By Johnny Killmore (CORPORAL (E4) - USMC & US ARMY)
There is a carpool lane on the road to happiness, and it’s called AdventureVet. While many charities and organizations focus on improving quality of life for veterans, fewer take into account the family unit that is quite likely the most important part of a veteran’s daily life. Dave Frey took note of this fact while operating the Veterans Charity Ride. The ride itself takes wounded and amputee veterans on the ride of a lifetime, but also has a lesser-known program called VetFam, which brought some of the vets back with their families.
By Sara Liberte
Was it kismet that we ran into Randy on top of a mountain in Colorado, seemingly at random?? I mean what are the chances this guy served in the same group as some of our veterans on the 2019 Veterans Charity Ride? Yea, that happened, and it blew my mind! We pulled our Fleet of Indian motorcycles and sidecars over to check out the ghost town of Leadville that sits atop Battle Mountain overlooking Eagle Gulch. The area was a thriving mining town back in the early days, but for about a century, the operations poured so many toxic pollutants into the eco-system the EPA declared the area off-limits.
by Johnny Killmore
I like to call it Wind Therapy. It’s the state of mind we all get when, leaving our worries behind, we climb aboard a motorcycle and aim it towards “somewhere.” And despite a lack of clinical research, this concept seems to be known by any motorcycle rider that’s spent much time in the saddle. On the bike is a time when the cell phone and other distractions are set aside, letting you interface with the world around you. Even on a group ride, we are “alone together,” sharing memories during fuel stops or meals.
Veterans Charity Ride takes veterans on a motorcycle therapy journey to Sturgis, SD for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and it does wonders for the veterans. We’ve supported them for a couple years now – here’s another story from 2019
CASTLE VALLEY-BASED NONPROFIT USES MOTORCYCLE THERAPY TO REACH WOUNDED VETERANS
By Doug McMurdo
The Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis began with a ceremony at Swanny Park July 25. The patriotic event featured bagpipes, a color guard from the American Legion in Moab, and the Utah Patriot Guard.
The guests of honor included 104-year-old Moab resident and World War II veteran Kate Thomson, who gamely rode in the sidecar of an Indian motorcycle, and men and women who were wounded in war. Some of the injuries they suffered were obvious. Amputees are hard to miss. Others were not visible at first glance – but those in attendance honored all of them.
BAGGERS: INDIAN MOTORCYCLE TALKS THE TALK WITH ITS SUPPORT OF THE VETERANS CHARITY RIDE TO STURGIS IN 2018
FREEDOM OF THE OPEN ROAD FOR VETERANS
By Bryan Harley
See Source for IMAGES by Bryan Harley: Baggers Article
It’s called moto-therapy, and it’s a concept Indian Motorcycle has embraced since day one, when Dave Frey founded the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis (VCR). Giving veterans healing and hope is a big reason Indian is backing this ride for the fourth year running, providing motorcycles for the group’s eight-day journey to the Sturgis Rally in 2018.