Bikers Ride For Vets

By KBJR News 1

June 4, 2011 Updated Jun 4, 2011 at 10:46 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northland's Newscenter) - They might wear black leather, head scarves and boots... not to mention be covered in tattoos, but these bikers geared-up for a good cause.

"It's a way to both raise money for veterans causes and to honor veterans that have helped serve the country."

"Actually we're also trying to raise awareness of the clinic here in Superior."

Proceeds will go towards giving veterans a set of wheels of their own; a van.

"We're looking at anywhere from 12 to 30 veterans a week transferred down the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis," said Scott Buchanan, Douglas County Veterans Service officer.

And it can't be any old van for the veterans.

"They've got wheelchairs, or they have walkers, or they have other needs that... They need special accommodations put on the van," said Buchanan.

Before heading out, riders bowed their heads and Superior's Mayor Bruce Hagen gave words of encouragement..

And they settled into their saddles, with the grand marshal, a vet himself, leading the way.

He was part the platoon in Vietnam, the movie was based-on.

"I was in a huge battle at the end of it. There were eight of us including Oliver Stone that made it out of there," said Richard Ware, grand marshal for the ride.

"For all these people here that are taking part in this, military, ex-military, non-military. It's just a real pleasure to be with them," said Ware.

Today was the second annual ride for veterans.

The PIGs plan to do it again next year with even more riders.