Veterans Afield Foundation benefit bike-ride nears

The Veterans Afield Foundation (VAF) is a faith based program to assist and aid Veterans, first responders and “Gold Star” youth in the community. Gold Star families was founded 14-years ago in 2005 by individuals which lost a family member during the Iraq War.

The organization works closely with corporate sponsors and not-for-profit organizations as a means to provide outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing for veteran, first responders and gold star children and their children as a means to reintegrate them and assist in the healing process.

According to Foundation Director Adam Berkemeier, all monetary donations and monies generated as a result of fundraising events stay local and are used to help facilitate and offset cost of the activities and services provided by VAF.

On Aug.17, the VAF and the Rushville Elks Lodge #1307 are hosting a Veterans Benefit Ride.

Registration will be held the day of the event beginning at 11 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, 223 East Third Street, and the ride will begin at noon. Cost for the ride, which will make a number of stops prior to returning to the Rushville Elks Lodge, is $30 per bike, with an additional $20 per-passenger. Included with the registration are a T-shirt and a pulled pork dinner with sides at the conclusion of the ride. A silent auction will be held and live entertainment provided by Waylon T will conclude the day’s event.

Pre-registrants will receive a $5 discount on the ride fees.

For additional information or to pre-register, Berkemeier can be contacted at (765) 561-1843. Additional information regarding VAF can be obtained on the organizations website at

Contact: or (765) 932-2222 x106.

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