Charity ride to put wounded Marine back on a motorcycle

Meridian, ID

The night of the Super Bowl a representative of the Run for the Wall organization briefed members of the American Legion Riders of Post 18 (Nampa, Idaho) and Post 113 (Meridian, Idaho) about a program that the Run for the Wall organization started in 2013 to modify and rebuild a motorcycle for a disabled veteran who rode before his injury.

He told us that the first veteran to receive a motorcycle from this program was from Boise, Idaho. The recipient was Marine Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville who lost half his right leg and most of his fingers in Afghanistan. The Run for the Wall organization was $2,000 away from its goal to finish the motorcycle. That night the members of both Rider chapters decided to raise the rest of the funding.

The Rider directors of Chapter 18 and 113 set the date for the ride and started giving American Legion posts information on the ride and also looking for donations. The directors went out and contacted businesses and collected items for the dinner and raffles/silent auction. Before the event started the Riders collected $1,500 of the $2,000 needed.

The charity ride and dinner occurred April 12. The ride and dinner were a great success and had a good turnout. Staff Sgt. Linville could not attend the event due to being in the middle of a climb of Mt. Everest. Instead Linville's wife, Mandy Linville, attended and rode in the charity ride and their Linville’s children attended the dinner. A great time was held by all. Post 113 offered Linville a year membership to the post and the Legion Rider chapter that his wife stated he will accept.

The event ended up raising a total of $3,000 toward the motorcycle beating the goal. The extra funds will be put toward the motorcycle for 2015. Sometime at the end of June, Linville will be presented his modified motorcycle and a ride will occur with Linville in the lead of the ride soon after.

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