The second annual Veterans Charity Ride kicked off Saturday en route to this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.
Sponsored by Indian Motorcycle, the Veterans Charity Ride offers a select number of wounded and amputee veterans the chance to experience the benefits of motorcycle therapy –– allowing individuals the opportunity to get outdoors, ride the open road with the wind in their face, and talk about their experiences while serving in the military so they can experience life and living again.
The ride was started by former Army Paratrooper Dave Frey, who came up with the idea while taking his own solo ride across the country. Upon returning from the trip, he called upon the help of his business partner, Emmy-award-winning producer and director Robert Manciero, to help bring the idea to fruition.
The Veterans Charity Ride group will spend nine days meandering from Los Angeles to Sturgis, South Dakota. They are expecting to arrive at Sturgis’ famous rally this Sunday. Along the way, they’ll pass through some of the most spectacular scenic back roads of Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota.
This year sees more than a dozen veterans taking part in the ride, each with his or her own very unique tale – many suffering not just physical injury from their military experience but also the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.
To learn more about the event and to follow the veterans’ progress visit the Veterans Charity Ride website.