Indian Gearing Up For Veterans Charity Ride to SturgisIndian Motorcycle is putting together final preparations for its annual Veterans Charity Ride...
Indian Motorcycle is putting together final preparations for its annual Veterans Charity Ride to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Each year, a number of wounded and amputee veterans are selected to experience the ride and heal with motorcycle therapy. It’s anotdoor, interactive therapy that helps individuals clear their heads and start talking about their experiences so they can experience life and living again.
The veterans leave from Los Angeles and spend nine days riding some of the United States’ most beautiful roads, getting to know each other and helping each other heal from the traumas experienced during military action. For 2016, some 20 deserving veterans and veteran mentors will join the ride.
A number of celebrities have expressed their support of the ride, including Jay Leno and Mark Wahlberg.
“I’m so grateful to the participants in this year’s ride and all our veterans for their service to our country,” said Wahlberg. “This ride is a wonderful opportunity to support each other and enjoy the natural beauty of this great nation.”
The Veterans Charity Ride was conceived and developed by veteran Army Paratrooper David Frey and Emmy Award-winning producer and director Robert Manciero of Full Vision Productions, leveraging the therapeutic effects of motorcycle riding to create an adventure of a lifetime for wounded veterans.
“The shared experience of serving brings us together, veteran to veteran, to help each other heal,” said Frey. “We also show the veterans just how much their service means to America by stopping in small towns along the way to meet the people of our nation who want to celebrate these brave men and women.”
Towns along their route include Las Vegas, Moab, Utah, Denver, and Hot Springs, South Dakota. Once in Sturgis, the veterans spend the week of the rally riding the Black Hills, attending events and taking part in the ultimate “Sturgis Experience.”
“Indian Motorcycle has a long and proud heritage of supporting the U.S. military and our troops,“ said Marketing Director Reid Wilson. “And we are pleased to continue that tradition as a part of this noble and worthwhile initiative.”
To learn more about the ride visit the Veterans Charity Ride page on Indian’s website.