, names will be drawn one second after midnight 4 names will be randomly drawn by Raffle River, and prizes will be awarded in the order of names drawn, starting with Laguna Certificate, then the Rikon Slow Speed Grinder, then the Woodriver Spindle Sander. You may also enter by mailing check or money order made out to The Patriot Woodworker and send too: The Patriot Woodworker - 977 Sussex Rd, San Jacinto, CA. 92583 You may also request one free entry by submitting your request through regular postal mail, please use address above. This year, the items our sponsors have donated can be seen in the image below, these are some great prizes folks! The tickets are only 2 dollars with multiple ticket bargains, and your odds of winning are very high given our typical turnout. To view the ticket prices, and to purchase your tickets please click on the Raffle Ticket above! A full accountability of the proceeds will be reported on at the end of the raffle so you know your hard earned money was used for our Adopted Family. You may win one of the following prizes! 3 Winners will be randomly drawn by Raffle River In Closing Ok Patriot Woodworker's, it's time to muster and it's time to show everyone what we are all about! The purpose our woodworking community was created is for this reason, to help those who have served us, and paid the price. Remember this is not charity, this is not a hand out, this is payback! Thank you sponsors! We also need to thank our sponsors Woodcraft Supply, and Laguna Tools, for their generous support and for donating those wonderful items for the raffle! For without them, we would not have a community, nor would we be able to perform the work we do. Thank you guys! Honorable Mention The Patriot Woodworker community wants to also thank Easy Wood Tools for their past and continuous support of our woodworking community and their endless support of the men and women who serve our nation. Easy Wood Tools has been a valuable partner to us and our military support efforts. Easy Wood Tools, Made in America, by Americans, for the World!
  2. I'm a bit behind on my emails, but this one sent out by Woodcraft on June 8th recognized "all" of us here and featured our adopted family, the Thomas Akin family. Well done gang! ( @John Morris...if this needs to be moved within the forum, please do so...thanks,dz) BTW, Woodcraft has a pretty good price this month on the Rikon 8" Slow Speed Grinder too...that was brought the article to my attention. Woodcraft email Sales Circular 06-08-17 https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/woodcraft-supports-patriot-woodworker-project-to-adopt-a-wounded-warrior-family-for-christmas
  3. Here ye here ye here ye! Donate 10 dollars to Operation Ward 57 and recieve a very cool birch tree ornament! See details by clicking on the ornament below!
  4. We are proud to announce that we have been selected to Adopt a Family for Christmas by Operation Ward 57. Let us introduce you to the father and Wounded Warrior of the family as pictured left, his name is Joe McGlaughlin, he served in Iraq for 18 months during his time in service from 2004 to 2014. SGT. McGlaughlin received a Traumatic Brain Injury and hearing loss during a convoy mission when an Improvised Explosive Device was detonated by a convoy that was passing his convoy. Along with his physical injuries he is suffering from PTSD as well. Since his return to the civilian world SGT. McGlauphlin suffered a stroke, and to top it all off he fell 40ft and fractured his skull and broke his pelvis. But, within all this chaos Joe is a family man, he has a wonderful wife with two sons and they are now our family. The Patriot Woodworkers are proud to show our thanks and appreciation for the service Mr. McGlaughlin provided our nation. And we want to show our appreciation by just simply giving. We also want to thank Operation Ward 57 for allowing us this opportunity to pay it back. Donate cash to the cause and you are entered into our tool giveaway. 