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 government employee, 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 came to life in late 2014 with a small family vision and our nonprofit designation. We raised our first dollar in the spring of 2015 and hoped to reach our goal of giving one Harley a year to change one life a year. Right on plan, we gifted our first bike in May of 2016…and with the close of our 2022 riding season, our tiny force had put a total of 31 injured Wisconsin Veteran riders back on the road with a beautiful Harley-Davidson motorcycles that they choose.

Riding is an alternative therapy and our gifts are the tools by which one gains its healing benefits: they are NOT awards for service achievements, popularity or simply thank-you gifts. They are meant to help redirect, if not save, struggling Veteran’s lives by returning them to The Road. The past three years have been tough on everyone and despite this, you, our amazing Supporters, helped us change more lives than we ever thought possible. With your support, we will put another NINE Veterans back on the road during 2023’s riding season. That’s nine more lives fractured in service that will regain peace, freedom and control from riding. That’s nine more families who will benefit from their loved one’s healing gains. And that’s nine more Veterans that will reconnect with the supportive brotherhood found in riding…all because a motorcycle re-entered their lives.

We work year round to raise funds for bikes and are currently fundraising for our 2024 Giftings. FOLLOW US & SHARE US on Facebook—this is how we communicate most news! The more others know what we’re doing, the faster we can make our vision a healing reality for another injured WI Veteran rider.


NEXT UP: #36 Chad Caso of New Glarus, WI, has had a life filled with adversity and hard hits. Signing with the Army one month before 9/11 dealt him a hand he wasn’t expecting and sent him to war just 15 months later. As an Abrams Tank Crewman his unit was the first to roll out of Kuwait and invade Iraq, clearing a path for fellow U.S. Forces to enter, take over and establish footholds. The sights, the sounds and the things he did in war left an indelible mark on his life…but it was the debilitating grip that PTSD took on Chad, and those he loved, that he still fights every single day. Part of Chad’s healing was to learn to ride and it created a passion and release his soul longs to regain. Hogs For Heroes felt it was time someone fight for Chad and selected him to be our next Recipient to receive our gift and regain the healing found in wind therapy. You can read more about Chad’s story of struggle and perseverance by clicking here.

Chad’s bike was fully paid for by the 2022 fundraising efforts of the Sloppy Joes & Smoke on The Water Ride & Festival for us…so we will be presenting our gift in front of the crowd that made it possible at this years event! Join us for the SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2023 Sloppy Joes & Smoke on The Water Benefit Ride & Music Festival for Hogs For Heroes! Chad’s PRESENTATION OF KEYS WILL BE AT 4:00 PM. Click here for the flier!


#35 GOT HIS OWN WHEELS: Army National Guard Veteran Derek Gagne, of Seymour, WI received his set of keys on 5/13/23 to a beautiful 2021 H-D Street Glide, fully sponsored by Wisconsin’s International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 139. With injuries incurred in less than four months in Iraq, this two-time Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal Recipient successfully adapted to his “new normal” with a below knee amputation on his right leg, a partial amputation on his left foot, the loss of vision in one eye and a new nose. Part of that return to normal included learning how to ride again and regaining his endorsement. He rode his wife’s Softail to perfect his skills, but life on their hobby farm has made saving for his own bike difficult. That’s where we came in. Read Derek’s story of courage and determination here. Read Derek’s story of courage and determination here .


IT WAS A GIFTING TRIFECTA! On May 6, Derby Day no less, we came out of our own gate by putting THREE injured Wisconsin Veterans back on the road with three beautiful Iron Horses! What a way to kick off our seventh year of gifting Harleys as the tool to redirect struggling lives! Marine Veteran Tim Bahr of Crandon, WI is #32 chose a 2017 H-D Tri Glide, Army Veteran Mike Erickson of Oconto, WI is #33 and selected a 2018 H-D Ultra Limited, and Army Veteran Paul Kruse of Green Bay,WI, #34, chose a 2021 H-D Road Glide. Each found their perfect fits at Doc’s Harley-Davidson in Bonduel, WI. Catch their individual stories on the Veteran Buttons below.


CATCH OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER!  Find out the latest happenings and updates in our most recent Hogs for Heroes newsletter.  Read it here!


LEARN ABOUT PAST RECIPIENTS! Miss the stories of our past Recipients?  Catch them below by simply clicking on the Veteran’s name button.


UNBELIEVABLE NEWS:  Fox News and their Fox & Friends First morning program flew a crew out, with Anchor Todd Piro, to interview our Hogs For Heroes family and recipients as we handed over our 18th set of keys to Marine Veteran Rick Erickson on May 23, 2021.  National attention?  Us?  UNBELIEVABLE!  Take a few minutes to watch this compassionate production on our mission’s efforts and impact by clicking here.


SUPER COOL NEWS: Once again, our Recipients came up with a way to express their appreciation for the healing gifts you made possible in their lives. In addition to the decals they previously made, they recently chose to have license plates that designate their gifting number for those who want them. Watch for WI motorcycle plates on the road that read H4H 1-31 (i.e. H4H 6), with hopefully more numbers to come. And please note, Hogs For Heroes does not ask Recipients to tag their beautiful bikes (or themselves) in any way. They choose to do it.


THE “THIS JUST DOESN’T GET OLD” NEWS: In November 2019, our Founding Family was surprised by a party our Recipients, their spouses and our Board members threw to honor us. We still choke up over this. NBC15 Madison was on hand to capture the surprise moment and tell us our nonprofit had been selected for their regional “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. And the cherry on top… it won a coveted Edward J. Muir journalism award in 2020.  Catch the video here.

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.

Ways to Get Involved


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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