Berks martial artists inducted into global corridor of honors for paintings with veterans


Two founders of a Mount Penn martial arts club and a motorcycle membership have been identified on a worldwide degree final month for his or her paintings with former contributors of the defense force.

Joe Casale and Luis Gonzalez of the American Veterans Warriors Martial Arts Club in Mount Penn were inducted into the Action Martial Arts Hall of Honors last month.

“We had been honored the paintings we do became identified in a hall of repute that is global,” stated Casale of Newmanstown. They were inducted for the Action Mega Weekend Expo duration at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, N.J., the weekend of Jan. 25.

The Berks men were among others who have performed stardom of their disciplines or on movie and tv, including action superstar Michael Jai White and 11-time kickboxing champion Don “The Dragon” Wilson.

Casale and Gonzalez started out golf equipment in August: the martial arts membership and the Berks County bankruptcy of the Desert Knights of America Motorcycle Club.

Both of the entities are mainly geared closer to veterans. The martial arts membership is a safe haven that could act as a shape of therapy, and bike membership is a manner veterans can give to others, Gonzalez of Wyomissing said.

“The martial arts club is for all military people with PTSD and former police,” said Gonzalez, 52. “In the bike membership, each bankruptcy has to do something for veterans.” Gonzalez did combat tours as a squad chief in Iraq in 2007 and 2008 throughout his 28 years in the Army National Guard and served sixteen years as a Reading police officer until retiring in 2006.

Casale, 48, is a former Marines corporal who served in Panama and Operation Desert Storm. Both men say they recognize the wishes of veterans and have hooked up programs to assist people who want them most.

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The motorbike club has reached out to homeless vets and connects the vets to groups to get them off the streets. Another program makes sure “no veteran dies on my own.” Club participants visit the hospice bedsides of veterans who do not have their own families.

Another application transports veterans to and from appointments, including courtroom dates. Casale and Gonzalez also are operating closer to getting certifications to be accepted to volunteer for the Berks County Veteran Affairs office.

The paintings they positioned into the golf equipment are only truthful, the guys said. “I’m just giving again what become given to me,” Casale stated.