100 percent of the proceeds will be used to purchase gift cards for our family at the following locations. Stater Brothers for a Christmas meal Amazon.com for the boys Christmas gifts Walmart for mama, she loves shopping there And yet to be determined, a gift card from any Rock Shop for dad, he is a rock hound and he loves polishing rocks If you would like to just simply give without being entered into our big tool giveaway, please contact us at community@thepatriotwoodworker.com for kids clothing sizes, shoe sizes, and a detailed wish list from the two boys. This is our chance to show our appreciation for a great family, who both served and sacrificed much in the way of their own physical well being and mental stress by having loved ones deployed to the combat zone. This is what we do best Patriot Woodworkers, it's time to put our gloves on and get to work! Thank you all so much in advance for caring, you are the best! Please view below the big giveaway details. 1 Entry into the draw for a $2.00 donation3 Entries into the draw for a $5.00 donation7 Entries into the draw for a $10.00 donation15 Entries into the draw for a $20.00 donation Your donation entries will be confirmed within one day of submission. The drawing will be held on December 19th and the winners will be notified via email and newsletter. Please view the fantastic inventory up for grabs below as donated by our supporters, Laguna Tools, Bessey Tools, Woodcraft, Easy Wood and Pony Tools. Woodcraft Supply 1 Winner will receive: Crown Nosing Plane $99.00 (RON DUDELSTON) 1 Winner will receive: Lynx 8" Crosscut Tenon Saw $134.99 (ALFRED TICKELL) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Laguna Tools 1 Winner will receive: Resaw King Blade Value $150.00 - $300.00 (depending on size of bandsaw) Maximum size of 175 inches (JOSEPH MORDENTE) 1 Winner will receive: Set of 5 bandsaw blades (Value $125.00) (KEN MARTINEZ) An awesome Laguna Tools Golf Shirt will also be shipped to each winner! --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bessey Tools of North America Package 1 Winner will receive this complete Package: (JAMIE GUERRERO) 2 x KR3.524 (24” K-Body REVO) Bar Clamps 2 x KR3.540 (40” K-body REVO) Bar Clamps 2 x KBX20 (K-Body Extenders) Total Bessey Package worth $220.00 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Easy Wood Tools’ package: 1 Winner will receive this complete package: (KEVIN WELLS) (1) – Mid-Size Easy Rougher (1) – Mid-Size Easy Finisher (1) – Mid-Size Easy Detailer Total Easy Wood Tools Package worth $359.97 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pony Tools’ package: 1 Winner will receive this complete package: (GEORGE KNUTSON) (2) – Jorgensen 36" Heavy Duty Steel Bar Clamp (2) – Jorgensen 24" Heavy Duty Steel Bar Clamp (2) – Jorgensen 36" Medium Duty Steel Bar Clamp (2) – Jorgensen 24" Medium Duty Steel Bar Clamp (2) – Jorgensen E-Z HOLD 6" Medium Duty/Spreader Clamp-EXPANDABLE (2) – Jorgensen E-Z HOLD 12" Medium Duty/Spreader Clamp-EXPANDABLE (2) – Jorgensen E-Z HOLD 18" Medium Duty/Spreader Clamp-EXPANDABLE (2) – Jorgensen E-Z HOLD 4" Hobby/Craft Clamp (2) – Jorgensen E-Z HOLD 6" Light Duty Clamp Total Pony Tools Package worth $407.12
  5. With the technology the way it is today, and with the support our men and women receive, it's no wonder that anymore a lil ol thing like an amputation isn't going to keep a soldier from serving on the front lines. Who would of thought! These Three Soldiers Fought Their Way Back To The Front Lines After Losing Legs  
  6. Operation Ward 57 is once again teaming up with Yellow Ribbon Fund to treat wounded warrior families in the DC area to ICE! featuring Frosty the Snowman at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center this December. Tickets are first come first served. 2 Days to choose from. Sign up info on the flyer!
  7. From the album: The Patriot Woodworkers Challenge Coin Displays

