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Victory Motorcycles Says Thank You to Deployed Troops
Operation Gratitude’s 600,000th Care Package Includes Key to a New 2011 Vegas 8-Ball

Recently announced Victory Motorcycles, working with Calif.-based Operation Gratitude, today donated a 2011 Victory Vegas 8-Ball motorcycle to be included as one of the items in Operation Gratitude’s 600,000th care package. The keys to the motorcycle, which will be discovered among the other donated items in the package, were placed in the 600,000th package earlier today in a ceremony at the California Army National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, Calif.

The donation of a brand-new motorcycle is a first for Victory’s partnership with Operation Gratitude. Both organizations are excited about the opportunity to offer the motorcycle as a thank you to one of our troops deployed overseas this holiday season.

“We have the greatest respect for both those currently serving in the military and our veterans,” said Victory Motorcycles General Manager Steve Menneto. “We encourage everyone to join Victory in supporting Operation Gratitude and help make the holidays more special for military personnel who are away from home.”

Care Packages are an expression of respect and appreciation for those who voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedom,” said Carolyn Blashek, founder of Operation Gratitude. “We are honored to send this package with the Victory Motorcycle keys to a young Service Member, currently deployed in harm’s way, who represents all our courageous heroes– past, present and future–from all branches of the Military.”

The motorcycle, a 2011 Victory Vegas 8-Ball, will feature a special military wedge badge, giving a unique twist to the sleek-looking, all-black bike. Including the badge on the donated bike is Victory’s way of publicly honoring its recipient and thanking this individual for his or her service.

Since October 1, Victory has invited the public to support military personnel by dropping off items for Operation Gratitude at Victory dealerships. These items, along with the keys to the Victory motorcycle, have been packaged with other donated items and will be distributed to military personnel deployed around the world during the holidays.

Victory’s partnership with Operation Gratitude is just one part of Victory’s ongoing support for military personnel and veterans. Military personnel who ride Victory Motorcycles are featured regularly in Victory Rider magazine and on the Victory website (www.victorymotorcycles.com), and all military personnel and veterans are invited to pick up their free Victory Military Rider Pins from any Victory dealer.

About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Each package is filled with food, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, as well as personal letters of support. Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for civilians anywhere in America to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Each package contains donated product valued between $45 and $100 and costs our organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 1.6 Million Care Packages.
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