Located in Downtown Fremont and founded in 1985, The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 18. Al Martinez, Clyde Morton, Ted Ness and others were a few of those instrumental in it’s beginning. Joe C.H. Bales, an uncle to the current commander Richard J. Riggs is honored by the chapter being named after him. In my quest to capture with photo and personal visit, each and every Downtown Fremont property, today counts over 80 now posted here and none has given me more satisfaction. Today we see James, Ron, Bill, Russel, Rex, RJ, Al, Jack, Art and Dale. Sharing coffee and donuts I felt humbled by these men. Their faces and body’s spoke truth to me. They have seen and know what service to man and country really means. I salute them with pride. Thank you veterans of America.

Photos by: Richard Rader

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