BUILDING MOTORCYCLES FOR VETERANS
By Dave Groomes Area Coordinator/Estrella Resident
The Combat Hero Bike Build non-profit organization was started in 2013 by a couple of friends who wanted to help severely injured Veterans heal by building motorcycles for them. Having and caring for a motorcycle is a way for Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to forget problems and just concentrate on riding. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, or war/combat. The organization modifies donated motorcycles so that a Veteran without limbs is able to operate the cycle. The cycles are one-of-a-kind, custom-built with one specific Veteran in mind. When complete, the motorcycles are valued from $45,000 to $75,000 each. Combat Hero Bike Build operates without a staff; Veterans come forward to volunteer to help other Veterans. Approximately 80 percent of the organization’s donated funds contribute to each motorcycle build. The organization pays all airfare for the motorcycle builder to travel; and lodging and airfare for the Veteran and spouse to attend the motorcycle unveiling once the bike is complete. After the unveiling ceremony and celebration, the organization delivers the bike to the Veteran’s home. At times, the organization plans a special surprise at the time of bike delivery. In the past, Combat Hero Bike Build has found a “battle buddy” of the Veteran and has flown that Vet to the unveiling as a surprise to the cycle recipient.
For more information about how you can help build a motorcycle for Veterans, please send a note of interest to Dave Groomer at firstname.lastname@example.org.