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Ritter a finalist for humanitarian award


Last updated 2/21/2008 at Noon

Chaplain Ron Ritter is the founder of a bereavement support program for veterans and their spouses.

SAN DIEGO — The Veterans Museum and Memorial Center is pleased to announce that Chaplain Ron Ritter, a resident of Fallbrook, was a Navy finalist for the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award.

Chaplain Ritter is the founder of “Eagle’s Wings,” an organization dedicated to providing bereavement support to widowed veterans and spouses. It is based out of the Memorial Center.

Eagle’s Wings is the only ongoing bereavement support group for widowed veterans and their spouses.

Chaplain Ritter was nominated because he truly exemplifies Zachary and Elizabeth Fishers’ personal qualities of patriotism, generosity and selfless dedication to improving the quality of life of members of the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

In 1996, the Secretaries of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force approved the establishment of the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award and have recognized those who have met the rigorous criteria ever since.

Eagle’s Wings was established in 1999 to provide informed and compassionate assistance to those whose lives have been permanently altered by the death of a spouse.

Despite providing a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Department of Defense, Eagle’s Wings is still struggling with membership. Chaplain Ritter would encourage anyone interested in these free services to contact the organization at (619) 234-9464 or [email protected]


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