Brent Walker from Danielson, an Army veteran, is organizing the Purple Heart Poker Run to raise money for Purple Heart recipients in need of financial help and services
The Poker Run is scheduled for May 7 band the committee is seeking veterans who have received the Purple Heart to come forward.
It has been a bit of a challenge finding recipients for the award.
The poker run will start and end at the American Legion Post 4, 457 Laurel Hill Road, Norwich.
There are an estimated 1.8 million recipients of the Purple Heart in the United States.
A poker run is an event where participants, usually using motorcycles, visit five to seven checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each one. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run.
Walker is a combat wounded veteran and the Wounded Warrior Project helped him greatly so he decided to try to help local veterans in need.
Patricia Willow Clauson, a Navy reservist and committee member from Canterbury said, “We want to give to not just the down and out of physically wounded, but the middle of the road guys who get no benefits and who could use the money to go toward house mortgages, repairs or just to help pay the bills,”