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April 2017 Entry

Operation Combat Bikesaver

Andrew Hasty
Lowell · IN
Overview
What is your cause and how will it make the world kinder?

Operation Combat Bikesaver provides Veterans and First Responders struggling with PTSD, TBI, or depression with an opportunity to safely cope with their service connected disabilities. Through our program these heroes, with the aid of our staff, are given an old beat up motorcycle which they will resurrect and customize to whatever specifications they desire. During the process they will meet and work with other like-minded men and women who have shared similar careers. At the end of the project the motorcycle is for the individual to keep. While the motorcycle is certainly a perk, the real takeaways are the skills, relationships, and renewed sense of purpose that these men and women will receive.

How will you use the $10k?

With the funds Operation Combat Bikesaver would be able to fund approximately 5-6 bike build projects. Each bike build project has a max budget of $2,000. Expenses in the budget can include paint/fabrication supplies, new hoses, wiring/electrical, new tires, filters, and brake pads/calipers.

What impact do you hope to make?

It is our hope as an organization to significantly lower the Veteran/First Responder suicide rate. We believe that through our program we can provide these brave men and women with an opportunity to improve their mental health and in turn improve their livelihoods and home-life.

Other Details
Operation Combat Bikesaver
Operation Combat Bikesaver
Operation Combat Bikesaver
Operation Combat Bikesaver

Within the next six months we are expected to have 3-5 bike projects completed and start on a project for our very first female bike builder. Another, more longterm, goal is to have multiple locations throughout the United States. The closest we have to a second location is in Alabama, which we hope to be operational by the fall.

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