by Johnny Killmore
Photos courtesy of Sara Liberte
The rumbling of 20 motorcycles on the open highway is a hell of a lot better than the rumble of diesel engines as you convoy through a war zone, but the sounds do bring similar emotions. You have a team of people you need to trust, because they are in formation with you and need to mind their blindspots. The enemy is unseen when on convoy, and on the road you don’t know which distracted driver will be the one to encroach on your lane. And when you’re driving through Utah in August, there’s the heat…so much heat.
But unlike convoys in Iraq, the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis (VCR) is something to look forward to and not dread. Now in year number six, this was my fourth time piloting a sidecar for the ride photographer as we took wounded and amputee veterans out for some wind therapy to the biggest biker rally in the world. This year would be different in many ways, but the biggest change would be due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On the outset we weren’t sure how things would play out, but it turned out to be more of a blessing than a curse. The roads were less crowded, we had no mass gatherings (which can be exhausting for people with PTSD), and we even had a volunteer chef riding with us to make meals.
BY Anya Mueller
STURGIS, S.D. — The Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis (VCR) is a veteran-operated, non-profit organization that uses “motorcycle therapy” to get vets outdoors and connect them with a strong network of other veterans to help them adjust back into civilian life.
They have custom-built motorcycles and sidecars for disabled veterans to operate.
By Joshua Carney
By Beacon Senior News
The Veterans Charity Ride (VCR) is a veteran-operated nonprofit that uses “motorcycle therapy” to get vets outdoors and connect them with a strong network of other veterans.
A group of 15 veterans will ride into town Tuesday afternoon as part of Veterans Charity Ride, delivering much-need personal protection equipment to Memorial Regional Health and VFW Post 4265.