8,000 US service personnel succumb to suicide each year as a result of
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In fact, more veterans lose their life
by their own hands than die in combat. Motorcycle Relief Project and the
BMW Motorcycle Owners of America hope to change that!
This fall, the MOA Getaways will support Motorcycle Relief Project in their effort to assimilate returning veterans and their struggles to find normalcy. At each of the MOA Getaways in Coeur d’ALene, Idaho, St. George, Utah, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Black River Falls, Wisconsin, and Marble Falls, Texas, the MOA will sponsor silent auctions on Saturday night to benefit Motorcycle Relief Project. Money raised from the silent auctions will pay the tuition of returning US military personnel to participate in Relief Rides with program sessions that are nothing short of life changing.
You can help by attending an MOA Getaway. The MOA’s vendor partners will have many valuable items up for grabs and all the proceeds from the auction will be donated to Motorcycle Relief Project. That’s not all. The MOA will also designate 5% of the registration fees from each Getaway to Motorcycle Relief Project.
MOA members will still have a chance to win free door prizes. Silent auction items will be above and beyond any prizes or incentives already announced, including a chance to win a free BMW MOA life membership and a Beach’s Alpine Sampler Tour.
Support our veterans and have some fun riding with MOA members in the process. Put an MOA Getaway on your calendar and join the fun. Fall locations include Colorado Springs, Coeur d’Alene, Black River Falls, St. George and Marble Falls. Registration is available for each location at bmwmoa.org under the “events” tab.
says... Posted Saturday, September 10, 2016
I want to clarify that we serve more than just veterans who served recently. We have had several Vietnam era veterans as participants on our rides, as well as veterans who served during the Cold War, Panama, Somalia, etc. We get more applicants than we can accommodate, so we obviously can't accept everyone who applies. But we take veterans from any era. We evaluate based on many factors and try to put together groups that include a broad mix of ages. We had two Vietnam era veterans on our last ride. Hope that clarifies. Tom Larson, founder, MRP
I 2nd Carl Menge's suggestion: " The program might consider opening this up to more than just the folks that recently served. I have some retirees that would benefit from the interaction." Vet from the Vietnam Era got no respect back then and are largely forgotten today. A little appreciation and "open doors" would go a long way. More are still hurting more than shows and more than you might realize.
// Stopwatch //
says... Posted Thursday, September 01, 2016
Great to hear this. As a prior service member myself I appreciate this. The program might consider opening this up to more than just the folks that recently served. I have some retirees that would benefit from the interaction.
If any of the events are near me I'll donate the photography time let me know.
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