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Operation Red Dragonfly - Former Marine Will Cross Country for Veteran's HealthSalem-News.com
One Marine-turned journalist, one motorcycle, and valuable information to help Vets live longer, coming soon to a venue near you...
(SALEM / SACRAMENTO) - "This will be the most important thing I have ever done." says Tim King, founder and news editor of Salem-News.com, in regard to his scheduled 48-state motorcycle ride for Veterans.
A former Marine who has covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; Tim will make presentations and give talks to a wide variety of groups around the country who need to know about the potential health risks they face from having served in the armed forces, and in military conflict. Along with the messages imparted in person, Tim will distribute written material that reviews the information presented. He conducted extensive research about PTSD in Iraq, working with soldiers and Marines still fighting the war.
Salem-News.com has long been a leader in breaking stories about military health. Tim is the co-author of a book called BETRAYAL, which explores the legacy of toxic Marine Corps bases in the U.S. and Japan. Another former Marine who writes for Salem-News, Robert O'Dowd, is Tim's co-author. Both served at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, a closed down base that is an EPA Superfund site.
Tim has also covered military health stories extensively with Dr. Phil Leveque, one of Salem-News.com's most distinguished writers. He served in World War Two as a front line combat soldier, and has suffered the effects of PTSD for most of his life. Dr. Leveque treated 5,000 PTSD patients in his career.
There are many items still needed for the trip. The motorcycle is being provided by a Sacramento motorcycle rental dealership, it is a Honda VFR 800 Interceptor. Items can be either provided for the trip, or donated.
Help Operation Red Dragonfly with the following items, those with a check mark are at least tentatively secured:
Tim is riding thousands of miles to share the information he has accumulated over his journalism career and nine specific years reporting for Salem-News.com and he's doing it by himself. Your help makes Tim's trip safer and more effective. If you know of a better cause then please donate to it, if you don't, then help Operation Red Dragonfly, an unconventional approach to connect those who served this country in uniform with the answers that can help them live longer.
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Tim will be recording interviews and footage for an upcoming documentary on PTSD. He will also check in with newsmakers along the way and make media appearances whenever possible.
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