An Army veteran who lost most of his right leg in Afghanistan will receive a special tribute from VetStock on October 8th during Heroes Day at the Tommy Gun Warehouse in Greeley, PA. Lyndon Sampang will take official ownership of a custom-built motorcycle and will be escorted by fellow vets from Gettysburg to Greeley, a 203 mile trip. The escort is expected to arrive in Greeley at about 5:15pm. The Heroes Day ceremony is free and open to the public.
“I am beyond humbled and excited to be the recipient of such an unselfish act,” said Sampang, “I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was thirteen years old, but I never thought I’d be able to ride again. Thank you, VetStock!” Sampang added that he looked forward to the event, “mostly to experience the love of riding a motorcycle again.”
Combat Hero Bike Build, like the Pike County-based VetStock is focused on providing support to veterans. Headquartered in Colorado, Combat Hero Bike Build builds, rebuilds or modifies motorcycles to give wounded veterans the chance to enjoy the “freedom of riding that many of us take for granted.”
“Our members understand the need to get our injured veterans back to as normal a life as possible,” said VetStock Co-Founder Tom Ryan. “The mission with Hero Bike Build does exactly that, and we are honored and excited to be able to do this thanks to VetStock sponsors and supporters.”
Sampang served in the Army, SGT-E5, 10 years NG and Active Duty. On March 18, 2010 while serving in Yayah khel Patika Province, Afghanistan, he suffered the loss of his right leg from the knee down.
Anyone who wants to join the tribute ride to escort Sampang to receive his bike is welcome. The ride begins at 10 a.m. sharp at Battlefield Harley Davidson Dealership in Gettysburg, then stops at Loves Travel Center in Johnstown, then Pocono Harley Davidson Dealership in Tannersville and then Baer Harley Davidson Dealership in Honesdale before arriving in Greeley.
The public is invited to meet Sampang, see his new custom bike and enjoy family fun, food and music by “Broke Down and Rebuilt” at the event. They’ll also get to meet VetStock’s sponsored service dog, Jacob, visiting from Veterans Moving Forward, who was named after Lance Corporal Jacob Beisel, US Marines, who was killed in action in 2006. Jacob had always told his mother, “If I could come back I would come back as a dog!”
The Tommy Gun Warehouse is located at 105 Kahr Avenue in Greeley.
VetStock is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, headquartered in Pike County, Pennsylvania that exists for one simple reason: To build strong and secure financial relationships and create fundraising events that help provide financial support for veterans, disabled veterans and active military men and women, and their families. One Team. One Mission.
We are a team of volunteers who are passionate and dedicated to making sure that access to appropriate support and services is always available. We are deeply committed to our motto; WE DO IT FOR VETS.
Since 2012, VetStock has provided financial help to vetted, legitimate veteran organizations that empower, enrich and improve the lives of our veterans.
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About Combat Hero Bike Build Program
Combat Hero Bike Build, headquartered in Colorado, recognizes the personal sacrifices veterans have made for our country. Its mission is to develop and implement projects that serve veterans and their families.
Many warriors come home with both mental and physical disabilities. For some, due to the nature of the injuries, it can be extremely life altering. Motorcycling requires both a mental and physical commitment that promotes the individual’s ability to overcome their newest challenges to experience life as it is meant to be. This program takes the warrior past the “thank you for your service” and enables them to show others and themselves that nothing can stop the person who wants to move on.
The motorcycle is long associated with freedom and adventure. Many ride for the sense of freedom, many for the sense of adventure, or a chance to be free from the day-to-day stress of life or all of the above. Many of our wounded are experienced “bikers” but now have injuries that limit their ability to be free. By building, rebuilding, or modifying existing bikes to accommodate their physical needs, Combat Hero Bike Build can help get them back mentally to where they need and want to be.