By Ana Maria Ramirez / Staff Writer
Many veterans who have served their country have been adversely affected and may have suicidal thoughts.
On May 28, Freedom Cycles Inc. of OC wants to bring awareness to the Veterans Affair community that an organization cares and can help when they are feeling at their worst.
VA members who lost their motorcycle before leaving on deployment will now have the opportunity of owning a bike once again.
A committee will choose the best compelling story and will notify the winner.
Greg Garcia, 32, a business management major, said, “I have a twin brother who is going on 10 years of servicing and has been deployed two times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. We’re trying to do something good. I like the idea of helping people.”
He is not a veteran, but is part of the nonprofit organization.
The winner will get a customized Harley Davidson that is within their physical capabilities based on gender, height, weight and age.
It will take 3-5 months to build the bike.
The Harley will be customized at Freedom Cycle in Orange.
Stories can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit is 90 days from May 28, 2014.
To help, a GoFundMe account has been set for this project and donations are being accepted here: http://www.gofundme.com/8ibgls.
If veterans need additional help dealing with stress and returning to civilian life visit StopSoldierSuicide.org.