Custom-Built Chopper Donated to Rehabilitative Center by Hope For The Warriors

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Hope For The Warriors donates unique, custom-built motorcycle to be enjoyed by wounded service members, staff and military families. Motorcycle sits in the lobby of the brand new Hope and Care Center aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Gen Amos admires motorcycle in lobby.

Gen Amos admires motorcycle. Photo by Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans

Each unique addition to this motorcycle reflects something special and unique about our service members.

On Friday, December 7, 2012, the Warrior Hope and Care Center officially opened aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility was built to meet the growing needs of combat wounded service members that are in recovery aboard the base. Highlighted in the lobby is a custom-built, custom-hand painted, chopper. The bike was built by The Chopp Shop and donated by Hope For The Warriors®, a national nonprofit organization that assists combat wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen.

The chopper was built to honor those who will utilize the facility. The custom frame was made by Carolina Customs. The motor and transmission are both from Harley Davidson. Worked into the décor of the motorcycle are hand grenades on the handlebars; a K-Bar and a Tailgunner Exhaust along the side; 45-caliber bullets on the wheel spokes; and 50-caliber bullets on the down tube. The seat is covered with camouflage cloth—torn and worn to represent the men and women who have worn the same fabric. The paint scheme is camo and includes a bald eagle and a vintage Hope For The Warriors® logo.

The motorcycle was custom-built by Shannon Davidson from The Chopp Shop in Taylorsville, NC. In 2009, Carolina Thunder Charities donated the motorcycle to Hope For The Warriors®. The nonprofit has held onto this unique item until the Warrior Hope and Care Center was ready to open.

“We were very honored to have taken part in the build of this bike. I hope that people can look and enjoy this as much as we have,” Davidson said. “There are so many who do so much for us as citizens and never ask for recognition or accolades. This is my way of saying ‘Thank You’ to each and every one of them.”

“We love all that this motorcycle symbolizes as it sits inside such a wonderful rehabilitation center,” Robin Kelleher, Hope For The Warriors® President said. “Each unique addition to this motorcycle reflects something special and unique about our service members.”

Hope For The Warriors® was instrumental in getting the Warrior Hope and Care Center built at Camp Lejeune. After visiting a new medical facility in San Antonio, Texas, the leaders of Hope For The Warriors® determined that Camp Lejeune needed the same quality facility. Architecture plans were drawn up for the facility and Hope For The Warriors® donated the plans to the Marine Corps.

The mission of Hope For The Warriors® ( is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.

Hope For The Warriors® has earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator (, an independent organization that evaluates fiscal responsibility and accountability of nonprofits.

Hope For The Warriors® (Federal Tax ID 20-5182295) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity as defined in sections 509(A)(1) and 170(B)(1)(A)(VI) of the Internal Revenue Code. Combined Federal Campaign, CFC #27800.


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