H-D donates $1 million, offers special models – September 4, 2006
September 4, 2006
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Harley-Davidson presented the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) a $1 million donation in support of the services provided to America’s veterans.
The Harley-Davidson Foundation, Inc. presented the funds Aug. 15 at DAV’s national convention in Chicago.
DAV was founded in 1920 when a group of injured veterans from World War I banded together for strength and support to make sure that all disabled veterans got the health care and benefits they had earned in the trenches of Europe. The 1.3 million member DAV works with America’s disabled veterans and their families to secure benefits and services, including providing counseling services to men and women making the transition from active military service back to civilian life.
The organization now has a network of 88 offices, 10 mobile offices and operations at more than 80 military installations,
“All too often we don’t pay enough attention to those who return home with injuries that will affect them for the rest of their lives,” said Arthur H. Wilson, national adjutant and chief executive officer of the DAV. “To fulfill our mission of service to these disabled men and women, we need the continued support of the people of America, which is why we are so excited about our new relationship with Harley-Davidson and grateful for their donation.”
In other military-related Harley-Davidson news, the Motor Company is providing soldiers the chance to own a motorcycle with details honoring their military service.
The specially-decorated 2007 Patriot Special Edition models — sold only to active U.S. military service men and women, veterans and immediate family members of both those categories — are black motorcycles accented with red and blue pin striping, a branch-specific fuel tank badge and a U.S. flag on the fender.
Available on 12 different 2007 models, the special decorations can be customized to one of five military branches: U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy. Customers also will receive a personal letter of appreciation and special-edition Harley-Davidson Challenge Coin made by the Franklin Mint.
Patriot Special Edition participating motorcycles include the Ultra Classic Electra Glide, Road King Classic, Street Glide, Dyna Super Glide Custom, Dyna Wide Glide, Heritage Softail Classic, Fat Boy, Softail Custom, Sportster 1200 Custom, Sportster 1200 Low, Sportster 883 Custom, V-Rod and Sidecar.