H-D extends free riding academy offer

Harley-Davidson today announced the extension of free riding academy motorcycle training to all current and former U.S. military from the 2015 America’s Parade in New York City. The program is now available to active-duty, retired, reservists and veterans Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2016.

En route to the 2015 America’s Parade in New York City, Harley-Davidson managing director and former Officer in the U.S. Army Christian Walters announced the free riding academy extension aboard a Bell 407 U.S. Army helicopter. The original offer of free Harley-Davidson riding academy kicked-off prior to Armed Forces Day aboard the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier in Charleston, S.C., making it only fitting to take to the air to announce the free riding academy training extension.

“Thousands of members of the military have learned to ride through the program so far,” said Walters. “We’re proud to extend this opportunity in 2016 so even more military personnel can enjoy the very freedom they protect.”

All stateside military can take advantage of the offer by visiting a local Harley-Davidson dealer or going to http://www.h-d.com/AmericanHeroes. If a riding academy is not available in a particular area, Harley-Davidson will reimburse the expense of attending a certified motorcycle safety program. Those currently deployed outside the U.S. also can submit the form by Dec. 31, 2016, and will receive a voucher for free motorcycle safety training, good through 2017 when they return home.

 Operation Personal Freedom

Along with today’s announcement of free riding academy training for all current and former U.S. military, Harley-Davidson announced last November a new alliance with Wounded Warrior Project that focused on helping improve the lives of service men and women living with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Additionally through the program, Harley-Davidson expanded its Operation Personal Freedom MotorClothes collection with 10 percent of the proceeds supporting WWP’s efforts. Finally, dealer events across the country will focus on welcoming and celebrating our military heroes.

To date, Harley-Davidson has donated more than $1 million to support those who serve through fundraising initiatives, the Harley-Davidson Foundation and the Operation Personal Freedom MotorClothes collection. To learn more about Operation Personal Freedom visit www.h-d.com/military.

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