We are a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation helping Veterans and First Responders with PTS(D) find hope and healing through motorcycle therapy.
At Motorcycle Missions we understand that much of the post traumatic stress (disorder) paradigm is that the need for purpose, camaraderie, and adrenaline is of the utmost importance. Our hope is to encourage our participants to instill a life-long passion for riding and building motorcycles, that will help them enjoy a happy, healthy, and balanced lifestyle after trauma.
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INDIAN MOTORCYCLE & MOTORCYCLE MISSIONS ANNOUNCE TEXAS-SIZED “MOTORCYCLE THERAPY” BUILD OFF
Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company,and Motorcycle Missions, a non-profit organization that helps veterans and first responders find hope and healing through motorcycle therapy, today announced a motorcycle build-off competition between two groups of veterans and first responders in Dallas and Austin, Texas. The two teams will each design and build a custom Indian Chief Dark Horse to raise money for Motorcycle Missions.Each team consists of members who have formerly served in the military or as first responders, including several branches of the U.S. military and even local Austin and Dallas police and fire departments, for as many as three decades. Though each individual’s story is unique, these groups of heroes were brought together by their shared passion of motorcycles to find healing through this common thread.
“Whether riding or wrenching, Motorcycle Missions bring veterans and first responders together as they work towards one common goal. The trials and tribulations, camaraderie, and life-long friendships are what ‘motorcycle therapy’ is all about,” said Krystal Hess, Motorcycle Missions Founder. “If we can help these heroes get back to living healthy, joyful lives, while instilling them with a passion for motorcycles, we have fulfilled our mission.” Each team’s custom Indian Chief Dark Horse will be revealed on Friday, April 12 at John Paul DeJoria and Gary Spellman’s 17th annual Peace Love Happiness charity weekend benefiting The 100 Club of Central Texas. The 100 Club is devoted to providing immediate financial and emotional assistance to the families of first responders who have been injured or killed in the line of duty. On Saturday, April 13,fans can visit Motorcycle Missions’ and Indian Motorcycle’s Instagram and Facebook channels to vote for their favorite and help crown a winner. Each custom bike will then make its way to the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to be auctioned off on Tuesday, August 6, at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel and Casino, with all proceeds benefitting Motorcycle Missions.
“It’s pretty amazing how Motorcycle Missions has utilized motorcycles and craftsmanship to improve the lives of countless veterans and first responders, facing the challenges often associated with active duty,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. “It truly is an incredible program and we’re proud to support Motorcycle Missions and the veterans and first responders who have put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms.”
Each team is comprised of members who have distinctive histories of service. Among this year’s competitors is Team Dallas’ John Arroyo, Army veteran and survivor of the Fort Hood, Texas shooting in 2014. After recovering from severe wounds, Arroyo received the highest non-combat honor for valor.
Team Austin will be flanked by Robert Richman, a law enforcement official of over 25 years. Richman specialized in multiple disciplines and has helped patrol crimes such as critical incident hostage negotiations, human-trafficking and child abuse.
For more information or to donate to Motorcycle Missions, visit Motorcycle-Missions.org. To vote for your favorite custom, visit Motorcycle Missions’ Instagram and Facebook channels on April 13. To learn more about Indian Motorcycle visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®
Indian Motorcycle Company is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.
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The Testimonials are a series of inspirational interviews and photographs of motorcycle enthusiasts across the country who want to share their story and passion for motorcycles with you. We are all faced with various challenges and demands in our day-to-day lives, and these accounts of how motorcycles have helped other riders find balance will plant a seed and water the soul.
U.S. Army Master Sergeant Alan 'Doc' Cotton
Retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant Alan 'Doc' Cotton spent 23 years of active duty service as a medic with four combat tours. After his final tour he returned home to his family, hoping life would return to normal. Instead, Doc found himself discovering a new way of life, living and coping with Chronic PTSD...until a friend introduced him to motorcycles.
Fast forward 6 years, Doc races motorcycles and is the successful owner of 812 Suspension Design in Round Rock, TX. This is his story of triumph over his PTSD diagnosis and how motorcycles have not only helped him survive, but have helped him thrive.
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MOTORCYCLE BUILD MENTORSHIP
The Motorcycle Build Mentorship Program is a motorcycle build program aimed at getting its' participants connecting with the community, working with their hands, and learning new skills under the leadership of trained mechanics and fabricators. The finished motorcycle build will attend motorcycle shows before being sold or raffled off to fund the next build project. The program will instill a sense of purpose and pride, with hopes of cultivating a passion for the build process and motorcycle culture.
We are proud to be partnering with Voodoo Vintage in Austin, TX, for these builds, where the participants have access to tools, lifts, welding equipment, and hands-on instruction from start to finish. Please visit Voodoo Vintage at www.voodoovintage.com to learn more about the facility.
Project MX is a motocross boot-camp that will be hosted at The MX Factory in Lakeway, TX. Its' purpose is to give participants the opportunity to ride motocross while shredding their frustrations and hang-ups on a closed course dirt track.
The camp includes instruction by trained motocross coaches, a 2015 or 2016 motocross bike, gear, and lunch. All the rider does is show up for a good time and leave a better and more whole individual than when they showed up.
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