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Old Cronies Support Veterans at State Veterans Home

FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, July 3, 2018


For more information, contact: Audry Ricketts at 605-773-8242 or audry.ricketts@state.sd.us (South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs)


PIERRE, S.D. Veterans at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home (MJFSVH) received a boost to their activities fund from the Old Cronies Motor Cycle Club.      


Members of the Old Cronies visited the State Home recently and delivered handmade wooden benches, religious ornaments for the chapel, custom artwork and a $6,000 donation to the MJFSVH activities fund. This is the third annual trip by the Cronies and the third time they have gifted our veterans.


The Old Cronies Motor Cycle Club is a group of former servicemen and women and their families and friends, from northeastern South Dakota, who wanted to give back to veterans.   


Brett Schaible of Bowdle, noted their visit to the Home is not just about the gifts they present; it’s also about renewing the friendships they have made with the veterans at the Home.   


This group is tied together by two strings – one that they love to ride and the other is their love for veterans.  


“Without a doubt, it’s groups like the Old Cronies reaching out to fellow South Dakota Veterans that really shows the true spirit of our state and our pledge to take care of our own,” said Brad Richardson, Superintendent of the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home. 


“The Old Cronies are truly a special group of caring individuals and families that have reached out to our heroes and touch our hearts,” said Richardson. “We are truly blessed for the difference they make in the lives of our South Dakota Veterans.”