On July 1st, eight more vets were equipped with brand new bikes, thanks to Bikes for Vets, Qauligence, and D&D Bikes and Hockey. With the money raised by Qauligence, D&D Bikes and Hockey was able to purchase a bike, mesh backpack, helmet, lock, and kickstand for each veteran.
The crowd of around 40 people gathered for the presentation included state politicians, private contributors, and community leaders. The room was filled with smiles, laughter, and excitement as each veteran explained what he/she planned to use the bike for. Many vets were eager to exercise daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Others were relieved that they finally had a reliable method of transportation for work and school. One such veteran, Demien DeYonte, plans to go to school to become a prosthetics manufacturer so he can provide prosthetic limbs to fellow servicemen and women that were wounded while in service.
Bill Mowder, the director of the program, is ready to take the next step in building Bikes for Vets. While 15 donated bikes is great, he plans to reach every veteran in need statewide. He is not concerned with creating a national brand nor making money. Instead, as long as a veteran was made better-off by the program, then his job was done.