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Motorcycle shop customizes bikes for veterans

PLAINWELL, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - One West Michigan motorcycle shop is saluting their service, by helping disabled veterans get back on the open road. After years of fundraising the Two Wheels for Warriors program is revving up, offering its first special motorcycle to a disabled veteran.

Retired army Staff Sgt. Justin Madore was badly injured while serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Ended up having a knee replaced, lost stability in my legs and stuff like that," he says.

He was told he could never ride a motorcycle again. "That was another setback, until I called my buddy Brad here," he says

Madore served with retired Sgt. Brad VandenBerg in the army. "I don't believe a disability can keep you from doing things you love and passionate about," he says.

He soon put together a plan to get his army buddy back on the road. "I about dropped the phone and almost cried," Madore says.

VandenBerg started the Two Wheels for Warriors program, raising thousands of dollars to get Madore a custom-made motorcycle to help overcome his disabilities. He enlisted Dirty Boyz Motorcycles in Plainwell to put the bike together.

Owner Brandon Bruischart says, "It was a $6,000 salvage bike and we took it apart and redid the bike from the ground up."

Madore is now getting to experience what he's been waiting two years for. There's even a sidecar for his service dog, Cody.
"Throwing on a side car gives him that stability, we had to adjust the way he sits on his bike to reach his brake pedal," VandenBerg says.

Madore says this gives him his freedom back and much more.

"It is helping my PTSD tremendously because it's so relaxing. It's not stressful. When I had a stressful day I'd just hop on the bike and go for a ride and now I can do that again," he says

And they're ready starting work on another motorcycle for a different veteran.

Bob Body is next in line. The retired army specialist lost a leg after being injured serving in Iraq.

"You hear a lot about organizations or companies that say they're there to help the veterans, but you hear about it but you don't see it," he says. "This is something I can see and feel as far as everything that's going on."

Madore says he can't thank everyone involved enough. "I got Cody on the side, I look down and he had a smile on his face. I'm back on a bike again, couldn't be happier."