Robert Dickey, who helps out other wounded veterans through the non-profit Warfighter Made, was the lucky recipient of a custom OCC presented by GAF.
OCC made a bike at the bequest of GAF who awarded the motorcycle to Dickey, a member of the American armed forces who was wounded in combat.
GAF made one American veteran a very happy man Monday night when it awarded him a custom Orange County Choppers motorcycle in front of a huge crowd gathered at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. Robert Dickey, a Purple Heart recipient who was wounded in Afghanistan, was chosen by the Buffalo Chip to be the lucky winner from a list of equally worthy veterans. To make the occasion even more special, Dickey was presented the bike on stage in front of thousands of people before the Kid Rock concert by Paul Teutul, Sr. himself.
“It was incredible. It’s just amazing to think that, hey, I’m getting a bike from OCC, Paul Sr., you know. It never really hits you until it’s right in your face. And I’m sure it’s going to hit me even more, settle in when that bike’s in my garage,” Dickey said.
Dickey was in Sturgis representing Warfighter Made, a non-profit organization that modifies and adapts vehicles for combat wounded soldiers at no cost to the soldier. Warfighter had an example of its work out in front of its booth set up at the CrossRoads area of the Buffalo Chip, a sidecar built for a triple amputee. Not only is it made to accommodate the soldier’s disability, it also allows his service dog to ride along with him.
According to Dickey, CMT, who has been at the Buffalo Chip all week filming the 2013 Sturgis Rally, got wind that Warfighter Made was going to be at the rally and might have some soldiers who could be entered into the competition. Warfighter Made sent in Dickey’s bio who was then asked to submit an official application. CMT was informed by the Sturgis Buffalo Chip that it had invited Warfighter Made to come to this year’s rally and set up a booth out by an area dedicated to service men and women decorated with rows of American flags.
“I was in the Army in a scout sniper platoon and I was out one morning clearing an area to set up an OP and stepped on a mine. I was in Afghanistan up Arghandab River Valley. It took my right leg below the knee and part of my left calf and behind my left eye.”
Dickey said he rode motorcycles before the accident and declared to the crowd gathered at the Buffalo Chip “It’s a dream come true to get back on a bike again.”
GAF, North America’s largest manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing, enlisted the services of OCC and Paul, Sr. to build the bike for the special occasion. Besides presenting Dickey with the new motorcycle, the Teutul patriarch also talked about his new upcoming show, set to premier on CMT on Aug. 18. Dickey said the piece CMT shot last night will air on the third episode of OCC’s new show.