CHESTERFIELD, Mich. (WXYZ) — For the 16th consecutive year, Texas Roadhouse restaurants are hosting a motorcycle ride to benefit Homes for Our Troops.
There will be multiple rides nationwide including one in Chesterfield and Ft. Gratiot. Organizers expect more than 8,000 riders to participate nationwide and would like to raise $300,000. Over the last 15 years, Texas Roadhouse has raised more than $1 million for Homes for Our Troops.
At the Texas Roadhouse in Chesterfield on Sunday, about 200 bikers from metro Detroit clubs gathered for food, fellowship and fundraising.
"I was a Gulf War veteran from Desert Storm, Desert Shield in the U.S. Army," says Dwayne Adkins, member of the Enforcers Motorcycle Club.
RIGHT NOW: 200 motorcycles are driving from Chestsrfield to Port Huron are raising money to build homes for veterans with @HomesForOurTrps in partnership with @texasroadhouse - more tonight on @wxyzdetroit pic.twitter.com/VfJv5xL02e— Jennifer Ann Wilson WXYZ (@JennaWils) August 18, 2019
Adkins made it home safely, but some of the men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan didn’t make it home at all. Some returned seriously injured.
"We all know veterans that have struggled and we try to help out in any way we can," Adkins said.
That’s what drew nearly 200 bikers from metro detroit motor cycle clubs to Texas Roadhouse in Chesterfield Sunday morning.
"I’m very happy to get involved in this, helping build homes for disabled veterans, that’s amazing," says Renea Pralas the service manager at Texas Roadhouse in Chesterfield.
Every dollar raised helps build modified, adaptive homes for veterans who suffered life changing injuries overseas. The homes are given to qualified veterans free of charge.
More info about Homes For Our Troops is here: https://www.hfotusa.org/