98th Soldier raises money for 95th Soldier

June 14, 2013

​Story by Maj. Jennifer K. Mack, 95th Training Division (IET) Public Affairs

NORMAN, Okla. -- Staff Sgt. Alfred Rocha, 1/378th, 3d Brigade, 98th Training Division (IET) watched the news coverage of the tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla. on May 20. He had previously served in the 95th and had friends in Oklahoma. He was moved to help.

Rocha devised a plan to raise money by donating his services as a personal trainer. Rocha sold $5 tickets to members of his wife’s gym in Palmyra, Va. for a chance to win. 

When Rocha called to check on his fellow comrades, he learned from 1st Sgt. Bryant Potts, 3/378th, 1st Brigade, 95th Training Division (IET) that Master Sgt. (Ret.) Adam C. Rudy, who had retired from the 3/378th in December, had lost his home in the twister. Rocha decided the money raised would be given directly to Rudy.

Rocha, who has never met Rudy, was honored to assist Rudy in some way because he said he “appreciates all soldiers for their service.” The raffle raised $175. He and his wife generously matched the monies raised and sent a check for $350 to the unit to be presented to Rudy during a special ceremony on June 9. Rocha even sent the raffle tickets along so that Rudy could be the one to draw the winning ticket for the lucky gym member.  

Although Rudy said it was difficult to accept money, he was moved by the kindness of a stranger and was very grateful to Rocha and all those who donated. 

During a special ceremony, 1st Sgt. Bryant Potts, 3/378th, 1st Brigade, 95th Training Division (IET) presented Master Sgt. (Ret.) Adam C. Rudy with $350 that was raised by Staff Sgt. Alfred Rocha, 1/378th, 3d Brigade, 98th Training Division (IET) . Members of Rudy’s former unit, 3/378th also donated money during their battle assembly to assist Rudy in his recovery. Photo by Maj. Jennifer K. Mack.
 
Click here to read about Master Sgt. (Ret.) Adam C. Rudy's experience and go to City of Moore Recovers to find out how you can help.
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