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Rolling Thunder Inc. is a class 501(c)(4) non-profit organization which is dedicated to the search for American soldiers who are prisoners of war “POW”/missing in action “MIA”. Rolling Thunder was established in 1987 and incorporated in 1995. All Rolling Thunder members are non-paid including its officers, board members and even its founder/executive director Artie “dictator” Muller. The organization named itself after the continuous bombing campaign of North Vietnam in 1965 which was known as Operation Rolling Thunder. Starting in 1987 and continuing through May 2008 Rolling Thunder has been conducting the “Rolling Thunder Run” which all of its members attend. For 22 years the members of Rolling Thunder have converged on Washington, D.C to show their continued support for the efforts to find lost service men and women of past conflicts. In May 2001 the estimated number of motorcycles involved in this rally was 200,000; by May 2008 that number had risen to more than 350,000. During the weekend event Rolling Thunder is involved in many speeches given by military official as well as many politicians. Rolling Thunder also makes the “Ride for Freedom” which leaves the Pentagon, crosses the Memorial Bridge, and ends at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Rolling Thunder has 88 chapters covering 29 states all of which are governed by the same constitution and bylaws. Many of Rolling Thunder's members are veterans; however, that is not a requirement for membership. Also, Rolling Thunder is often referred to as a “motorcycle group”, but owning a motorcycle is not required either. Rolling Thunder Inc. has expanded its operations to include Rolling Thunder Charities Inc. as of 2007. Rolling Thunder Charities Inc. is a class 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This part of the organization adheres to the same laws that govern its parent cooperation. Rolling Thunder Charities Inc. was designed to help members as well as U.S. Military troops and their families that are in need of financial help. Rolling Thunder Charities are involved with the selling of Rolling Thunder memorabilia as well as other fundraising opportunities. [READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE]
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