to our newest W4W Recipients:
Jessica and Shannon.
Enjoy the Cycle Therapy!!
Stay tuned for our next Application Period in 2022.
This program is ONLY for Veterans in the greater Las Vegas NV area.
Those who ride know how good motorcycling is for the soul. Riding requires total focus, situational awareness, keeps your head on a swivel. When we ride, many of the things that weigh so heavily on our minds slip away for a moment, permitting us to concentrate on the riding. After the ride is over, we may find the clarity to focus on other challenges and sometimes find pathways to solutions.
This is what Wheels 4 Warriors is all about.
Matching a suitable Veteran with what s/he needs to become a motorcyclist, or help a former rider return to the sport.
To be considered for this program, candidates complete an Application, scan and send it to us. You will participate in an interview with Chapter members. If accepted, the Veteran receives Nevada-required license training if necessary, a used but serviceable motorcycle, protective gear, insurance and registration for one year and a fuel card. The Veteran provides the time, effort, attitude and desire to do some cycle therapy, at first with a Mentor, then with a group and finally solo.
In May 2021, we presented our SIXTH motorcycle. BUT! If you know of a serviceable bike, or one that can be made serviceable with a little work, please reach out to us. Obviously, we will need your financial support to make this happen. On our Donate page, indicate that your tax-deductible gift is designated for the Wheels 4 Warrior Project.
Sponsorship is best way to help us succeed. Please contact our Treasurer here. Thank you
Do you know a veteran in the greater Las Vegas area who could use a motorcycle to help get their head on straight?
If so, send us a message and we will reach out to them.
Please contact us if you wish more information.
02 October 2021: Our 7th and 8th motorcycles were presented to U S Navy Veteran, Jessica and U S Air Force Veteran Shannon today. Jessica served at sea and on land and is now a security officer. Shannon served on several continents throughout her career and presently works in corrections at a federal halfway house. Their bikes reflect each of these lady’s personalities.
Welcome to the world of motorcycling – Ride Safely!
02 May 2021: Our 6th motorcycle was presented to U S Army Veteran Luke B. of Las Vegas. Luke joined the Army in June 2004 as an Infantryman. From 2005 to 2007 he was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq conducting combat operations in and around Sader City. During this time, it was known as the deadliest place on earth.
He returned to Baghdad from 2008 to 2009 and was promoted to Sergeant. He was then transferred to a VIP security detail. In 2012 he was honorably retired due to combat injuries. After struggling for years to find his new place in life, he found it in a Chicago VFW. He now leads VFW Chapter 12198 in Las Vegas.
Luke was awarded the Iraq Campaign Medal with four campaign stars, two Army Commendation Medals, two Overseas Service Ribbons, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct and National Defense medals.
15 August 2020. Our 5th motorcycle was presented to a worthy local Veteran – former Army Staff Sergeant Adam A. of Las Vegas.
Adam A. was born and raised in Las Vegas. He joined the United States Army in 2008 and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant before being honorably discharged in 2014. He trained as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician working with all other branches of the service in an extremely dangerous job; One where either you are right or suddenly it’s not your problem anymore…
Adam deployed to Afghanistan for two tours: 2010 – 2011 and again in 2012 – 2013. During those deployments, he worked with foreign and international military services, serving with distinction and earning the Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge
Congratulations, Adam and Welcome Home!
Special thanks go to Damon Schuetze of Legal Ride, Brandon and Nathan of Spartan Arms, The Nevada Veterans of Anthem, Nevada Auto Collision Center, The Vic Shop and our master artist, David Schalles.
Our 2019 Recipient, Sergeant Iliana D., U S Marines, has received her motorcycle!
A Las Vegas native, she enlisted in the Marine Corps in Nov. 2001. She flourished in Basic Training, earning the role as Platoon Guide, leading her fellow recruits to successful completion of basic training and the honor of earning the title of United States Marine. After completion of Marine Combat Training and Military Occupation School for Motor Transportation, she was posted in Okinawa, Japan with the 3rd Marine Division, Combat Assault Battalion. During that time, she conducted training throughout the island as well as in Pohang, Korea.
Following her overseas assignment, she reported to 2nd Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune, NC. She was reassigned to 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Marine Service Support Group 24, Transportation Support Detachment.
She trained with the “Super G”, readying for deployment to Iraq in June 2004. There, as the Platoon Dispatcher, Iliana was tasked with the execution of each convoy conducted by the MSSG TS Detachment. Her deployment, lasting nine months, earned her the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for excellence in dispatching vehicles, equipment, weapons, ammo, pyro and troops in Iraq.
Iliana D. returned to the States with the Super G in March 2005. In Nov. 2005 Diaz was promoted to Sergeant shortly before she was honorably discharged in Nov. 2005.
Sgt. Iliana D. moved back to her hometown, Las Vegas, and is currently working shipping and receiving at Caesars Palace. Sgt. D’s time in the Marines may be over, but her service to the veteran community continues. She is a mentor-volunteer for the Veterans Treatment Court of the Eighth Judicial District Specialty Court, where she helps guide veterans caught up in the Criminal Justice System get the help they need. She continues to live her life committed to upholding those values instilled in her throughout her time in the Marine Corps. Semper Fi!
17 November 2018: Our third W4W motorcycle was presented to a local Veteranat Atomic Motors in Henderson. We could not have done this without the support of Spartan Arms, Legal Ride, NVEnergy, Marthea Jaffee at RealtyOne Group, David Schalles and many others. Special thanks to the Sierra Vista JROTC Color Guard.
Now on to the next Veteran/Motorcycle match!
28 October 2017: Our Second W4W Bike has been presented to a local Veteran, Ryan G!
This is a 17-year-old Harley-Davidson that looks brand new thanks to the incredible painting skills of Niko Symansky. He donated his time and skills to make the metal parts of the bike special. We also need to express our deep appreciation to the crew at Red Rock Harley-Davidson, in particular, H-D Tech John McGuigan for his countless hours of work, on his own time, to make the bike safe and roadworthy. Additionally, we could not have achieved our goal without our good friend and counselor, Damon Schuetz, Esq. of Legal Ride (702.369.3225), Terry Estabrook, Karen DiIullo, and especially Spartan Arms in North Las Vegas: 702.749.9600
July 2016: CVMA 41-1 is proud to announce that Sal C. was the recipient of our First “Wheels 4 Warriors” motorcycle. Sal was chosen from a field of eminently worthy veterans who all deserve a motorcycle.
Sal is an Army Veteran who was given his induction oath by none other than Gen. Colin Powell.
We would like to thank Craig Toupin of VMC, Rylan Voss of The Vic Shop in Adel Iowa, Werner Enterprises, Victory Motorcycles, Indian Motorcycle Las Vegas I, Jade “Crank” Bell, and the hundreds of people who have donated to this cause, for their vision, generosity and just plain hard work, without which this could not have happened.
Congratulations Sal! Ride Safe out there!
Many thanks to Craig Toupin, the International President of the Victory Motorcycle Club (VMC) for finding our first bike and arranging for the overhaul by Rylan Vos of The Vic Shop. He also wrote a letter to Victory’s corporate marketing department to request corporate assistance with this project.
Additionally, we wish to thank Steve Walker and Jim Morris of Indian Motorcycles of Las Vegas for their support for this project.
Bravo to Craig, Rylan, Steve and Jim and Thank You!