Department of Florida

From the Chairman

Legion Riders

Jim Wineland, American Legion Riders Chair

April 2020 – So much for planning. I hope all our family is doing well and taking care of themselves. This sitting around must be driving us all crazy. I did get a chance for a little “Wind Therapy” over the weekend, but I sure miss the long rides and stopping at all the Post along the way.

Well, unfortunately we had to cancel the Unity Ride. We looked at the possibility of moving the ride, but really can’t because it would conflict with other rescheduled Legion events.

HOWEVER, we are working hard to take this ride to a Virtual Event. Even though we can’t ride together, we can still support our veterans and raise funds and awareness to #EndVeteranSuicide!

What does that mean? We are encouraging you to still register and ride with us, but on your own time. We are challenging you to ride 22 miles for the 22 veterans who take their lives every day. This will have to be done in a certain time frame and then documented on your social media accounts with #iRideforthe22. Points will be awarded for funds raised, number of people registered, and for those who complete the challenge for the District Trophy.

We are working on fine-tuning the details, and those will be released very soon on the Department’s website, social media pages, and on the campaign link below. The link to register and join us virtually is

A lot of work has gone into this one. Jennifer Cooper has utilized a new product to assist in our sign up and fund raising for the Unity Ride. Carrie has also done a great job updating our page on the Department Website. Our Chapter at Post 10 in Kissimmee has done a great job getting the State Rally together. However, this event will be postponed to a later date. Great teamwork putting this all together!

This was not an easy decision, as this event is something we all look forward to every year. However, we are doing our best to accommodate and still support PROJECT: VetRelief’s Suicide Prevention Initiative in these uncertain times.

Once again, Thank You for what you do, and I am proud to be the Chairman of such a great group!

Jim Wineland
American Legion Riders

“For the Cause, not the applause.”