Military Salute: Ride for Liberty | News
PORT ROYAL, SC (WTOC)- Veteran Dwight Hora is turning his love for riding into a mission to help homeless veterans.
"I did 21 years plus in the Marine Corps and I've seen a lot of suffering, particularly homeless veterans and I want to give back," said Hora.
He's doing just that. He organizing an event called Ride for Liberty, where he and two others will ride their motorcycles 9,000 miles, making stops in 11 cities across the country, all to raise money and awareness for homeless veterans.
"It's a very passionate thing for me and this event lets me know I'm accomplishing something that led the way for me," said Hora.
After hearing what Hora was doing, Gene Gilchrist jumped on board.
"The cause of homeless veterans is very dear to my heart," said Gilchrist. "I spent 12 years on active duty. It blows my mind that 23 percent of all homeless are homeless veterans, two words that should never be used together, homeless and veterans. They do so much for our country, this is our time to give back to them."
As they prepare for this mission, they have high hopes.
"EdgeAlliance is going to be the primary beneficiary of the money raised because they are building two complexes in Chicago for homeless veterans," said Hora.
The other money they raise will stay in the communities they're visiting to help their homeless veterans.
"If we can put a bed under one veteran's head or if we can put a hot meal in front of them to eat, we've accomplished our mission," said Gilchrist.
Ride for Liberty will kick off at 6 a.m. Aug.1 at the BILO parking lot in Port Royal.
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