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Biker dad: Vets ride to help their brothers and sisters

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MUNFORD, TN (WMC) -

There are tens of thousands of veterans in the Mid-South. Many of them seek medical care at the VA hospital. Saturday, bikers saddled up to help them get the care they need. Where government benefits end, biking veterans are picking up the slack for other veteran, hitting the road to help out their brothers and sisters.

The U.S. Military Veterans Motorcycle Club is just one of the many veteran clubs and riding associations in the Memphis area. Saturday, they held their annual dice run to raise money for the VA hospital in Memphis and for the veterans who get care there.

"The VA hospital only provides so much for our vets. So what this is, is for the small things, toilet papers socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, stuff that they need," USMV Motorcycle Club president Thomas "Stinger" Downey said.

Billy Brooks lost part of his leg in a sniper attack in the Middle East. "I think it’s great, I think it’s great, the support that we have," said the Purple Heart Recipient.

The oldest veteran at the event was Bob Owens who fought in Korea. "It’s a camaraderie and despite what branch they served, they are still military," said the 86-year-old Navy veteran.

"Beautiful weather today," said Downey, "I mean it was a great ride. There was no rain at all, just a little windy and other than that we had a great time. It's all about the brotherhood."

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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.

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