Annual “One Call Away” motorcycle ride held to benefit veterans suffering from PTSD

Hampden County

A bike ride was held Saturday to benefit veterans suffering from PTSD.

Nearly 8 million Americans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress disorder, more commonly referred to as PTSD. 

PTSD can occur after you have experienced a trauma. Many sufferers are veterans. 

Saturday, the brave men and women who defend our country were recognized for their heroism. 

The 3rd annual “One Call Away” motorcycle ride and barbecue rolled out in Southwick Saturday. 

Their mission, to improve the lives of veterans who suffer from PTSD.

“The government has a lot of programs, so we try to put in a gap there, where we can offer some assistance,” Ron Sassarone of the One Call Away organization said. “We’ve paid electric bills. We paid mortgages. We’ve paid car payments.”

The organization ‘One Call Away” also raises awareness surrounding PTSD and suicide.

“Im a life member of the VFW and Im a chaplain for the District 7, so I do a lot of funerals,” said Kenneth White of Chicopee.

The ride kicked off from Whalley Park and traveled thru several communities, before returing back to Whalley Park.

More than 200 riders came out to show their support for veterans suffering from PTSD and to also recognize first responders, who also put their lives on the line everyday. 

After the bike ride, first responders were recognized with an appreciation parade and cookout. 

The daughter of a member of the 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base had a special message for first responders and veterans.

“I’d like to say thank you to all the emergency responders, out there and everyone who has ever served our country,” said Jayden Wilson of Southwick. “We all appreciate you so much.”

One Call Away hopes to raise $10-thousand from Saturday’s event. 

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