Confirmed:HFOT Community Kickoff, James Thorne, Veteran US Army (02-20) 11 JAN 20

January 11, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Mobil Gas Station
1289 W San Antonio St
New Braunfels, TX 78130

The presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders has been requested to take part in this joyous event.  We have been asked to ride a procession and stand a Flag Line for the veterans and family to participate in opening ceremony presented by Homes For Our Troops (HFOT).  This ceremony will begin the process of building a specially adapted mortgage free home for Army SPC James Thorne.

James Thorne joined the military as a last-minute decision in 2009 when he was 21, after his plans of going to music school did not work out.  On Oct. 8, 2010, Army Specialist Thorne was on his first deployment, searching for landmines with the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The blast resulted in the immediate loss of his left leg and severe damage to his right leg. Doctors later amputated the right leg two years after the injury.  After arriving back in the United States, James endured 75 surgeries over a ten-month period at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. His father, Michael, who is also an Army Veteran, seldom left his son’s bedside through his entire recovery. “My father was the one person who was there the entire time, he has done everything for me,” James says.

Now medically retired, James continues to be aggressive in his recovery by going to the gym at least every other day, and he is currently working on getting refitted for prosthetics. Having an affinity for the arts, James plays guitar and plans to go to school for film production.  Receiving a donated, specially adapted Homes For Our Troops home will mitigate the stress of navigating an inaccessible environment, giving him more time to pursue these endeavors.
James is grateful to the support throughout his recovery from his mother, Elizabeth Bryant, and stepfather, Richard Bryant, both are retired Army Command Sergeant Majors. His mother is the one who found out about the Homes For Our Troops program. “My mother is the whole reason I’ve been given the opportunity to have this home,” he says.

James loves to cook and enjoys hosting friends and family. An accessible kitchen with roll under countertops and pull-down shelves will make it easier for James to prepare meals during social gatherings. Having the extra space will also be beneficial for James to start and raise a family someday.
Born and raised in New Mexico, James is choosing to build his home in Texas.
James is grateful for the opportunity to be receiving a specially adapted Homes For Our Troops home and is indebted to HFOT’s donors and supporters. “Because of you all, it is possible for Veterans to move on and integrate into something greater.”

WEATHER:  Hi 59 / Lo 40, 0% Chance of Rain, 45% Humidity

REQUESTOR:  Kelsey Woodhouse, Community Outreach Coordinator

STAGING:  9:00 am, Saturday, January 11, 2020 
Mobil Gas Station
1289 W San Antonio Street
New Braunfels, Texas 78130

BRIEFING:  9:15 am

KSU:    9:45 am (Semper Gumby)

CEREMONY:  Arrive NLT: 10:00 am
Holy Family Catholic Church
245 S Hidalgo Ave
New Braunfels, Texas 78130

RC:    Lisa “Fancy Pants” Menard

FC:    Alice “Cake Lady” Wagener


1. Iron horses if you can, cages are always welcome and appreciated and unless under special circumstances not allowed in processions. You do not have to have a motorcycle to participate in honoring our veterans.

2. Safety First: Please remember to properly hydrate (including the night before) before any outdoor activity and to dress appropriately. Do not hesitate to take a break at any time if you feel you need to get in the shade or get indoors and always ask for help at any time. Also please do not forget your sun screen.

3. Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and. NO TALKING, SMOKING, CHEWING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, OR CELL PHONE USE IN THE FLAG LINE!

 ***Safety Notice***
Before volunteering and/or attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders missions we encourage you to review all safety information below.  Included are some potential safety concerns to be aware of, however this does not include the full scope of all potential hazards.  Anyone attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders mission understands that they do so at their own risk. Neither the Patriot Guard Riders Organization nor its representatives are liable for any damages incurred on any PGR mission or event.
Funeral Processions/Escorts
EVERY RIDER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for their own safety at all times while riding in a funeral procession.

At NO TIME are any riders authorized to block any intersection or otherwise block or impede traffic laws in any way.  Only Law Enforcement officials are authorized to block and/or impeded the lawful flow of traffic.

If you choose to fly a flag on your bike you are SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for ensuring it is secured and not a danger to any other rider or traffic.

Warm Regards,
Bob “Pizza Man” Johnson
Deputy State Captain
San Antonio Patriot Guard
Honor, Dignity, Respect
Cell: (562) 413-2223