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WHAT WE DO
Veterans Charity Ride (VCR) is a non-profit organization that delivers Motorcycle Therapy and additional life changing, life saving holistic programs specifically designed to assist wounded and amputee combat veterans with their needs and the issues they deal with on a daily basis. Helping our fellow veterans through outreach, action, activities, education and follow-up is what drives our organization.
Our successful actions that have proven to help veterans who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and problems with re-assimilation into civilian life, is to: a) provide them a safe environment with fellow veterans and people they can trust, b) give them outdoor activities that are motivating, enjoyable, challenging and of interest to them, c) introduce them to and educate them on holistic healthy natural alternatives, and d) assist them with rehabilitating their own personal goals and purposes.
The end result of our program is a healthier and happier, more capable individual, who is now living life in a much better physical and mental condition, and able to help and support other veterans to do the same.
Veterans Charity Ride Program:
1. MCT – Motorcycle Therapy Rides & Excursions. VCR takes small groups of wounded and amputee veterans on therapeutic motorcycle and sidecar rides and excursions throughout the year. https://veteranscharityride.org/watch-our-videos/
2.WELL VET – Veteran Health and Wellness Program. WELL VET is a healthy nutritious diet plan (tailored to the veterans individual needs), combined with physical therapy, exercise and twice daily holistic Kaqun oxygen water therapy treatments for the alleviation of stress, physical pain, and to get the body and mind back into a healthy condition. Certified health and wellness coaches work directly with our veterans on a daily basis for the first 5 weeks, continuing weekly and monthly for as long as needed. https://veteranscharityride.org/vcrs-well-vet-program/
3. MOTO DONO – Veteran Motorcycle Donation Program. Industry Partners and the general public donate new and used motorcycles and ATVs to VCR and receive a tax deduction. VCR refurbishes and modifies (when needed) the motorcycles/ATV’s and donates them to deserving veterans. https://veteranscharityride.org/veterans-charity-ride-jay-leno-surprise-deserving-veteran/
HISTORY OF THE RIDE & PROGRAM
STARTED BY VETERANS FOR VETERANS
The ride and program was conceived and developed by veteran Army Airborne Paratrooper, Dave Frey, while riding solo to the Sturgis Bike Rally in 2014. Along the way he met a fellow Paratrooper and they talked about fellow veterans that were returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and the difficult time so many are having with severe injuries, Post Traumatic Stress and adjusting to civilian life after their war experiences.
Thousands have been severely wounded, some with amputations, many with psychological injuries like Post Traumatic Stress and other physical injuries that you cannot see like Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
On the ride back home Dave couldn’t stop thinking about his fellow veterans and wanted to do something special for them and make a difference in their lives. Then it hit him…let’s use motorcycles to help our veterans. (Dave was born into the family motorcycle business, he grew up on motorcycles, it’s in his blood, he’s been riding for 50 years and knows the impact and value of Motorcycle Therapy.)
Dave reached out to his film producing partner Robert Manciero, Emmy Award winning producer/director and told him about his ideas. They came up with the concept of a ride which would include the therapeutic effects of riding a motorcycle aka, Motorcycle Therapy and create an adventure of a lifetime for wounded veterans. At the same time they would film the ride so the message could be shared with as many veterans as possible.
Needing bikes, sidecars and support, Dave contacted Indian Motorcycles and Craig Arrojo, President of Champion Sidecars. After explaining the program and their needs, both companies said an emphatic, “Yes, we’re in!”
Thus the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis was born!
RIDE TO STURGIS BIKE RALLY
We take wounded and amputee veterans on motorcycles, sidecars and trikes on an epic journey to the Sturgis Bike Rally in South Dakota. Since 2015 dozens of veterans have made the trip on Indian motorcycles and custom built Champion sidecars. In 2019 we will begin the ride from Salt Lake City and spend over a week riding on America’s most beautiful roads, getting to know each other and helping each other with Motorcycle Therapy. The shared experiences of serving brings them together, veteran to veteran to help each other heal. We also show the Veterans just how much their service means to America, by stopping in small towns along the way to meet the grateful people of our nation who want to celebrate these brave men and women. Along the way we surprise the riders with excursions and meet with interesting and inspiring people.
Once in Sturgis, we ride the iconic Black Hills, attend events and concerts giving the Veterans the unique “Sturgis Experience”.
This simple concept, born out of a cross-country ride and a big purpose to help veterans is now a nationally recognized program.
VCR to Sturgis 2016 Short Film
VIDEO: MARK WAHLBERG ON VCR
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