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 2019 riding season, this small family nonprofit put a total of ELEVEN injured Wisconsin Veteran riders back on the road. We work year round to raise funds for bikes and because of your support, we will be gifting FIVE Harleys in 2020. Stay tuned!
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OUR LAST BIKE GIFTING OF 2020: This one wasn’t planned! We rolled into 2020 with plans to return the gift of healing freedom to four injured WI Veteran riders. A stunning $16,000 donation was given to us by the CVMA 45-3 Chapter in the Fox Valley in February, and we hoped to add one more…until, COVID. Events were cancelled, donations nearly stopped, and fundraising came to halt. We didn’t think we’d raise the remainder until Sloppy Joe’s Saloon and Spoon held a Poker Run in June for us and raised $6,200…allowing a fifth bike to be gifted at a time when support and healing are more important than ever. Enter our next recipient, the last of 2020, and our 16th overall to have had their lives impacted by your generosity in just four seasons of gifting bikes— a giant leap from our goal of one a year. Unlike our typically private approach to notifying recipients, we surprised #16 by taking the stage at the U.S. Military Vets MC “Fire For Effect” Veteran’s fundraiser where he was working… and surrounded by Brotherhood. Lots of tears, just sayin’.
This year has been incredibly challenging for so many, for a variety of reasons and, of course, at different levels of impact. Not all struggles are the same, but all are struggling at some level. Nonprofit’s are no different and we, too, have been affected by this pandemic. We anticipate a leaner year of gifting motorcycles in 2021…but hope for two giftings in 2021. The way we figure it, if we can change just two more deserving Veteran lives then we, as a community, are still far better off and our collective efforts will be worth it.
MEET OUR “SWEET 16” RECIPIENT: Jarred West of Fond du Lac, WI spent almost 13 years in the Army National Guard before being medically discharged with PTSD. He’s been a fighter his entire life—through a difficult childhood, two combat deployments and life decisions that caused him to lose everything. He fought to rebuild, for himself and his family, and after selling his motorcycle 5 years ago, he’s fought to get back on the road and keep riding in his life. Learn how he fought to move forward and read his story here. Jarred searched the state’s dealerships to find the preowned Street Glide Special he wanted, and when his dream landed on the showroom floor of Uke’s Harley-Davidson in Kenosha, WI, they helped us fit his dream into our budget!
NOT THAT LONG AGO #15 RETURNED TO THE ROAD!: Our 15th Veteran to receive a Harley is Staff Sergeant Trent Endicott, Sr., a Marine Veteran from Wisconsin Dells! Trent spent five of his nearly eleven years in service as a Marine Force Reconnaissance Team Member. He loved everything about his job and had plans for a longer military career until the toll of five different Traumatic Brain Injuries caused him to suffer two strokes at age 29. Learn how he fought though his life change and catch his story here. Trent picked out a killer, 2018 Street Glide Special in matte white and Reel Brother’s H-D in Mauston gave us a super sweet deal on this loaded beauty!
COOLEST BREAKING NEWS YET… We have a beer! On July 1, 2020, the partnership efforts of Capital Brewery and The Tavern League of Wisconsin rolled out a special, seasonal creation to express their deep gratitude to Veterans and desire to support those who have served. See a flyer here!
They have chosen to support Hogs For Heroes and we will benefit from a portion of this beers profits! The Golden Ale is crisp and refreshing…and has a beautifully designed patriotic can perfectly reflecting our unique, healing mission. Find it in liquor and grocery stores that sell Wisconsin’s awesome Capital Brewery beer products and ask your favorite bars and restaurants to bring it in. What a super cool Wisconsin style win-win! #HONORED #DRINKBEERFORACAUSE
NEWS: Sergeant First Class, Todd Richer, an Army Veteran from Sheboygan, WI was our 14th Veteran to return to the road. On July 11, 2020, Todd received his keys to a beautiful Kinetic Green 2019 H-D Street Glide, a color that reminds him of his beloved Army Green. Todd served for over 22 years in a combination of Army Reserves, Navy and Army National Guard during which he deployed to combat zones on three different tours. He has chosen to continue serving his fellow brothers and sisters by working as an Assistant Country Veterans Service Officer in Sheboygan County. Read Todd’s full story here.
SUPER COOL NEWS: Our Founding Family was surprised this past November by our Recipients and their spouses, along with our Advisory Board and their spouses, at a family party they pulled together to honor and thank us! NBC15 Madison was on hand to capture the surprise moment and then tell us we had been selected for their “Making A Difference” Award. This beautiful piece was created and narrated by NBC News Anchor John Stofflet and his skilled team, and features our first recipient, Sun Prairie Marine Scott Kruchten. Catch the video here.
LEARN ABOUT PAST RECIPIENTS! Miss the stories of our past Recipients? Catch them below by simply clicking on the Veteran’s name button.
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
Veteran 10: Cutler
Veteran 11: Provencher
Veteran 12: Swaney
Veteran 13: Buchanan
Veteran 14: Richter
Veteran 15: Endicott
Veteran 16: West