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Past veterans' runs have stopped at many locations throughout the area, including Maiden Rock.

MAIDEN ROCK--Bob Anderson is a devoted motorcyclist.

"I love to ride bikes," he said. "There is nothing better. The freedom of being out in the open road and everyone that owns a bike is so friendly."

The Maiden Rock native has been using that passion to good use, as the last three years he has helped organize two fundraising rides--one for the combat stress relief program of the Disabled American Veterans and the other for breast cancer research.

"If it wasn't for our men and women of the Armed Forces, we wouldn't be where we're at," he said. He further added: "Welcome a veteran home and tell them thank you. It means the world to them if they're thanked."

Stress relief

Anderson had been organizing fun runs for years and wanted a change. He soon made contact with the local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) branch in Menomonie. Once DAV officials told him about the combat stress relief program, his mind was set.

"There was no question as to where all the money should go," he said.

Combat stress relief is a program which allows veterans to help pay for a psychologist for all veterans who need it.

"It's about forming a new life as they adjust coming back from war," he said.

For more please read the Sept. 23 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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