Bicycles, biking, recumbent bikes, & motorcycling for military veterans with PTSD
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Family of a Vet (article)
This is a helpful article that tells of the benefits of a recumbent bike and offers tips in hope to obtain one from the VA.
Operation Combat Bikesaver (motorcycles) (Crown Point, IN)
At Operation Combat Bikesaver we re-build bikes with heroes for heroes.
Operation Combat Bikesaver provides a workshop for veterans suffering from PTSD and/or TBI and/or depression. This workshop includes trained individuals skilled in various areas of Motorcycle fabrication, restoration, and customization to help teach candidates that there is more to life than negativity. Once the project is completed by the candidate, it is theirs to keep or donate to another candidate of their choosing.
The specific objectives and purpose of this organization shall be:
- to provide instruction on various aspects of customizing a motorcycle to persons with PTSD and/or TBI and/or depression.
- to provide facilities, equipment, trained individuals, safe environment, and family atmosphere for participants to engage in an escape or distraction from the effects of suffering from PTSD and/or TBI and/or depression.
- to provide opportunities for participants to engage in recreational, team building, self-worth, satisfaction of accomplishing something they thought they never could by building something from nothing.
- to be a “big brother” of sorts to these participants.
- to lower suicide rates amongst the combat veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD and or TBI.
- to sponsor, host and/or participate in events and activities that promote PTSD and/or TBI and/or depression, Veteran themed.
Pedal Against PTSD
Pedal Against PTSD is a non-profit organization that has a mission to empower veterans to overcome PTSD through the sport of cycling.
From building and donating adaptive bikes and producing cycling events throughout the nation to supporting community-based rehabilitation and recovery programs and important medical and clinical research, Project Hero is raising awareness of the national PTSD mental health crisis and making a difference in the lives of thousands of veterans and first responders, as well as their families and communities.
Our programs have helped more than 10,000 veterans and first responders through cycling-based programs and other events since 2008. Project Hero participants record elimination of and decreases in use of prescription drugs of as much as 65 percent, greater injury recovery rates, improved sleep habits and overall improvement in daily life functions.
Project Hero has built more than 200 adaptive bikes for injured veterans, donated more than 2,500 bikes to veterans and logged more than 30,000 bicycling miles in 30 states and 6 countries to bring hope, recovery and resilience in support of America’s Healing Heroes.
VetBikes (Seattle, WA and Denver, CO)
As a project of the Veterans Family Fund of America we are a veteran run non-profit organization which provides local Seattle and Denver area recovering veterans a bicycle to facilitate their path to wellness. Veterans Programs widely utilize the benefits of cycling in rehabilitation for general fitness benefits, management of PTSD and depression, and as a vehicle to get veterans outside and active in our local community. Veterans who desire a bike must be referred by a DoD or VA medical professional who states that a bicycle is essential to the veteran’s plan for recovery from service connected issues.
While several charitable organizations purchase bicycles for veterans rehabilitation programs, we strive to partner with their efforts by capturing the niche of using donated spare parts to build fitted bicycles for veterans to keep for their own and continue cycling therapy during and after graduation from veterans rehab programs.
Warrior Expeditions supports combat veterans transitioning from their military service by participating in long distance outdoor expeditions.
In 1948, Earl Shaffer told a friend he was going to “walk off the war” to work out the sights, sounds, and losses of World War II. Four months later, Earl Shaffer became the first person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.
Following in Earl Shaffer’s footsteps and in recognizing the therapeutic effects of long distance outdoor expeditions, Warrior Expeditions created the Warrior Hike, Warrior Bike, and Warrior Paddle programs which are designed to help combat veterans transition from their military service.