Minneapolis, MN – Indian Motorcycle®, a revered player in the American motorcycle landscape, recently declared its ninth consecutive year of association with the Veterans Charity Ride (VCR).
This ongoing collaboration underscores Indian Motorcycle‘s commitment to supporting veterans, particularly those navigating the physical and mental challenges associated with transitioning back into civilian life after active service.
Building on the momentum of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May, Indian Motorcycle and VCR will once again earmark June as Veteran Motorcycle Therapy Month. This dedicated month will launch three distinct motorcycle therapy programs, custom-tailored to meet the varied needs of participating veterans.
The VCR program’s strength lies in its inclusivity and adaptability. It caters to veterans from diverse backgrounds and across military branches, many of whom are managing life as amputees, paraplegics, or grappling with post-traumatic stress and other mental health conditions.
By establishing a nurturing environment, the VCR program empowers veterans to share their experiences and tackle their challenges head-on, drawing on the sense of camaraderie inherent to the military community.
For many riders, including veterans, motorcycle riding is the least stressful method of getting to work. The emotional impact of the motorcycle’s exhaust notes is an undeniable experience as you ride. But these are just mundane benefits compared to what this program strives to offer.
The VCR goes beyond those obvious benefits and seeks to truly help veterans. We’ve highlighted past studies that demonstrate the mental and physical benefits of motorcycling for all riders. The same therapeutic power of motorcycle riding forms the backbone of these programs being offered in June.
Veterans are introduced to the unique feeling of freedom and control that motorcycle riding offers, contributing to personal growth and emotional healing.
Veteran Motorcycle Therapy Month will begin in Salt Lake City, Utah, on May 30, and conclude in Moab, Utah, on June 30. Over this month, veterans will embark on motorcycle therapy rides across the scenic backroads of Utah, Arizona, and Colorado.
They will participate in team-building exercises and outdoor adventure activities. They will also engage in crucial veteran-to-veteran discussions.
One veteran poised to experience the transformational power of motorcycle therapy firsthand is Jeremy Breece. A double amputee, Breece first joined a VCR ride last year as a sidecar passenger. This year, in a testament to the healing power of motorcycling, VCR will gift Breece a modified Indian Scout with a VCR sidecar, allowing him to return to the road and continue his healing journey.
VCR, created by veteran Army Paratrooper Dave Frey, is eager to return for another year of motorcycle therapy with the support of Indian Motorcycle. Frey says, “We’re excited to return for another year of motorcycle therapy with support from Indian Motorcycle, as so many of our vets used to ride before their injuries and thought they would never ride again.”
Those interested in supporting the Veterans Charity Ride, learning more about the initiative, or wishing to donate can visit veteranscharityride.org.