Rikk suffered a traumatic brain injury in November 2017. When he was injured, he had a dream of people helping people and of a skull that is now the logo of Forevermore Patriots.

A lake area husband and wife team have embarked on a new venture to honor veterans and serve the local community any way they can. The owners’ respect for veterans and soldiers stems from childhood memories when their fathers came home from serving in Vietnam.

Husband and wife duo Rikk and Carrie Stowe’s fathers are Vietnam veterans. Rikk and Carrie experienced firsthand their fathers’ changes and struggles associated with PTSD. 

The community at the time treated soldiers and veterans differently than they treat veterans today. Carrie’s father received a purple heart and he threw it away. Thankfully, Carrie’s mother took it from the trash can and saved it.

Rikk suffered a traumatic brain injury in November 2017. He hit himself in the head with a manual fence post driver. When he was injured, he had a dream of people helping people and of a skull that is now the logo of Forevermore Patriots. Rikk’s in-law designed the Forevermore Patriots’ logo. The Patriots’ logo is a skull with an American flag on the top as if the flag were hair. The skull’s right eye is the National League of POW/MIA logo. The skull’s left eye is an “S” which signifies the Stowe’s family. Two feathers make up the nose. The mouth is made up of two soldiers carrying an injured soldier on a transfer board. Below the injured soldier is the word “Respect.”

Forevermore Patriots was established in August 2018. Their goal is to help local veterans, children, families and the community, filling in the gaps helping out when there’s not other helping hand. 

They want to set an example  for young people by showing them the importance of honoring our veterans and soldiers, the Stowe’s said. 

One of their first projects was to provide rent for a year for one family. The Patriots picked a family of five this year. The mother lost her home because the father left. The Patriots have four months paid for, but are seeking help for the remaining eight months. The rent is $500 a month so they are needing to raise $4,000. The home is a fixer upper. 

Forevermore Patriots hope to get donations from home improvement stores like Menards and Lowe’s and people to assist in the home repairs.

Another project is for the many clients at Share the Harvest who are in need of laundry supplies. 

The Patriots are hoping to get those items donated. They are also looking for places to place donation boxes.  

Forevermore Patriots will be hosting an auction at Scuttlebutts Bar and Grill Sun., Mar. 31 from 2 to 5 p.m. It will benefit Camdenton Band, Christmas for Everyone, Wags for Dog Tags Program and Share the Harvest Food Bank.

Forevermore Patriots and the Camdenton Band Department will be set up in front of Camdenton Walmart Sun., Apr. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to raise money for the band.

Forevermore Patriots will be collecting laundry and personal hygiene items for Share the Harvest. They will be set up in front of Osage Beach Walmart April 6 and Camdenton Walmart April 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.