Illinois Patriot Guard
Although it is not a requirement, you can purchase Illinois Patriot Guard Riders gear (patches, decals, clothing, etc.) through our Illinois Gear Store (www.ilgearstore.com) and National Patriot Guard Riders gear by following the appropriate link on that website (www.patriotguard.org).
With regard to patches and articles of clothing, in general, any that contain obscene; politically oriented; or objectionable content should either not be worn at missions or covered with tape. Because our mission activities bring us into contact with children, families, and a diverse public, it is important that we strive to leave a positive and apolitical footprint wherever those activities take us. It is also expected that the conduct of members should reflect positively on our organization.
Whenever and wherever the Illinois or National Patriot Guard Riders name or logo is worn, the person wearing it assumes the larger role of an organizational representative. The parameters of our mission statement and 501 (c)(3) requirements prohibit the wearing or otherwise displaying the Patriot Guard Riders name or logo at a political, protest, or counter-protest event. Any questions or concerns in that regard should be brought to the attention of your Senior Ride Captain.
Many of our missions are solemn or otherwise intimate occasions, and should be treated accordingly with the highest degree of sensitivity and dignity. Again, any questions or concerns that you have in that regard to should be brought to the attention of the Ride Captain(s).
In the event that someone expresses an interest in donating services, merchandise, or money to the Illinois Patriot Guard Riders they should be referred to the mission Ride Captain (if applicable), your Senior Ride Captain, or to our website where they can donate directly or contact one of the state leadership officers.
Members should not solicit donations of any kind, or enter into any agreements on behalf of the organization, without the specific and advance approval of the Board of Directors. Any ideas or suggestions that you have in that regard should be brought to the attention of your Senior Ride Captain or one of the state leadership officers.