Mission Feedback

BOTG-NY has only been around for a few years, but our commitment to our veterans and their families runs as deep as the fraternity we forged by first taking the oath to defend our country. In our continued service to our heroes, we take a strong stance that anything we do is not for our own glory, but for the aid of those who stand for us. That being said, our greatest payment is in the thanks we receive from those we help; whether it be a quiet smile and a single tear of a mother whose son or daughter just returned with a motorcycle escort, the humble hug of a hungry veteran whom we have fed, the heartfelt thanks of a grieving family member whose loved one we brought to his final place of honor, or the letter of gratitude from Afghanistan for the care packages we sent.

Here are just a few of the kind words we have received this week, just so you can see how important it is to support our mission:

From Afghanistan:

To: FrankeBNYC@AOL.com
Subj: Thank You! (UNCLASSIFIED)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO


Dear Mr. Bania,

Today we received a shipment of care packages from the BOTG-NY. I can’t express to you in words how grateful we are for the support of you and your members. You truly are a great group of Americans and Patriots. We are proud to be serving citizens such as yourselves overseas. On behalf of the 310th Military Police Battalion, we appreciate wholeheartedly all that you do for us. Take care and God bless!


1LT Adam Monteleone
310th Military Police Battalion
Engineer OIC
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO


From a Welcome Home Mission at Long Island MacArthur Airport:

Sent: 9/22/2012 1:33:46 Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Tonight’s Homecoming

Hello everyone,
I want to thank everyone for coming out tonight to welcome home Luke, Charlie, Sean, Angel, Tony and the others. It was heartwarming to see ambulance companies, fire departments, veterans groups, church groups, bike clubs, families and so on, all come together for a common cause; to welcome home and thank our men and women for their service. With so much going on overseas right now, it is events like this that we put all these groups together in a lump and simply call them “Americans”. Although we are lucky to have brought home a few of our own this time, don’t forget all the rest still over there in harms way. Keep them in your prayers. Good night and God Bless you all!
Thanks again!
Stephanie Golub
Community Ambulance Co.


From a mother regarding a Welcome Home Mission at JFK International Airport:

Words cannot express how amazing our experience of yesterday was. It went off so beautifully, even the Marine was smiling from ear to ear eliminating all of my fears and concerns about his reaction. The respect everyone had shown for his potential tentativeness was incredibly moving.

I didn’t feel too many moments of sadness because the joy I felt watching him appreciate and bask in a moment he will remember for the rest of his life stays with me even now. He was in awe of the BOTG-NY and the profound respect he feels for those who have served before him. I hope he maintains relationships with such amazing people long after his service is completed.

Willy was wonderful to us and I hope not upset that Devin wanted to ride in the Camaro. I had a feeling as soon as they joined the ride, that this might happen. He is a big time Camaro Fan and anything to make things smooth for him, we went with. I have Willy’s business card and will send a thank you to him and his employers with a pic or two. Alright well I won’t carry on for too long here, this is just the first thanks of many. I also hope to keep apprised of future welcomes as I’d love to be there to wave a flag for each and every one of them.

Thank you again.

Kitty M


This is just a small piece of what makes us the Boots on the Ground!


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