Harley-Davidson Foundation Gives $1 Million to Support Disabled American Veterans
CHICAGO, Aug. 15, 2006 -- Today at the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) national convention in Chicago, Harley-Davidson announced a $1 million gift from the Harley-Davidson Foundation, Inc. to the DAV in support of the services DAV provides to America's veterans.
The gift extends the Company's long-standing relationship with the military which goes as far back as World War I when the company produced more than 20,000 motorcycles for the war effort. During World War II, Harley-Davidson shifted its entire production to military support and the Motor Company received five coveted Army-Navy "E" Awards for excellence in wartime production.
"We're honored by the opportunity to show our continued support and deep appreciation for the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedom," said Harley-Davidson chief executive officer Jim Ziemer. "Veterans have always been important members of the Harley-Davidson family and we're proud to establish this relationship with DAV as a way to give something back."
Founded in 1920 when a group of injured veterans from World War I banded together for strength and support to make sure that all disabled veterans got the health care and benefits they had earned in the trenches of Europe, the DAV continues that mission today. Through their network of 88 offices, 10 mobile offices and operations at more than 80 military installations, the 1.3 million member DAV builds better lives for all America's disabled veterans and their families, working with them to secure the benefits and services to which they are entitled. The DAV also provides benefits counseling services to men and women making the transition from active military service back to civilian life.
"All too often we don't pay enough attention to those who return home with injuries that will affect them for the rest of their lives," said Arthur H. Wilson, national adjutant and chief executive officer of the DAV. "To fulfill our mission of service to these disabled men and women we need the continued support of the people of America, which is why we are so excited about our new relationship with Harley-Davidson and grateful for their donation."
To learn more about Harley-Davidson's support of veterans, visit http://www.harley-davidson.com/ , including the "Salute to Veterans" page.
Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company for the group of companies doing business as Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Buell Motorcycle Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services. Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight street, custom and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories, apparel and general merchandise. Buell Motorcycle Company produces sport motorcycles in addition to motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel. Harley-Davidson Financial Services, Inc. provides wholesale and retail financing and insurance programs to Harley-Davidson/Buell dealers and customers. The Harley-Davidson Foundation, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit organization, supporting the communities in which the Company has facilities and selected national causes including veteran's initiatives.