The Diamond Posse, five female motorcyclists with diverse backgrounds, begin their journey on May 16th at the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, where the group will tour the facility and interview veterans who are rehabbing for their documentary film "Forged Under Pressure". The ride continues with visits to four VA Medical Centers in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Iowa. On May 21st in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, the women will join with Vietnam Veterans to participate in the LZ Lambeau honor ride. The ride will be lead by medal of honor recipient Gary Wetzel and will take the group into Lambeau Field in Green Bay where the traveling Vietnam wall and museum will be set up. The group will end their journey on Saturday, May 22nd with a grand finale as they ride 100 miles from Green Bay to Milwaukee escorted by the New Glory Flag Bike Team to open Harley-Davidson’s Women Rider’s Celebration. "The ride signifies our commitment to provide hope and encouragement to veterans who are facing challenges as a result of their service," commented Vicki Sanfelipo, founder of the Diamond Posse. "During this ride our goal is to increase awareness, raise funds and speak to local groups regarding the obstacles veterans face as a result of the sacrifices they have made to defend our Nation’s freedom." The women of the Diamond Posse represent a combined passion for motorcycling, motorcycle safety and supporting Veterans who keep our country free and safe. • Eldonna Lewis Fernandez, veteran and Air Force Msgt , suffered the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and has dedicated her life to helping Veterans with PTSD.
• Cat Hammes, RN, was involved in a motorcycle crash which resulted in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and amputation of her leg. She was told she would never ride again and now serves as an inspiration for all Veterans who have lost a limb or suffered TBI.
• Amy "Diva" Skaling supports motorcycle events through fundraising and "blinged out" clothing and hats for riders.
• Bobbie Carlson works for Cape Fox and Concentric Methods, leading motorcycle safety training for the active duty service members of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps.
• Vicki Sanfelipo, Founder of the Diamond Posse, in addition to being an EMT and an RN, co-Founder of the Road Guardians program, is also the Executive Director of ASMI, a non-profit organization that trains people how to reduce injuries and fatalities at motorcycle crash scenes. Through their life experience, these women have been forged under pressure, thus creating the Diamond in Diamond Posse. To follow their journey, visit their blog on Facebook by becoming a fan of Diamond Posse.
Teaming with local Harley-Davidson Dealers throughout the ride, the Diamond Posse will support fund-raising and awareness events at dealerships. All funds generated during the ride will go to the Fallen Heroes Fund which supports the Center for the Intrepid. To learn more, donate or to sponsor the ride, visit http://diamondposse.us/contribute.html .