Harley-Davidson, the Wounded Warrior Project and military enthusiast Adam Sandoval surprised an injured Iraq War veteran Thursday with the gift of a new bike to thank him for his military service.
Sandoval, of Fort Myers, Fla., is traveling across the country as part of Misson: “Thank You,” giving away eight Harleys. Jeremy Thomas of Raleigh, a U.S. Army veteran injured during the Iraq War, is one of the recipients. After Thomas sat on the bike – a 2018 H-D Street Glide Special – they high-fived in the showroom.
“He took a bullet for our country, for our freedom, that freedom I’m enjoying every day on the road,” said Sandoval, adding another thank-you to Thomas for his service and protecting our freedoms.
Sandoval has spent two years traveling 80,000 miles around the country with his dog Scooter, visiting Harley-Davidson dealerships, including Ray Price Harley-Davidson in Raleigh, and raising money to show support for the military. His website says he raised more than $300,000. He has said he was moved to raise the money because he always wanted to serve in the military and never did.
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Sandoval’s group is taking nominations for recipients of more motorcycles. Nominate a current or former military member by submitting the vet’s story at MissionThankYou.com. Recipients will be chosen by Sandoval and representatives of the Wounded Warrior Project and Harley-Davidson.