The Warrior Foundation issued a press release on the 2013 Injured Warrior Appreciation Run today. Below is the full release.
IRVINE and SAN DIEGO, Calif. – August 19, 2013 – The Orange Coast Chapter of the Harley Owners Group (OCHOG) is now recruiting riders for the Injured Warrior Appreciation Run, a unique group ride to U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton that raises funds for Warrior Foundation~Freedom Station. Since 2004, the non-profit Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station has provided critical assistance to military men and women who have been injured in Afghanistan and Iraq. From transitional housing and quality-of-life items to numerous support services, the non-profit organization provides a hand up to warriors and their families during recovery. These military heroes are now recovering at Southern California military medical centers such as Naval Medical Center San Diego, Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital and 29 Palms. Rider registration is now open at www.injuredwarriorride.com.
For the second year in a row, Orange County Harley-Davidson is sponsoring OCHOG’s efforts to raise funds through the Injured Warrior Appreciation Run. Harley-Davidson family legend Karen Davidson is also expected to return as the ride’s Grand Marshal. Last year, over 350 riders made the journey from Harley-Davidson in Irvine to Camp Pendleton, raising over $18,000 for the foundation. This year, the Injured Warrior Appreciation Run hopes to dramatically increase the number of participants and provide even more funds to help this worthy cause,
“The Orange Coast HOG chapter is thrilled to join forces again with Warrior Foundation~Freedom Station to create an unforgettable ride event that raises funds for injured service members,” said Kim Kohlenberger, Director, Orange Coast HOG chapter. “Many of us are very proud to have family members who are veterans. We are so passionate about this opportunity to show our appreciation for our men and women in uniform, whose courage and sacrifice give us the freedoms we all enjoy.”
The Injured Warrior Appreciation Ride is an escorted ride that takes place on Friday, November 1. It will depart from Orange County Harley-Davidson at 9:30 a.m. en route to Camp Pendleton. The ride will be specially escorted by Fueled by the Fallen, a nonprofit group that has created Memorial Race Cars inscribed with the names of fallen service members. The 9/11 Angel Cruiser Series is a group of five Chevrolet Camaros that proudly displays the names of all the heroes who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. To commemorate America’s heroes, a special crest graces the hoods of the Angel Cruiser Series.
The ride will make its way down the 5 freeway to Camp Pendleton and be met by a military color guard. Riders will have a unique opportunity to travel through 24 miles of Camp Pendleton’s beautiful backcountry before having have lunch courtesy of Baby Roo’s BBQ and visiting with the injured warriors. A special ceremony honoring the brave men and women who have served for our country will conclude the event.
Rider registration is now open online at www.injuredwarriorride.com through October 31. Fees are $30 for a single rider and $25 for a passenger. Tickets include lunch, a commemorative pin (for the first 500 riders) and an Injured Warrior Appreciation Run t-shirt. All proceeds donated to Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station are tax-deductible. Ride-day registration will also be available.
About Warrior Foundation~Freedom Station
The Warrior Foundation~Freedom Station vows to be the leading force in assisting, honoring and supporting the military men and women who have so bravely served and sacrificed for our country. We are committed to supporting our warriors in a variety of ways, providing quality-of-life items and numerous support services designed to assist them and their families during recovery.
The Warrior Foundation~Freedom Station assists four main groups of warriors: the Seriously Injured (SI) just returning home from war; those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI); those undergoing physical or occupational therapy, and warriors who have been medically retired and remain in our community. To serve this last group in particular, Warrior Foundation~Freedom Station pioneered a new approach and opened Freedom Station – a unique recovery transition center and housing facility that provides injured warriors with the acclimation time, guidance and resources to successfully make the transition from military service to civilian life. The Warrior Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization operated by an all-volunteer staff. For more information, visit www.warriorfoundation.org.