Who We AreWhat We Do
A Veteran run 501(c)(3), 100% NONPROFIT organization. We currently operate on a 100% Volunteer basis, driving all of our funding into three objectives:
Provide a Hand Up to Homeless and Struggling Veterans
Camp NORA is a 13 bedroom 8 1/2 bath home on 17.6 acres just outside of Covington, LA that can house up to 25 Veterans. This transitional facility provides stable housing to Veterans who have fallen into homelessness or are struggling to maintain housing. This transitional housing facility is growing into a more complete Veterans Resource Center as we grow programming and staff expertise.
Maintain the awareness of the needs of our veterans.
Ride of the Brotherhood has created “Never Forget”, a tribute motorcycle to honor our Veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice. This motorcycle will tour the country and be displayed at Veteran events, motorcycle shows and rallies.
Work with organizations in locating, identifying, and returning home our MIA’s
Our foundation, The RETURN, is dedicated to the ultimate homeless Veteran, the MIA. On August 30, 2017, Ride of the Brotherhood (RotB) officially received a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). DPAA is the U.S. Government agency responsible for the entire process of investigation and recovery of unaccounted-for U.S. personnel from past military conflicts. Under this agreement, DPAA and RotB will collaborate, through a public private partnership (P3), on activities that will contribute to DPAA’s mission to account for missing U.S. personnel from designated past military conflicts, in this case specifically Vietnam. RotB will accomplish this by conducting research and field activities in the U.S. and Vietnam under the restrictions and guidelines of DPAA and this MOU. There are still over 1,200 American soldiers missing in Vietnam so a lot of work still needs to be done.
Over 55,000 homeless veterans on any given night in the United States
Over 1,200 American soldiers missing in Vietnam
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Meet Our FounderEd Lewis
Ed “Cowboy” Lewis was born in New Orleans, La. and attended high school in southern Ohio. He served a total of 15 years in the U.S. Air Force, with a tour in Southeast Asia, finishing at Lackland AFB as a Drill Instructor. He now lives in Lacombe, La. with his wife Margaret. He has 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Ed bought his first motorcycle in 1971 and has had one off and on ever since. Even though he has always enjoyed traveling on motorcycles, it wasn’t till 2005, that long distance riding for charities was introduced to him. Since, he has traveled over 110,000 miles riding for charities. To date, his longest ride was from Florida to Alaska. The trip was over 14,000 plus miles in 21 days. .
Ed was the creator of We Care Teddy Bears, stuffed bears that would be collected by donations and distributed to children hospitalized during the holidays. He participated in the creation of 2 cross country motorcycle events and The Great Southern Rally, which he also assisted in its operation. He has acted as an adviser for other rallies and motorcycle events and has coordinated numerous fund raisers for children’s programs, charities and individuals in need.
As you can imagine, it hasn't always been an easy ride for Ed. In fact, in 2012 while participating in the first American Motorcycle Rally Ed had an accident outside of Flagstaff where he was seriously injured and his bike was destroyed.
But that didn't stop Ed. He continues to work and ride tirelessly to support charities both Veteran related and otherwise. He is an advocate, a warrior, and a powerhouse, and he stands ready to make Ride of the Brotherhood a success.
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