Hobby drives volunteer to help veterans
Jonathan McBride, electronics equipment specialist, puts a network switch in a transit case after replacing a faulty power supply. McBride helped raise more than $59,000 last year by volunteering to support more than 30 fundraisers.

TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, Pa. -- "Veterans Helping Veterans" are words to live by according to one Tobyhanna Army Depot employee.

Electronics Equipment Specialist Jonathan McBride helped raise more than $59,000 last year by volunteering to support more than 30 fundraisers. He is the commander of Chapter 15-1, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association near Fort Bragg, N.C. The association is made up of combat veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who ride motorcycles as a hobby.

McBride is assigned to the East/Europe Division, Field Logistics Support Directorate's Air Defense and Airspace Management (ADAM) Cell, Fort Bragg. He provides logistics support for units located in the East Region and European Theater.

"The association's mission is to support and defend those who have defended our country and our freedoms," McBride said. "We help veteran care facilities provide a warm meal, clothing, shelter and guidance. A simple thank you or welcome home goes a long way," he said.

The association participates in or sponsors motorcycle-related events each year.

"I fully believe in the mission of our organization," he said. "This organization is a way for me to give back to those veterans who have sacrificed so much."

McBride is also a member of the Cumberland County Veterans Association, the Disabled American Veterans, Patriot Guard and American Legion.

Members of the motorcycle association also provide escort for funerals, and participate in public awareness campaigns, parades and ceremonies. So far this year, the volunteers are booked to attend 19 events.

McBride said the organization has also helped fund moving costs for some veterans. The veteran volunteer said most communities post opportunities to volunteer.

"Each person is different; take the time to do the research and pick something that interests you," he suggests to someone just getting started. "There are several organizations that need a helping hand."

Tobyhanna Army Depot is a recognized leader in providing world-class logistics support for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Systems across the Department of Defense. Tobyhanna's Corporate Philosophy, dedicated work force and electronics expertise ensure the depot is the Joint C4ISR provider of choice for all branches of the Armed Forces and industry partners.

About 3,500 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.

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