Local artist Paula Visnoski recently donated her time and talents to American Legion Post 18 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 18 for a painting in honor of the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR).
A national organization, members of the Rhode Island Patriot Guard Riders perform welcome home and send-off missions to service men and women on deployment and support numerous charities.
Sadly, many of the missions involve escorting fallen service members to their final resting place and standing in flag lines at the wakes and funerals of veterans when requested by the family.
Visnoski has created a 24” x 18” oil painting on linen canvas, featuring two Patriot Guard riders paying their respects at a veterans cemetery. Arnold Art has graciously agreed to frame the oil painting adding value to this original work of art.
The painting, which will be raffled, can be viewed at right or at www.pmvart.com.
Newport-based USA Battle Buddies will be the recipient of proceeds from the raffle. USA Battle Buddies is a Rhode Island non-profit whose purpose is to provide and train service dogs for veterans suffering from combat wounds (seen and unseen) including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
“We’re committed to using our resources and talents to help veterans and their families,” said Post Commander CS1 Robert E. Jerdan, USN, currently stationed at Naval Station Newport. “This is a true example of paying it forward. The artist donated her time and talent, the Legion wished to acknowledge the volunteer service of the Patriot Guard Riders, the RI Patriot Guard Riders narrowed down five deserving local charities, and the winning charity helps wounded veterans. It’s a win-win!”
To learn more, visit www.americanlegionpost18ri.homestead.com.
Tickets are $10 each. For tickets, contact C. Hayward at email@example.com (preferred) or call (401) 556-5940 or contact RI PGR member Tom Poole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The winning ticket will be drawn on May 19, Armed Forces Day. Winner will be notified by phone or mail and announced at Echo Taps.
Visnoski’s watercolors will also be on exhibit during the month of May at Newport Public Library. An award-winning artist in many mediums and member of Unit 18, she previously donated a painting that raised funds for a service dog for a combat wounded veteran.