    Another view of the sacrifices made during service to our nation. This display belongs to Garry Dietzman, a wounded warrior veteran as well he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after returning from a 1,700-combat-mission deployment to Iraq. Thank you for your service Gary, we can never repay your service.

    © The Patriot Woodworker

  8. John Morris

    Operation Ward 57 Display

    From the album: The Patriot Woodworkers Challenge Coin Displays

    Can anyone name off the units, and ranks displayed in this lineup?

    © The Patriot Woodworker

  9. John Morris

    Lew Kauffman Displays

    From the album: The Patriot Woodworkers Challenge Coin Displays

    Another shot of Lew Kauffman displays, great job Lew!

    © The Patriot Woodworker

  10. From the album: The Patriot Woodworkers Challenge Coin Displays

    Beautiful figure in this display, many in this shipment had the same unique figure throughout.

    © The Patriot Woodworker

  11. From the album: The Patriot Woodworkers Challenge Coin Displays

    What a wonderful sight, our wounded will love them!

    © The Patriot Woodworker

  12. From the album: The Patriot Woodworkers Challenge Coin Displays

    One side of a challenge coin that George and Sandy included in their display shipment to Operation Ward 57.

    © The Patriot Woodworker

  13. From the album: The Patriot Woodworkers Challenge Coin Displays

    George and Sandy also purchased a coin for each display, this was very kind and special, our wounded at Ward 57 are going to love these!
  14. From the album: The Patriot Woodworkers Challenge Coin Displays

    George Knutson left and Vietnam Veteran Sandy Smith on the right and an employee of the Seattle Woodcraft Store No. 307 standing with a shipment of Challenge Coin Displays before being sent to our headquarters for delivery to Operation Ward 57. Awesome job men!!!
  15. John Morris

    Lew Kauffman Displays

    From the album: The Patriot Woodworkers Challenge Coin Displays

    Our own Wood Turners Forum host Lew Kauffman got creative for this shipment, he built some fantastic displays to reflect a naval twist, there is a sailor out there that will have a wonderful display to show of his or her coins.

    © The Patriot Woodworker

  16. From the album: The Patriot Woodworkers Challenge Coin Displays

    George and Sandy put out a big production for this shipment, way to go guys!!!!

    © The Patriot Woodworker

  17. From the album: The Patriot Woodworkers Challenge Coin Displays

    George Knutson and Sandy Smith built some wonderful displays for our wounded.

    © The Patriot Woodworker

  18. From the album: The Patriot Woodworkers Challenge Coin Displays

    Another great lineup of displays built by Patriot Woodworkers George Knuston and Sandy Smith.

    © The Patriot Woodworker

  19. Good morning folks, while perusing Operation Ward 57 Facebook Page I thought I'd share it with our members here on The Patriot Woodworker. As some of you may have noticed we have installed an Operation Ward 57 graphic on our home page. You can click on the graphic above and be taken to their website, and you can click on the Facebook Page link I provided in the opening lines of this post to be taken to their Facebook page as well. Since I have been involved with various wounded warrior organizations in the past 5 years I have come to know and respect greatly the term they use "Alive Day". The "Alive Day" is a very important day in a wounded warriors life, it is the day they celebrate or recognize as the day they were wounded, and they survived their wounds. On their Facebook Page you can scroll down and see many of the wounded warriors photos in recognition of their alive day. The image to the left is Army Sgt. Kevin Gatson of the 101st Airborne as he celebrates his 4 Year Alive Day. Click on his image to be taken to the Facebook page and send him a warm greeting. I know what you are thinking, why would anyone celebrate a horrific day such as this, well in short, during the process of recovery from their wounds their is much counseling and attention given to psychological wounds that are present as a result from the trauma they received such as amputations and loss of sight and the list goes on. During this healing process is a recognition that they still have much to be thankful for, life for one. Thus the term "Alive Day". I have personally met and spoken with our wounded at the various events we attend, and I can tell you they appear to be dealing with their new life very bravely, and in some cases with the aura of having a new lease on life. It is an incredible thing to talk to one of our heroes, as they stand in front of me with their artificial limbs or from a chair and talk about the day as if all is good, and life is perfect. Of course I am seeing them well after they have gone through intense therapy and group counseling, and they are emotionally well and stable and excepting, it's an incredible experience for me on a personal level and humbling, and my context in life is improved greatly each time I attend one of the events. The things I would normally complain about day to day, just don't seem that important anymore after standing next to one of these warriors and hearing them speak. Life is truly a gift from God to be enjoyed as each hour of the day passes. I would like to encourage our members and visitors to visit the Operation Ward 57 Facebook Page and leave your wishes for the "Alive Day" men and women. You can also visit our Patriot Woodworker Facebook Page and leave your comments as well, we are sharing the "Alive Day" posts on our page for members and fans. The Patriot Woodworkers are now supporters of Operation Ward 57. And don't forget to jump in and build a Challenge Coin Display for the men and women of Operation Ward 57! Go to Challenge Coin Display Campaign to see how you can help!

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