A local veteran is warm and safe inside his Hamlet trailer this holiday thanks to a dedicated group of Army veterans. The Army Riders, a non-profit motorcycle group, aims to serve those who served. They help veterans in need. Now, one of those veterans is saying thanks.
After falling on hard times, Tom Tharp found help and hope in the Army Riders.
“We did this as a desperation thing,” says Tharp as he walks us around his Hamlet trailer, “I said I can fix it, I can fix that, but it was the unseen things that we ran into.”
Tom Tharp knew the trailer needed work when he bought it, but he didn’t expect it would be this bad.
Moldy floors and walls, smoke detectors painted over, rotten floor boards, electricity issues, leaky pipes – that was just some of the issues that plagued his newly purchased trailer. Tom and his wife Debbie purchased the trailer after falling on hard times. Medical issues forced the couple to sell nearly everything they owned.
“Things were going really good and then they went down the tubes really quick,” says Tom. The past 3 years have been the hardest, he says.
Tom, who served in the Navy during Vietnam, tried to fix some of the issues himself. But, he knew he needed help.
“They came in stepped up and said what do you need to be done? We will do it,” says Debbie. The Army Riders are a group of many veterans who are dedicated to helping other veterans.
“This is a family –every one of them. These guys will do anything for anybody. Especially anyone in the club,” says Gadsby, the Treasurer of the Army Riders of Indiana. The group has helped nearly a dozen vets this year, including the Tharps.