Vegas Baby.... Las Vegas 2012  TOO MUCH FUN!
Leaving Las Vegas early in the morning, wheeling my brother, Buddy, out to the van.  He hadn't been feeling well and I drove him back to Yuma and the Hospital Emergency Room.  He had Walking Pneumonia and some kinda of heart problem requiring a Pace Maker.  So, I'm on vacation, Buddy's hospitalized.... what to do?  Believe it or not. Steve Flock flies his plane down from 29 Palms to pick me up and fly me back to his hacienda.  

Steve and JoAnne Flock not only treated me great, we found out Rick Akset was in the area and had him over too.
Then I'm back to Yuma and Kyle Felix jumps in for a SOWF Golf Tournament

Above; Luke and Abby Van Dorston, Mike McReynolds, and , Linda Crate
Below, Luke, Brooks, and Abby Van Dorston

 Jill McReynolds, Linda Crate, Bobby Bear, and Mike McReynolds
Invade Mexico

We drink Margaritas as big as my head and visit my favorite store.  These guys are brothers and besides being good guys, they always have tequila too.  Today they get me drunk and sell me a Hippopotamus.         (just what I needed)

 The Birthday Girl, Kathryn Akset, Rick Throws a PARTY

Rick Akset, Mike McReynolds, and Kathryn Akset.  We might be having FUN.  Below is Scott Innis, ?, Rick Akset and Jill McReynolds

Above; I need some help, I forget?  and Linda Crate and Buddy McReynolds.
Below; Bobby Bear, I'm going to have to get him a Date Book, and Linda Crate.   Who are these guys?

Luke and Abby Above;  Van Dorston     ? and Linda Crate, end of my trip and time to say Good Bye.  There's never enough time, but I'll be back last week of March 2013.

2013 Up Date;  Operation, Finally Home and Luke Van Dorston

Pictured; Operation Finally Home, Dan Wallrath, Singer Kix Brooks, with Abby & Luke Van Dorston.
NASHVILLE, Tenn; Country music star Kix Brooks changed the course of the lives of two combat veterans and their families, announcing that the soldiers will receive custom built homes from the non-profit organization Operation FINALLY HOME. Brooks made the announcement from the Sunday night CMA Music Festival concert at LP Field.

Air Force Combat Controller Staff Sergeant Luke Van Dorston will receive a home in Thompsons Station, Tenn., and U.S. Army Sgt. Ronny Wiley will receive a home in Charlotte, N.C. Both builds are part of an Operation FINALLY HOME partnership with American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks and LP Building Products to build six homes for deserving veterans across the U.S. in the next two years. Franklin, Tenn.-based Carbine & Associates will construct the Van Dorston home and Classica Homes in Charlotte will build the Wiley home.

“I cannot tell you how moving it is to watch the faces of American heroes and their families as they learn that they no longer have to worry or struggle to have a home,” said Kix Brooks. “There’s no greater feeling than being a part of an effort to honor our military veterans.”

Van Dorston is a 33-year-old highly decorated Combat Controller with deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. He flew over 140 combat missions, was involved in more than 64 direct action raids and directed 194 Close Air Support missions. Most recently he served at the Interservice Military Free Fall School where he trained over 500 Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force and Allied Force special operators. His combat engagements earned him two bronze stars, one with valor for heroism. Van Dorston was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011. Married to Abby Van Dorston, the couple has a one-year-old son.

Wiley served in the U.S. Army for 17 years, including two tours in Iraq, receiving a number of medals throughout his military career. He suffered a traumatic brain injury after hitting an IED while driving a Humvee during his second Iraq tour. Degenerative disk disease limits his physical abilities and he has also been diagnosed with severe post-traumatic stress disorder, making it difficult to leave his home. Wiley is married to Ashley Wiley and has three children.
“LP is proud to provide materials for the homes for these two heroes,” said Rick Olszewski, executive vice president, sales and marketing. “We are especially excited to be a part of these two builds alongside our customers Carbine and Associates and Classica Homes and Nashville’s American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks.”

2014 Up Date;  Operation, Finally Home and Luke Van Dorston
Luke, Abby, and Brooks Make the Cover......