About Us

Founding Board

Kevin and Audra, Craig and Michelle. Two brothers and their wives. Two ride and two don’t. All four solid Wisconsinites. Parents to a collective mass of five amazing people. One lawyer, one nurse, one lobbyist, one communications specialist. Not one of us served, but all are grateful to those who have protected our freedoms, and continue to do so, on our behalf.

Looking to combine two long time passions of Veteran support and motorcycle riding, Kevin had been looking for a way to make a large, impactful difference in a small number of lives rather than a slight difference across many. In the fall of 2014, he read an article on the therapeutic benefits of motorcycle ownership amongst Veterans with PTSD, particularly when faced with different challenges upon returning to civilian life.  Choosing to specifically focus on Wisconsin Veterans, Kevin’s vision came to life and Hogs for Heroes was born.

Working in conjunction with everyday citizens, businesses and other veteran’s organizations, we have already seen tremendous results for Wisconsin Veterans. Hogs for Heroes is truly a grassroots effort, impacting the lives of our veterans and those that support them.

Please join us on our journey as we continue to positively impact the life of another deserving Veteran rider.

Our Advisory Board

Enlisting volunteer members of our community, an Advisory Board collaborates with and provides direction to our Founding Board in three primary areas:

  1. Participate in decision making as it pertains to the selection of a Veteran candidate in the gifting process.
  2. Advise on any operational or strategic matters brought to them by the Founding Board.
  3. Serve as community liaisons, fundraising advocates and organizational ambassadors for Hogs For Heroes throughout the state of Wisconsin.
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Latest News

Hogs For Heroes started in the spring of 2015 with the goal of giving one bike a year. Instead, with the close of 2018’s riding season, this small family nonprofit will have put a total of SEVEN injured Wisconsin Veteran riders back on the road —in just slightly over two years! We are hard at work for next year already and are hoping to gift two more bikes 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!

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BREAKING NEWS: Vietnam Veteran, Marine Sergeant John Giese of Elkhorn, WI has been selected as our latest recipient of a Harley-Davidson! John is our SEVENTH Veteran in just over two years to receive our healing gift of freedom. John knew exactly what he wanted when we went shopping: he chose a 2018 H-D Heritage Softail Classic in gorgeous Twisted Cherry. Learn John’s story here.

Many thanks to Boardtracker Harley-Davidson in Janesville for their incredible enthusiasm for our mission and their amazing generosity! They are will be hosting our “Presentation of Keys” Ceremony on Saturday, August 25 at 1:30. Make it a destination ride and hang at their Boardtracker Block Party experience from 11-4 and enjoy music, food, vendors and general biker fun! See John’s gifting event information here and check out Boardtracker’s event here

EXCITING NEWS!   Marine Sergeant Brian Russow of Clintonville, WI was chosen as our SIXTH recipient. Brian received his bike at an awesome celebration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson in Green Bay, WI on August 4, 2018. Brian picked out a 2018 H-D Heritage Softail Classic 114 in Silver Forturne… and has been riding (almost) every day since. Learn Brian’s story here.

NEWS! Army Veteran Jon Vandeyacht of Omro, WI was selected as our FIFTH recipient of a Harley-Davidson! Jon received a beautiful 1998 H-D Electra Glide Ultra Classic with matching H-D Side Car. This set is in exceptional condition with less than 5,000 miles on her, was donated by Scott Panzer, from Connecticut, whose dream was to see an injured Veteran regain the ability to ride.  We were thrilled to make that happen for Jon on May 5, 2018.   Jon’s been riding nonstop since, with his wife noting “It’s almost like he can breathe again”.   Learn Jon’s story here.

NEWS! We are so happy we could select two more Veterans this summer! Putting them both on the road in August, and in close succession, allows them to get as much ride time out of our shorter season as possible. We are already working to raise funds for our next Bike in 2019. Our application period will remain closed… until sometime next winter-early spring. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on our activity and announcements!

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NEW in 2018: Submit your qualified application once and have it considered, alongside new applicants, for every gifting opportunity occurring in that calendar year.

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Ways to Get Involved

Donate…

It is our mission to gift a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for a deserving Wisconsin hero. We are humbled by the donations of our supporters; your generosity makes this vision a reality. You can make a tax-deductible donation here.

Help Raise Money on Your Own…

Because we are a small grassroots organization, we depend on our supporters to spread the word to raise awareness and funds. Consider hosting a third-party event and share your proceeds with Hogs for Heroes.  In the past year, the amount of third-party fundraising events has been incredible, with businesses, clubs and veteran’s groups sending us donations from sponsored rides, golf outings and events.

The list of ideas can be just as creative as you wish: club cook-outs, motorcycle rides, garage sales, golf outings, chili cook-offs, bowling events, bake sales, car washes, brat stands, cafeteria change collections, restaurant dining for causes…The list goes on.  We’d love to post your group’s efforts on our site to help promote the event and your business.

Spread the Word…

Like us, tweet us, post us, copy us, forward us, link us, blast us and just plain talk us up…the more others know what we are doing, the faster we can make the vision happen for our Veterans.

Display Our Brochures…

Have a business that is likely to interact with Veterans, loyal Americans or motorcycle enthusiasts? We would be happy to send you some brochures to display.

Make an In-Kind Donation…

Goods and services allow us to greatly enhance our fundraising and/or advertising possibilities and reduce our operational costs. Large items for raffles, food or drinks for events, printing services or event hosting capabilities—- the list goes on for us and gives you a great tax break along with a marketing presence.

Volunteer Your Time…

It’s hard for us to get around the entire state, that’s where social media and the generosity of others comes into play. Consider sharing your talents, manning a booth, talking to your local community groups, or reaching out to those who may be interested on our behalf.

Invite Us In…

Have a community event or festival coming up that you think would embrace our mission? Have a business, employer or a club that is looking for their next benefactor? Consider inviting us in and providing us with a little space and time on your agenda.

Have Another Idea?

Just contact us – we’d love to hear from you and help make your plan happen!

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Application & Selection Process

Once we have raised sufficient funds to purchase a Harley-Davidson, we open up our application process.  Only during that time,  Wisconsin military Veterans can nominate themselves, or be nominated by someone well known to them.  Selecting one Hero is the most difficult part of the work we do; and yet, the most exciting and rewarding.

Using an application process and an Advisory Board of informed and involved community members, we will select one applicant who meets the following criteria:

Each time we are ready to accept completed applications, the below links will be active and provide you further detail as well as the ability to print off, complete and mail in all the required components. We will use every means at our disposal to “blast out” the good news of our open application period and give you a specific time frame in which to share the opportunity with a qualified candidate and/or complete the process.

Our Advisory Board will meet to review all applications received and postmarked by the deadline date. They will then select one Hero to receive a Harley-Davidson.  We will notify our candidate and work with a local dealership to select the motorcycle best suited for our Veteran’s needs.  We will gift our motorcycle as a symbol of gratitude from the many who contributed at a public event.  Just as we did for the open application process, we will notify our supporters of the gifting celebration so that all may honor our Veteran Hero.

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