- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 26, 2013

“If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can read this in English, thank a vet.”

“I love my country. It’s my government I fear.”

“I wasn’t there. But I still care.”

“Jane Fonda: Traitor, [expletive]”

“All gave some. Some gave all.”

“Dysfunctional vet. Leave me alone.”

— Assorted mottos spotted on vest and jacket patches at the annual Rolling Thunder membership dinner Saturday.

BACK TO WORK

The sound of the motorcycles has faded to a dull roar, the 26th annual Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom is over, drawing some 700,000 riders, according to preliminary estimates. But the work for veterans goes on. Artie Muller, who founded Rolling Thunder,will remain in the nation’s capital for several days to talk up issues with select officials, then head back to his home state of New Jersey to keep up the good fight.

“Just don’t get me started on ‘Obamacare,’” he tells Inside the Beltway.

Mr. Muller, a U.S. Army vet who served in Vietnam, is no fan of the Affordable Care Act and is particularly piqued over backlogs on disability claims, military budget cuts and increases in prescription costs for veterans. They are scheduled to rise from $9 to $36, he said.

“Why is that? Many vets can’t even afford their medications now. It’s a disgrace,” Mr. Muller said.

“We had a great ride and wonderful public support this year,” adds spokeswoman Nancy Regg. “But in the end, it’s about the vets, it’s about POWs and those missing in action. This is not about us.”

RIDE ON

“You can do more than just ride mountain bikes with veterans. You can help a veteran find a job. You can help a veteran who’s homeless. You can feed a veteran. You can love a veteran.”

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