In 2010, staff from The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Adaptive Cycling Program asked Montgomery County Police for assistance with traffic control and force protection during one of their upcoming cycling events. Several Police Officers from various units volunteered to assist with the cycling event to ensure these wounded heroes were provided with a safe a secure event.
This single cycling event led to a blossoming relationship which developed solid friendships and mutual respect between the wounded hero participates and volunteers, and provided the framework for future activities. Sine then, ongoing activities have included fishing, shooting, concerts and of course, bike rides. Not to be out done, the wounded heroes that participated in the cycling program expanded their events to include cycling events to support law enforcement as a way for them to say thank you.
In 2015, Aaron Bailey, a Montgomery County Police Officer and William Schroeder, were introduced to each other by a mutual friend who saw the common interest that both Will and Aaron possessed. That lunch meeting allowed Will and Aaron to shared their common interests with each other and both quickly realized they had the same exact goal and desires. Those goals and desires were to aid wounded heroes from the military, police and fire departments, with the support and resources they needed to lead a successful and fulfilling life in return for the sacrifice they made for their community, state and country. The result of that lunch meeting led to the creation of No Warrior Left Behind, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Potomac, MD.
No Warrior Left Behind is committed to honoring, saluting, and supporting the men and women in the military and the first responders in our community who volunteer to be in harm’s way in order to serve and protect the safety and freedom of all Americans.
In November 2016, NWLB learned that retired officer and marine Kyle Olinger was struggling in his new home in Arizona. Kyle Olinger sustained his injuries breaking up a car theft in 2003. After being shot in the neck, Officer Olinger continued to serve the Montgomery County Police Department until his retirement in 2012. When he relocated to Arizona, he realized he could not see his property and struggled with his health and mental outlook. Responding to a call from his wife, NWLB organized a fundraiser and reached out to Howe and Howe Technologies, Inc. to order and personalize an all-terrain wheelchair (“Rip Chair”) for Office Olinger. With the assistance of the Gary Sinise Foundation, NWLB and Aaron Bailey delivered the new Rip Chair to his family in December 2017, and Officer Olinger is very thankful and excited for the gift of mobility. Kyle and his family thank everyone who supported this important mission and NWLB especially thanks Tony Tuolo from Howe & Howe and Rose Borisow GraFX for their contributions as well.
Click here to watch Kyle rock in his new RIP Chair!