Ronkonkoma car show, motorcycle ride, benefit veterans – New York News

Roger King of Sag Harbor was shot in the helmet in Iraq by a sniper eight days before his 21st birthday.

Eleven years later, King’s two tours in Iraq with the Marine Corps left the 32-year-old battling with a traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and a “loss of purpose,” he said.

So he leaned on Long Island’s robust veterans community.

King and hundreds of motorcyclists and car enthusiasts gathered Sunday at the Ronkonkoma headquarters of the Association for Mental Health and Wellness for the fifth annual Kick Stand Up Motorcycle Poker Run and Car Show.

The event Sunday raised funds for Suffolk County United Veterans, a division of the Ronkonkoma association.

A record number of close to 300 motorcyclists and about 90 car show enthusiasts registered for the show and ride after paying a fee to benefit the veterans group, officials said.

“We’re just so indebted to the people who showed up today,” said Michael Stoltz, the association’s chief executive.

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