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WA man passes through Tucson on tribute ride

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Don Blanchard with his son, Aaron. (Source: Cara Schactler) Don Blanchard with his son, Aaron. (Source: Cara Schactler)
Blanchard's ride is taking him to all corners of the United States. Blanchard's ride is taking him to all corners of the United States.
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

One Washington father is going the distance to honor his son and other military veterans.

Don Blanchard started his 10,000-mile motorcycle ride across the United States on Aug. 3 near Yakima, WA.

Today, he'll stop at the Harley-Davidson of Tucson, located near the I-10 Frontage Road and West Ina Road, before hitting the road again.

So far, he has traveled 8,000 miles and has a little more than 2,000 miles left in his tribute ride, which he plans to finish near Seattle on Sept. 28.

His goal is to pass through all corners of the United States to raise money for charities that helped his family get through tough times.

Blanchard said his son, 32-year-old U.S. Army Capt. Aaron Blanchard, was killed in action by mortar fire in April while serving in Afghanistan.

Don is calling his motorcycle journey "A Father's Tribute Ride." He hopes the journey inspires people to donate to the following charities:    

www.fisherhouse.org

www.uso.org

www.woundedwarriorproject.org

www.patriotguard.org

You can also follow Blanchard's progress on his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AFathersTributeRide

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