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Marine veteran receives Harley

Marine veteran and Clintonville resident Brian Russow was gifted a motorcycle in front of more than 200 people at Vandervest Harley-Davidson in Green Bay.

Russow received a 2018 Heritage Softail Classic 114 from the Hogs for Heroes Foundation.

The Desert Veterans of Wisconsin, a veterans service organization Russow helped found, performed a color guard presentation of flags.

Rick Vandervest, owner of VVHD, rode the new Harley through the crowd. The keys were passed from Hogs for Heroes President Kevin Thompson along a line of four Wisconsin veterans, each previous recipients of a Harley from the nonprofit, and eventually to Russow, who then sat on his new Harley.

Hogs for Heroes is a small Wisconsin nonprofit comprised of four family members, none of whom served. Their mission is to raise funds to buy Harleys for injured veteran riders who once had a passion for riding and now find themselves without the means or ability to have a bike in their life.

Hogs for Heroes works to assist the healing by returning veterans to the road and the benefits of motorcycling. The organization believes the freedom of the road, the collegiality of riders and the pride and peace found in ownership can support their healing and readjustment.

Since Hogs for Heroes gave out its first Harley in May 2016, the original plan was to give away one bike per year. However, with the amount of donations coming in, Russow is now the sixth injured veteran to receive a bike.

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