Hogs For Heroes started in the spring of 2015 with the goal of giving one bike a year. Right on plan, we gifted our first bike in May of 2016…and with the close of the 2018 riding season, this small family nonprofit put a total of EIGHT injured Wisconsin Veteran riders back on the road. We work year round to raise funds for bikes and anticipate gifting three Harleys in 2019. Stay tuned! Follow Us & Share Us on Facebook and Twitter—this is where we share the majority of our announcements and communications. The more others know about what we’re doing, the faster we can make our vision a reality for another injured Veteran rider.
BREAKING NEWS: Army Veteran Jason Sokel of Menasha, Wisconsin was selected to receive our second gift of a Harley-Davidson and the healing benefits of wind therapy! This is #9…and counting, in just 3 years! Jason last rode a Sportster four years ago…and picked out a two-tone red 2019 Road King to help him regain the healing power of motorcycling in his fractured life. Learn Jason’s story here.
And get this spin on things… the Hogs For Heroes team was SHOCKED to walk into Appleton Harley-Davidson and have their staff recognize our mugs! The overwhelming support and enthusiasm didn’t stop there— the entire AHD team embraced our mission, super-stretched our dollars to make our Veteran’s dream come true and offered to throw the gifting event to help us fundraise for the next bike and Veteran pairing!
JOIN US! Jason’s Gifting Celebration will be on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Appleton Harley-Davidson in Appleton WI from 11-1. The Presentation of Keys Ceremony will begin at 11:30. Come hang and grab a lunch as AHD serves out of The Shed (their replica of the 1903 Harley-Davidson factory!)…with lunch proceeds going straight to Hogs For Heroes! Two wheels or four, rain or shine, it doesn’t matter— we’d love to have your join us as we change the life of another Veteran rider and honor the gratitude we have for all Veterans. See details for Jason’s gifting event here.
REMINDER: Our last application period of 2019 is OPEN! We are accepting applications from May 18, 2019 through June 29, 2019. Instructions and application materials can be obtained from our website’s “Application & Selection” page— be sure to click on the expansion arrow to find them.
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NEWS: Marine Veteran Robert Thiede of Fond du Lac, WI was selected as our first recipient of a Harley-Davidson in 2019. Rob is our EIGHTH Veteran to return to the road and gain the healing benefits of motorcycling in exactly three years! Many thanks to our friends at Open Road Harley-Davidson in Fond du Lac for their amazing generosity and endearing support of our mission. Learn Rob’s story here.
HEARTWARMING NEWS—PAYING IT FORWARD: The very night that Rob Thiede received the keys to his sweet 2017 Road Glide Special from us, he met another Veteran Brother who was struggling and, unable to afford a motorcycle, was missing the freedom, peace and brotherhood that being on the road once provided him. Only 4 hours after meeting him, Rob handed his new friend the keys to his 33 year-old bike–duct tape, zip ties, broken parts and all— so that he could find a little bit of the wind therapy he desperately needed. That there kind of love and support…that is why we do what we do at Hogs For Heroes.
AGAIN IN 2019: Submit your qualified application once and have it considered, alongside new applicants, for every gifting opportunity occurring in that calendar year.
COOL NEWS: Vietnam Veteran, Marine John Giese of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, was our last 2018 Veteran to receive a Harley-Davidson and return to the road. This spring the 70 year-old Purple Heart recipient rode 2000 miles with his Purple Heart Riders brothers to Branson, Missouri for their national convention. And this May, he’ll put on another 2000+ miles with his Brothers to attend the last Rolling Thunder gathering in Washington D.C. While there, this Vietnam Vet will honor his fallen comrades, our POWs and MIAs, and all who have served. THAT is simply spectacular…and one more example of the many healing opportunities our gift provides. Learn John’s story here.
SHOUTOUT: The first bike gifted from Hogs for Heroes in 2019 was made possible because of the fundraising efforts of the Purple Heart Riders of Wisconsin, who tirelessly worked to raise $20,000 in the last 1.5 years. The Purple Heart Riders of Wisconsin are a motorcycle association comprised of Veteran Riders who received a Purple Heart in service to our country. Thank you PHR-WI and the many generous donors who shared with them. We are deeply honored by your support.
WEDNESDAY BIKE NIGHTS ARE BACK IN MADISON! Point Burger Bar (the old Quaker Steak and Lube) is working hard to give area riders a place to hang again. We are honored to have their support and be the beneficiaries of their charitable VIP parking and booth placement. Come hang with friends old and new on Wednesdays, May 1 through August 28. Click here to check out this list of awesome bands that will be rocking the lot from 6-930!
SAVE THE DATES FOR THESE FUN RIDES! Mark your calendar for fundraising rides benefitting Hogs for Heroes in 2019, including:
Veteran 1: Kruchten
Veteran 2: Tinsley
Veteran 3: Kvitek
Veteran 4: Bentley
Veteran 5: Vandeyacht
Veteran 6: Russow
Veteran 7: Giese
Veteran 8: Thiede
Veteran 9: Sokel