Jay Leno Joins Forces with Veterans Charity Ride for a Second Year

Jay Leno leads the inaugural ÒVeterans Charity Ride to SturgisÓ on an Indian Motorcycle in Burbank, Calif. on Monday, July 27, 2015. The ride offers a select group of former military service members the opportunity to make the epic journey from LA to the Black Hills for the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Sponsored by Indian Motorcycle, several of the models have been outfitted with sidecars to accommodate the riders who are unable to operate a motorcycle themselves due to multiple amputations. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for Indian Motorcycle/AP Images)
Jay Leno leads the inaugural ÒVeterans Charity Ride to SturgisÓ on an Indian Motorcycle in Burbank, Calif. on Monday, July 27, 2015. The ride offers a select group of former military service members the opportunity to make the epic journey from LA to the Black Hills for the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Sponsored by Indian Motorcycle, several of the models have been outfitted with sidecars to accommodate the riders who are unable to operate a motorcycle themselves due to multiple amputations. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for Indian Motorcycle/AP Images)

Comedian and host of Jay Leno’s Garage, Jay Leno, will serve as honorary chairman for Veterans Charity Ride and its new year-round motorcycle therapy program. Leno first became involved with the organization during its inaugural ride last year when he hosted veterans at his garage in Los Angeles. The Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis will kick off again today, July 30th. Leno, a longtime motorcycle enthusiast, will support the veterans as they ride from Los Angeles to the 76th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. The ride provides motorcycle therapy to veterans as an outlet for post-traumatic stress (PTS) and other challenges associated with assimilation back to civilian life.

“This is the second year I’ll be supporting the Veterans Charity Ride, and I’ve already learned so much from interacting with these courageous men and women,” said Leno. “I’m very thankful to be part of such a worthwhile and life-changing event with heroes who share my passion for cars and motorcycles.”

In addition to Leno, actor Mark Wahlberg, another motorcycle enthusiast, has shared his support for Veterans Charity Ride. This year, Wahlberg created a personal greeting video, as well as a series of videos, announcing his support of the program and showing his gratitude to veterans for their service.

“I’m so inspired by the brave men and women I’ve met through Veterans Charity Ride, and it has been an incredible experience to work alongside them on such a great cause,” said Wahlberg.

ABOUT VETERANS CHARITY RIDE USA

Veterans Charity Ride USA is a non-profit organization that uses Motorcycle Therapy to provide a healing and fun experience for wounded, severely injured and amputee veterans from all branches of service who need support. Veterans Charity Ride provides our veterans with Indian Motorcycles, Champion Sidecars and Trikes to ride through the most beautiful scenic back roads of this great country, exploring America, getting our veterans outdoors, connecting veterans with mentors and visiting with other veterans, groups and supporters.

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