In the beginning…
Our organization was formed around a kitchen table with friends who decided that we all wanted to do more to help disabled veterans and the warriors we meet who are all around us. Roles were assigned, a corporation was formed, and we were off and running. We are still running and after almost a year we have not slowed down. On June 2 of 2016 we were awarded a tax exempt status, 501 (C) (3) by the Internal Revenue Service and have run our first solo event successfully.
In 2017 we have planned 4 minor events and of course our major Veteran’s Day Event in Charlotte and Mint Hill right here in our home of NC. Everyone is welcome to join us and meet these veterans and warriors.
Board of Directors
Jerry Morris – I am a father, a brother, a husband and a friend. I am a proud veteran of the US Army where I spent 14 years serving this wonderful country. I have lived and worked in too many countries to list but have always marveled at the glory and the beauty of the country that is mine, the USA. I am currently a Clinical Faculty Member at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC where I train paramedics to work in Emergency Medical Systems across the country. I have been and done many things in my life but without a doubt, being a member of this group is one of the most rewarding. I am working for a cause in which I deeply believe and I am working with the best people in the world.
Nicholas Riggins – Nicholas is a subject matter expert (SME) on Military and Veteran transition As Director of the Center for Military Families & Veterans, Nicholas leads daily business operations and oversees the execution of Central Piedmont Community College’s strategy for serving Military Families & Veterans. He started his career serving Veterans with Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont for the Microsoft Elevate America Grant.
He knows first-hand the difficulties that Veterans face. He remembers how difficult moving to a new area without the comfort of a military installation, community assistance or a support system. Nicholas has spoken locally and nationally on the topic of serving Veterans transition, including participating in a congressional panel on the subject.
Nicholas served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years, including 3 tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/ OIF). He was a U.S. Air Force spouse prior to enlisting. Nicholas separated in 2008, as a single parent, moved to Charlotte and worked through the difficulties in making the transition. Nicholas is now remarried, has two children and a dog.
Glenn McClary – I am from Jacksonville, NC. I served in the United States Marine Corps stationed at Camp Lejeune, Okinawa, Med Cruise, Guam, and Parris Island. I am a LAKA (left above the knee amputee) 10 years in May of 2016. I enjoy life one day at a time and am doing the things that keep me happy and physically fit. By challenging my disability I become stronger every day. My daily goal is to inspire everyone I meet during my life’s journey. Just live your life the way you love, and love your life the way live it. Everything will be ok.
John Faust -I am a retired Marine of 20 years. I have worked in law enforcement for 23 years with 6 years of that time running a youth program as part of the NYC School System. I enjoy riding and working on bikes and mentoring today’s youth. Being a member of Honor The Warriors gives me opportunities to show people that there is always hope and that there are heroes all around us in our every-day lives.
Norris (Tony) Hawkins: Tony is a Desert Storm/Desert Shield veteran of the US Navy. He is the father of two great kids, and currently lives in Marshville, NC with his service dog RJ. Tony is a full time wheelchair user due to a bone disease that severely limits the use of his legs. He got involved in handcycling to get back in shape. Since he became affiliated with Honor the Warriors in 2015 he has found friendships and a sense of camaraderie that was missing in his life. He says he has accomplished more than he could have dreamed thanks to the support and encouragement of this wonderful team. He has become an example to others and a “roll” model for all. Tony says, “You will never know what you can accomplish if you do not try.”
Klaus Siebert: Klaus was born in Mulhausen, Germany in 1938. At the age of 4 his father, a German Soldier, was killed near Stalingrad, Russia. At the age of 6 he and his entire family were placed in Buchenwald Concentration Camp and were liberated one year later by Allied Forces. His mother, brother and only one sister survived the concentration camp. After returning to Mulhausen, Communists took over the city and the Russian Secret Police arrested his mother as a spy. This left Klaus and his siblings alone. After 7 years of planning he and 24 others escaped from East Germany. To his knowledge only 5 of the group made it alive across the border. At that time he learned that his mother had escaped the Russians and was united with her in Fulda, Germany. He ventured across the border five more times, helping others escape. In 1954 Klaus’ mother married an American GI and they came to America, settling in Ohio.
Klaus joined the United States Marine Corps for 2 years. He then joined the United States Army for 9 ½ years, serving in Vietnam for 1 ½ years. Klaus later joined the United States Air Force where he stayed for the next 19 years.
Klaus retired from the Air Force in 1985 and came to West Mecklenburg High School (Charlotte) as an AFJROTC Instructor. He also worked as an ROTC Instructor at North Mecklenburg High School and Independence High School. While working in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for 25 years he was named Instructor of the Year 22 times. His ROTC Units have been named Meritorious Unit (once), Outstanding Unit (Twelve Times), and Distinguished Unit (Ten Times). After 53 years in uniform he retired in 2010.
Sue Davis: Sue Davis is an Air Force Veteran who served as a Bioenvironmental Engineer 1987-1991. She sustained a traumatic brain injury in an off-duty accident that ultimately resulted in a medical discharge from the Air Force. She is an advocate with the Defense-Veteran Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) “A Head for the Future” program, advocating brain injury awareness and safety.
While in Germany in 2010, Sue learned about adaptive and rehabilitative cycling for injured and wounded military members. Upon her return to the states, she began a program in Charleston SC, getting injured and wounded Veterans cycling to help them heal from their visible and invisible injuries and wounds and connect with one another. From 2013 – 2016, Sue rode with several organizations in 22 states and France, cycling over 25,000 miles with Veterans. Sue is now based out of the Greenville SC area and continues to help others find success through cycling.