Hello friends of the Shootout for Soldiers,
We just heard some sad news about our Shootout for Soldiers partners, Tyler Steinhardt and his crew from Baltimore. On their way from the Colorado Shootout to the California Shootout their Shootout for Soldiers RV was destroyed by fire. Thank god all of them had been able to escape. I will post pictures below and in their own words what happened. That said I would like to ask everyone and anyone who can help them out to help them cover expenses now that they lost everything. This group of College students who started the Shootout as High School students do not take any money that is raised for our Veterans and now they are in big time need. They still plan on going to California and finishing up the last Shootout for Soldiers event. Please help if you can. Our Chapter is looking to help with funds and we wanted to let everyone know what happened. Sorry for the urgency however this is urgent for them.
Their story is below and pictures follow.
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To start: We’re all OK. From there, I’m not really sure how to continue.
To make a long story short: On our way from Colorado to California for the last Shootout for Soldiers of the summer, we ran into a little trouble. Put more precisely, our RV blew up and caught fire. Seriously.
We’re not really sure how it happened. But it happened fast. As we were traveling over the mountains in Utah, we pulled aside after smelling gasoline. Within seconds of checking on the gas tank, we noticed a flame below the RV and quickly rushed for safety. Within a few moments, the entire RV was encapsulated in flames with dark smoke rising to the sky.
I’ll be frank, it was tough to watch.
We all lost everything, from our laptops and cameras to our bags of clothes and toiletries. In less than five minutes,” Ol’ Faithful” was burned to a crisp with just ashy remnants. We are lucky to be alive.
The good thing is, we’re all OK. Special thanks to the Salina, UT Fire Department for putting out the fire and keeping us safe.
However we do need a little help. Over the last two months as we traveled for Shootout for Soldiers, we have always covered our own costs in order to make sure that all the money we raise goes directly to those who serve our country. But as we spend the night in a Marriott outside of Salt Lake City, we are keenly aware that the next few days will be a challenge. The RV was both our shelter and transportation, meaning that at the very least we will need to find new places to stay, rent a car to CA and then also get flights back east. Not to mention getting new clothes for everyone, toiletries and a host of other items we had on board.
We’re hoping to raise money to offset these costs and help with the in-between period before insurance comes through. This figure doesn’t cover personal property lost (multiple laptops, GoPros, drone, TV...) it will simply just help us execute the last week of our summer tour and get everyone home OK. Anything we raise over the amount needed will be put back into our general fund to benefit our charity partners.
Thank you so much to everyone who contributes or helps spread the word, it’s deeply appreciated as we handle this new challenge.
*If you are able to provide any help with our stay in California, navigating the insurance process or more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org