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Rob Seidelís Wounded Soldier Fund to benefit from DVD music video

Mark Reis, a guitar technician for Joe Walsh of the Eagles has written and produced a DVD music video called "Our Sacrifice" featuring 1LT Robert A. Seidel, III and other soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in service to their country. Mark has also started a guitar raffle to raise money for five military related charities. Rob Seidelís Wounded Soldier Fund of the Community Foundation of Frederick County, is one of the charities to receive benefits from the raffle. A $20 contribution includes a chance to win an autographed guitar. Donors also get a copy of the DVD. Two guitars will be given away each month for the rest of the year. Donations can be made and additional information about the fundraising effort is available at

Autographed guitars yet to be raffled off include The Eagles, Bon Jovi, Micheal Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Ozzy Osbourne, Buddy Guy, Joe Walsh, Faith Hill, Gretchen Wilson, Johnny Hiland to name a few. Autographed guitars from Alan Jackson and Toby Keith among others have already been given away. Equipment makers joining the effort include Fender Guitars, Peavy Musical Instruments, Dr. Z Amplifications, Ernie Ball, Takamine, Samick and Taylor Guitars.

On June 10, Reis will give away two autographed guitars. One by Kenny Chesney and the members of Sugarland; the second by Kid Rock.

About Robert Seidel:

1st Lt. Robert Seidel III

Oct. 27, 1982 - May 18, 2006

Emmitsburg native U.S. Army 1st Lt. Robert Seidel III was in a Humvee on Thursday when it was struck by an improvised explosive device about 2:30 p.m., said Sandy Seidel, his mother. Ms. Seidel said a lieutenant colonel came to her house in Gettysburg, Pa., on Thursday to inform the family.

Lt. Seidel, a 2000 graduate of Catoctin High School, was a rifle platoon leader with the 2nd Battalion in the 22nd Infantry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division, out of Fort Drum, N.Y. He graduated from West Point in 2004  Lt. Seidel was also an Army Ranger who was qualified for air assaults.

Rob Seidel is a third generation Emmitsburg resident. He holds the distinction of being the first Emmitsburg resident to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point NY. He is currently serving as a rifle platoon leader in Iraq attached to the 10th Mountain Division.

He is the grandson of a former Emmitsburg Mayor, (Prof. Robert Seidel) retired from Mt. St. Mary's College. And he is the nephew of a former Emmitsburg Commissioner (Edward Seidel) who to this day still holds the record of being the youngest person in Frederick County ever elected to a political office at age 18.

"He loved his family first and foremost, but he loves God and his country ... and he died doing that," Mr. Seidel said, choking back tears.

Mr. Seidel said his son liked country music and playing sports like football, baseball and basketball with his brother Stephen. He was an avid Boston Red Sox fan.  The Seidels had last spoken with their son on Mother's Day.

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