Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis (VCR) gets combat wounded veterans outside, using motorcycle therapy, outdoor adventure activities and camaraderie to help heal the wounds of war. The theme for the 2021 ride to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is America, Get Out and Ride.
Being cooped up and kept apart over the past year and a half has exacted a toll on nearly everyone and the veteran community in particular. With that in mind, Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis has taken on a Special Mission; Get as many veterans out riding by inviting them to join the ride at specific stops along the route and culminating in the largest group of veterans riding into Sturgis to open the 81st Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Motorcycle Therapy Program for Wounded and Amputee Veterans and their Partners offer Veterans Nationwide the opportunity to ride together to America's largest Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota
Indian Motorcycle and Veterans Charity Ride Mark 7th Annual Motorcycle Therapy Adventure to Sturgis (from Yahoo Finance)
Returning Combat Veterans Use "Motorcycle Therapy" to Rehabilitate with Help from Veteran Non-Profit Organization
MOAB, Utah, July 07, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Indian Motorcycle®, America’s First Motorcycle Company, today announced its continued support and sponsorship of the seventh annual Veterans Charity Ride (VCR) to Sturgis. The two have partnered with the initiative of "America Get Out & Ride" while using motorcycle therapy to support combat veterans’ transition to civilian life.
The theme for Veterans Charity Ride (VCR) to Sturgis 2020 was “Service Before Self” (a belief held by most veterans). This theme was very timely considering the COVID-19 issues we’ve all dealt with since last March.
Service Before Self and giving back to others has always been a key element of our VCR program. This activity has an incredibly healing effect on our veterans and this year it was even more important for us and the communities we rode through.
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.