WASHINGTON, DC – April 1, 2015 – The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (www.dvnf.org), a nonprofit veterans service organization that provides critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom, announced today that it is sending a $20,000 donation to Ride2Recovery to help that organization replace stolen bicycle equipment for disabled veterans.
Ride2Recovery, founded in 2008, helps disabled veterans restore their hope and purpose through cycling programs. Ride2Recovery has an inventory of customized bicycles that are adapted for various veterans’ disabilities. Each cycle costs around $2,500.
On Friday, March 27th. Ride2Recovery officials discovered that 18 of their cycles, some of them adaptive, had been stolen from a storage unit at Balboa Naval Medical Center, near San Diego. Learning of the theft through the news media, Disabled Veterans National Foundation contacted Ride2Recovery and volunteered to contribute $20,000 toward the cost of replacing the equipment.
“When I was the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment, I had the opportunity to work with Ride2Recovery and witness the life-changing work they do,” said DVNF CEO, Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.). “DVNF was not going to stand by and let veterans suffer because of this, and we are truly pleased to help Ride2Recovery to replace this equipment.”
John Wordin, CEO of Ride2Recovery, issued a statement thanking DVNF for the donation:
“Ride2Recovery deeply appreciates the generosity of this donation from DVNF. It is still a top priority for us to recover the stolen bicycles, and we are working closely with San Diego police in their investigation. But this gift, and others, will allow us to replace the bicycles as quickly as possible, or, if they are recovered, to expand our fleet to serve more veterans than ever.”
The two organizations are planning a joint initiative to boost the programs of Ride2Recovery, set to launch in the spring.
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.
We achieve this mission by:
- Providing an online resource database that allows veterans to navigate the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service, as well as additional resources they need.
- Offering direct financial support to veteran organizations that address the unique needs of veterans, and whose missions align with that of DVNF.
- Providing supplemental assistance to homeless and low-income veterans through the Health & Comfort program and various empowerment resources.
- Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community, and educating the public accordingly.