Commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the Seventh Annual Riding For Warriors recently wrapped its six-day motorcycle journey raising over $100,000 for Hope For The Warriors and its Warrior’s Wish program. For the seventh year, the ride was led by Air Force veteran and Hillsborough-based Michael Nehlsen and six of his fellow riders and sponsored by Union, New Jersey-based Hillmann Consulting.
Starting in New Jersey and ending in New York City, the six-day, nearly 900-mile journey took Nehlsen and his fellow riders to visit 9/11 memorials and monuments and places related to 9/11 to remember and honor.
Hope For The Warriors is a 15 year old national nonprofit that serves the entire warrior community — active-duty, veterans, military families, caregivers, and families of the fallen. Through one of its first established programs, Warrior’s Wish, Hope For The Warriors fulfills a desire for a better quality-of-life or supports a quest for gratifying endeavors for those who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.
“Being the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 and being able to support our veteran community with Hope For The Warriors through the Warriors Wish program has been an honor and a privilege over the past seven years,” said Nehlsen. “The team of riders and support staff that accompanied me this year made the importance and impact of the journey from the NYC Ground Zero Memorial to the Flight 93 Memorial and finally to the Pentagon memorial a lifetime memory of brotherhood and sisterhood. We also met a lot of wonderful people along the way that have made a lifetime impact on me and I am sure all the others on the ride. 2021 solidified the very reason I started this journey seven years ago and will continue in the future. God Bless America and all our brothers and sisters who have served our great nation’s military past and present.”
In seven years, Nehlsen has traveled over 30,000 miles on his motorcycle raising over $253,000 for Warrior’s Wish providing wounded veterans with woodworking and farm equipment, family trips, a horse trailer, a bass boat, bicycles and more.
“Every day we are reminded why Hope For The Warriors was born from the tragedies that took place on 9/11.” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of Hope For The Warriors “The need to care for military families has not waned in the 20 years since the 9/11 attacks and it is with deep appreciation of Michael, Hillmann Consulting and the many supporters for sharing HOPE’s mission along the ride and raising critical funds to support our clients that need assistance”