South Carolina Harley Dealership Joins ‘WheelCharrier’ Program
Begun by a wounded veteran, program donates wheelchairs for use by disabled riders visiting Harley dealerships in the U.S.
A lot of Harley riders have served or currently serve our country, protecting freedom and democracy here and around the world. Some return from their tours of duty injured from battle. No matter the disability, though, they will still ride their Harleys, one way or another.
One veteran, Lieutenant Dan Hoffman, saw a need to bring wheelchairs to Harley dealerships across the United States, so all disabled riders can get around when their bikes are being worked on. Florence, South Carolina ABC affiliate WPDE-TV reports his program, WheelCharrier, has landed at Black Jack Harley-Davidson.
“One of the main pillars of our American Legion is to take care of veterans and their needs,” said American Legion Post 15 director Greg Williams, whose post helped bring Lt. Hoffman’s program to the Florence Harley dealership.
The program began when Lt. Hoffman, himself injured in service to our country, had a hard time getting around his local Harley dealership while his bike was in for service. After talking the dealership about having a wheelchair available for riders like himself, Lt. Hoffman “went to donors across the nation,” according to Williams, to raise funds to bring wheelchairs to every Harley dealer in the U.S.
“We use our chapters that are located close to Harley-Davidsons to help veterans who are handicapped or anyone who is handicapped,” said Williams. “It’s like being born again.”
The WheelCharrier program is currently in over 175 Harley dealerships, with the goal of placing a wheelchair in all 750 dealers.