According to information provided by Front Sight Ministry in Ontario, one in three returning troops are diagnosed with serious Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.
Only forty percent will seek out help.
Twenty-two Veterans per day are taking their lives, one every sixty five minutes.
California and Texas lead the nation with Veterans diagnosed with PTSD.
With that statistics in mind that is where the Road to Redemption Motorcycle Poker Run was born.
It was done to raise money for Front Sight Ministries so they can serve and help those Veterans mentioned above.
The Road to Redemption has a dual meaning for this run one the event started and ended Redemption Cycles in Rancho Cucamonga and the money raised could help lead a troubled Veteran on the Road to Redemption in this case redemption means being helped.
Sign in Redemption Cycles a shop located in a winery building where two brothers and a close circle of friends build, modify and give life to motorcycles that would normally be ignored and scrapped. At any time you might see welding, grinding a motorcycle being started and tuned or a bunch of riders heading off to lunch. The people at Redemption Cycles are very friendly (look for a upcoming article on this shop)
After signing in riders left in groups the one I joined up with went first went to Pomona to pick the first card at Arise Thirty Seven clothing company. After picking a card and talking with the people there we head east.
The second stop was Front Sight Ministry where we learned about the above statistics from our guide who is named JD, we picked our cards and got a tour, of the chapel and found about what they do for the Veterans with PTSD.
Then we were off to Rat Bastards custom fabrication in Ontario. A very cool place lots of customizing going on here.
Hitting the 60 Freeway we ended up at a Riverside motorcycling Icon Bikers Alley this is very cool shop there are bits and pieces here and there in addition to the usual display of parts and accessories.
Next up in Riverside was Elizabeth St Tattoo, after a look around and picking cards the next stop was over the hill.
At Downtown Cycle in Fontana Dan Moon and company were waiting for the riders to arrive. Downtown Cycles in located in an old service station that use to service vehicles traveling the old Route 66 back in the day. After picking a card and taking photos. The group headed back to Redemption Cycles.
Back at the shop cards were turned in and lunch was spaghetti, inside the band Crimson Crown was playing.
By 5:00 p.m. several raffles prized were won and the winners of the poker run got their prizes. We all enjoyed the warm weather for riding and being with other riders out on the road but hopefully the real winners will be those Veterans needing help.
Redemption Cycles is located at 10013 8th Street in Rancho Cucamonga www.redemption-cycles.com
Front Sight Ministry is located at 1009 Brooks Street Unit C in Ontario www.frontsightministry.org
Arise Thirty-Seven is located at 560 E. Commercial St in Pomona, www.arise37.com
Rat Bastards is located at 1942 Augusta Court in Ontario www.ratbastardcustoms.com
Bikers Alley 2867 Main Street in Riverside, www.abikersalley.com
Elizabeth St. Tattoo 3730 Elizabeth Street in Riverside. For information go to www.inkaholics.com
Downtown Cycle is 15305 E. Foothill Blvd in Fontana, telephone 909-829-2987
Crimson Crown can be reached at 951-757-6146 www.crimsoncrown.com