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Road Warrior Crossroads: Taking Veteran's Issues to the StreetSalem-News.com
Announcing Tim King's plan to visit different regions of the U.S. to raise awareness of Veteran's health issues and motorcycle rider's civil rights.
(SALEM / SACRAMENTO) - Tim King is taking a new military reporting assignment and you can help. He isn't reporting from Iraq or Afghanistan this time, Tim's covering an ongoing war here at home where Veterans are fighting for their rights, and he'll be checking in with motorcycle riders who are busy defending their civil rights in regard to club membership and other issues.
Tim is the co-author of BETRAYAL: Toxic Exposure of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-Up, and one of the few online journalists who served his country in the U.S. Marines before beginning his life as a reporter.
For more than nine years in his role at Salem-News.com, Tim has worked with countless people to raise awareness of their suffering, they range from mothers of Marines fighting in Afghanistan, and Veterans suffering the effects of PTSD on the verge of tragedy, to survivors of brutal domestic abuse, and inmates suffering from racism and hate crimes in prison.
That brief synopsis offers only a snapshot of Tim's advocacy for his fellow human beings. Last year he was flown to Baltimore and honored in front of 3,000 people for his reports on war crimes in Sri Lanka.
Tim King and Bonnie King of Salem-News.com, received the national 2011 Silver Spoke Award in Albuquerque, N.M.
"In appreciation for improving the image of motorcycling- Media 2011".
The award was presented at the 26th Annual National Coalition of Motorcyclists Convention. Tim says it is a rare and special honor for a writer to receive that type of accolade.
It isn't the only award Tim and Bonnie King have received for their motorcycle reports. They also received the Excellence in Journalism Award in 2010 from the the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs.
"In recognition of their thorough, careful and lucid reporting on issues of concern to veterans and motorcyclists along with the public at large. Your contributions will not be forgotten."
Both Kings are among the few journalists in the U.S. today who advocate for motorcycle clubs and riders and their civil rights.
They also have a Documentary on PTSD titled "War and PTSD" under production that will air on Public Broadcasting. This is a vital program that will leave the viewer with essential information that they can put to work for their own needs.
Tim interviewed soldiers and Marines serving in Iraq for this program, we're told they are the only interviews about this subject with active duty military deployed in war.
These interviews break the stigma of PTSD, yet they are only one aspect of this important documentary.
Other parts of the program are already recorded, but it requires more footage and interviews, and Tim will use this opportunity to get those missing elements so that the program can be completed for television broadcast.
If you support what we support; U.S. Veterans, then please get behind this important mission to use our wide ranging highly-ranked Internet presence at Salem-News.com, to save as much of the American Dream as we can for people who first served this country, and now need our voice.
Businesses that back this important cross country mission will be mentioned in all reports, both on Salem-News.com and on YouTube. Tim will stop along the way throughout the U.S. giving talks on military base contamination, PTSD and the rights of American motorcyclists.
Sponsors will be promoted at every opportunity.
The company or organization that donates or provides a motorcycle for the trip, will receive first-rate billing and people will know that the company or organization, cares about helping motorcyclists and Veterans, it is a win-win plan to help those who truly receive too little advocacy from the media.
Tim says he has a lot of respect for Harley Davidson's and has owned two. He also believes a 4-cylinder sport bike in the 750 range would probably work well. Tim is open to other ideas for motorcycles, so let us know what type of bike you have available for this extremely important mission and then prepare to receive valuable promotion that will last for months. You can either lend the bike to the project, or simply donate it.
Sponsors will also also be acknowledged in the upcoming documentary, War and PTSD. Tim will participate in radio and other media interviews and mention the sponsors at every opportunity to acknowledge their support of AMERICAN VETERANS.
People in different communities were already getting on the destination list before we had publicly announced the mission, word gets out fast about efforts to help Veterans.
Along the way Tim will be writing stories and posting photos and videos of the places and people he visits. What he is setting out to do is vitally important, because Tim will go out of his way to reach people who are suffering, that's how he rolls... The problems faced by American Veterans are almost infinite, the Internet is the key, along with Salem-News.com's years and years of advocacy for Vets.
You'll be able to track Tim's progress at Salem-News.com and also via this dedicated Facebook page. We plan to have a tracking map that shows where Tim is in the country at any given time.
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