Indianapolis – The American Legion, Department of Indiana Cicero Post 341, Harley Davidson and Renegade Classics hosted 2nd Annual Battle Ride, on Saturday, June 10 to raise funds for disabled veterans.
The charity ride covered 85 miles and raised more than $4,500 for veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and depression, the most common injuries endured by Post 9/11 service members in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
“We wanted to give back to PTSD and TBI veterans because that's an ever growing problem with today's veterans,” said Battle Ride organizer, Cicero post 341 member Dave Baughman. “It's been an ever-growing problem as far back as World War I, but now the problem has come to light and we want to raise funds so these veterans can get help.”
Proceeds were donated to The American Legion’s program Operation Comfort Warriors, a program dedicated to meeting the needs of wounded, injured or ill military personnel by providing them with comfort items not usually supplied by the government. Items include specially designed exercise equipment for the wounded, camaraderie building outdoor excursions and loose fitting garments for veterans recovering from wounds.
A Check was presented to Past National Commander of The American Legion, Indiana’s own Jim Koutz. Koutz helped develop this national program during his command year and continues to advocate for it in Indiana.
"I want to thank you Legion Riders for everything you do, getting out there and raising money for our American Legion programs, especially Operation Comfort Warriors," said Koutz. "It's a program that is dear to me and over the years the Legion Riders have proved that they raise more money out there than anyone."
Northside Harley Davidson hosted a post-ride celebration providing a bike show, live music and a silent auction to benefit veterans. The second annual ride saw a 33% increase in donations and more than doubled in participation.
“The American Legion, Department of Indiana truly appreciates our Legion Riders and all of the hard work they do every year to raise money for veterans,” said Department Cmdr. James B. May. “We’d also like to extend a special thank you to Northside Harley Davidson and Renegade Classics for their support of veterans. Without patriotic sponsors like you, events like these wouldn’t be possible.”
The Indiana, American Legion Riders plan to host the Battle Ride again next year and gain a larger following to help support our wartime veterans. Follow The American Legion, Department of Indiana on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep informed.
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