Silver Star Recipient to be Recognized During ‘Salute Our Troops’ Jeep Tour
Concord Native Helps to Raise Awareness and Money for Troops
As part of the summer long “Salute Our Troops” fundraising campaign, local military hero, Sgt. Tommy Rieman will be recognized for his service to the military while meeting with employees and customers.
Sgt. Tommy Rieman, Silver Star recipient for service in Iraq. When his team came under attack near the Abu Ghraib prison in 2003, Rieman used his body as a shield to protect his gunner, suffering two bullet wounds and 11 shrapnel wounds. Despite his injuries, he was able to lead his team off the road, respond to a second insurgent attack, and call in a medical evacuation for his injured comrades.
Sgt. Rieman is featured in the upcoming documentary Halfway Home: www.halfwayhomethemovie.com that will premiere June 14 in Charlotte at the EpiCentre. The documentary, narrated by Martin Sheen, focuses on the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on the lives of five warriors from recent and past conflicts.
When: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 3 – 5 pm
Where: Kangaroo Express: 9424 S. Tryon St. Charlotte
The Salute Our Troops campaign is on a mission to raise $1 million between Memorial Day and Labor Day. A fully-restored 1952 Willys CJ-3 Jeep will help raise awareness and donations for military charitable organizations and shine a spotlight of appreciation as communities honor military heroes who have served in the Armed Forces or have positively impacted the lives of those who serve our country.
All funds raised will directly support the efforts of the USO, Wounded Warrior Project and National Guard family assistance programs.