8th Annual Wounded America Fundraiser Benefits Wounded Michigan Veteran Ben Eberle on August 11th at Motor City Harley Davidson

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Motor City H.O.G. is sponsoring its 8th Annual Wounded America ride on August 11th to benefit wounded veterans. Fundraiser and ride starts at Motor City Harley-Davidson of Farmington Hills, Michigan. Partnering with Motor City H.O.G. this year is Help for Our Disabled Troops an organization benefiting soldiers of modern conflicts (Iraq – Afghanistan). The soldier ambassador this year is Ben Eberle, a US Army Sergeant who was wounded November 19th, 2011 by an IED.

Ben Eberle, along with wife Ashly and daughter Halle

Sergeant Ben Eberle with his two "Angels" wife Ashley and daughter Halle.

The 8th annual Wounded America Run on Saturday, August 11th to benefit the recovery of hero Ben Eberle. The luncheon and pre-ride event starts at Motor City Harley-Davidson 34900 Grand River Ave., Farmington Hills, MI from 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM. The $15 donation includes a BBQ lunch and live music with the Jim Kish Trio. The pre-ride event features a silent auction, games and a dunk tank with all proceeds benefitting Sergeant Ben Eberle. The escorted motorcycle ride will depart Motor City Harley-Davidson at 2:30 PM to M.I.S. (Michigan International Speedway) in Brooklyn Michigan. Attendees can then ride the track at M.I.S. for an additional $10.

Every year, the Motor City H.O.G. Chapter selects a critically wounded Michigan veteran to benefit from its fundraiser, the Wounded America Run. This year's wounded Michigan veteran is US Army Sergeant Ben Eberle, a 12B Combat Engineer that was wounded November 19 2011 in the Logar Province of Afghanistan. Ben was a Squad Leader of a Route Clearance Platoon assigned to do patrols that clear supply routes, deny enemy IED emplacement, and clear out enemy forces so friendly forces have the freedom of maneuver in the area of operation. While conducting a route clearance patrol, he spotted wires that appeared to be old debris from a previous IED explosion. Ben cleared everyone out of the way and squatted down to visually inspect the wires to see if there was a pressure plate or command wire nearby. As he stood up, the IED exploded on his right side sending him in the air, landing 35 meters away from the blast site.

When the call for a medic went out, the Czech Republic army Infantry was there as the local security and provided an 18D qualified medic. The medic applied tourniquets to both of Ben’s legs and his right arm. A platoon medic was also on the ground and helped in rendering aid. The medics slowed down Ben's bleeding just enough to transport to the aid station and then flown into FOB Shank. The Czech Medic was later awarded the Bronze Star for saving the Sergeant's life. Ben was given 47 units of blood, had both legs amputated above the knee and had extensive damage to the right hand. Once stable enough after surgery, he was flown to BAF Bagram Air Force Base and 3 days later to Germany. Somewhere during those 6 days, his right hand was amputated.

On November 25th, 2011, Ben arrived at BAMC Fort Sam Houston, Texas where he is receiving continued care and surgery for his injuries. While recovering in Texas, he has received numerous surgeries to repair a pelvic fracture and other injuries. Ben awaits additional surgeries to repair a nerve injury in his right shoulder causing the loss of movement from his biceps down and a shoulder dislocation. He is hoping to begin walking by September this year.

Ben’s wife Ashley gave birth to their daughter Halle Ray Eberle on February 16th 2012 at the Brook Army Medical Center BAMC. The nurses brought him up to the delivery room in his hospital bed to see his wife give birth. Sergeant Ben Eberle has been quoted saying, “Yes this is a change in pace for my life. But I have no problem with it. I have my two angels with me, my daughter Halle, and my wife Ashley. They are the reason why I'm still here. And they've helped me SO much along the way of recovery. We've had literally THOUSANDS of people write us letters of encouragement and gratitude. We have support from so many people that it feels wrong for just saying thank you, and that's all they want. It has reopened my eyes on why I chose this job as a career at the age of 17. I'm now 24 years old and I realize that I have done this for those great Americans. Those people that fight for the right to stay free. I'm saying thank you to all those that have served, or had a family member that serve and those who stand by our side and support us. Thank you all, you are a true inspiration to all of us. You are the Backbone of this country. “

Motor City Harley Owners Group is a local Chapter of the international organization of Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.), and is sponsored by Motor City Harley-Davidson at 34900 Grand River, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48335.

A not-for-profit organization of over 600 motorcycle enthusiasts, established in 1986. Currently raising over $50,000 per year for numerous local charities, which include: Penrickton Center for Blind Children, Burger School for Autism, Toy for Tots, Michigan Human Society; as well as national organizations such as Muscular Dystrophy and Children’s Leukemia Foundation. Fundraising activities provide assistance to these beneficial organizations. They include various motorcycle runs, garage sale/swap meets, bake sales, dinners and auctions. Glennis Morrell is the Director of Motor City Chapter #2368.

Donations can be sent to Help for Our Disabled Troops 43540 Six Mile Rd Northville, Mich. 48168 for those that are unable to attend Saturday's Wounded America Run.

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