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Alright this might be a bit long winded but please read.

So this post is for the best Sergeant (Dan)I ever had the pleasue of serving with during my 6 years in the military and he needs some help with his battle with PTSD. Dan does not know I am posting this and he did not ask me to do this. 

Dan seved 21 years in the military where he did 10 deployments which 8 of this being in active combat zones. In 2015 Dan was forced to medically retire because of some severe PTSD issues. Dan was not expecting to retire yet and was planning on doing 30 years if he could. So for those that do not know when you are medically retired with a 100% disability rating it takes the VA close to 18 months to start giving you your disability and retirement money. Dan was an active mountain biker but due to the unplanned retirement and no money coming in he had to sell everthing, car, bikes, hunting for gear and so on. 

Fast forward to now. Dan is someone I talk to regularly. He is 
Currently really struggling with his PTSD and going into a dark place. The VA's solution is pills and therapy appointments are very hard to get (takes almost 3 months currently). The solution he is getting is not helping and pills are not the answer. I struggled with PTSD after my last trip to Afghanistan and found riding my bike to be the best thing for me. It let me focus on one thing, it got me out of the house and made it much easier to sleep. Dan has expressed his love for riding amd has told me how much he misses being out in the wood recently.

Dan currently has no bike and is not financially not doing well so this is why Im writing this. I recently had a friend loose his battle with depression and I dont want to see it happen to one of the best guys I know. I want to get Dan on a bike again. I reached out to the Wounded Worrier Project but was pretty much laughed at. Seems they dont really want to help vets unless it gets them publicity. I have emailed every bike manufactures I could with the email addresses I found on there websites but have not got any emails back (im sure they get 100 emails a day with people asking for free or discounted bikes)

So this leads me to the point of this post and im brining it the the biggest community I can. I want to get Dan on an XL 29er as thats what he had before these hard times hit. I dont care if its new or used. I want him to be proud of the bike and it be something he will be excited about to help motivate im.

I want to ask you all for help. If you have contacts at bike company's, shops or anything . Im hesitant to ask for money but if people would be willing to donate I would set up a go fund me page. I just want to give this awesome man a chance to be happy again. I currently have 2 bikes forsale and plan to use money from that to go to a bike for him but I need help. If you have ideas, can spread the word, can donate parts, frame, or money anything helps.

A little about me. I did 6 years in the military, 2 tours to Afghanistan and 1 to Iraq. I delt with PTSD for some time but feel I found ways to over come it. Im currently a Deputy Sheriff and an avid mountain bike. I dont want this to come off as a scam or anything like that. If you need more info please PM me, I would be happy to show you my military ID and my LEO ID and badge. I truely just want to help a man that was my mentor and has given his shirt off his back to people that needed it.
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lll give everyone on here a bit of an update . The bike is built and I was told it will be shipping to me today. I have not received tracking info yet but once it gets to my house I will be paying for the agreed apron portion of the bike.

Dan's new Troy Lee A1 and gloves should be here by Friday. I went to Mikes Bikes today and got him a sweet new Camel Back hydration pack, a nice trail pump, and a multi-tool. I also ran into some of our donors which was very cool. Once I have everything I will put it in the bike box and it will be shipping to Dan.

I wanted to run something by you all as well. There is a good chance there will be some extra money from the GoFundMe page. I would like to donate it to an organization that I know does good work with veterans. The two I had in mind were The Disposable Hero's Project or Mission Volant. As it is not my money, I want your alls input or if you have a recommendation for a different one. 

Again thank you all for your help and support. I can't say it enough and I wish there was a better way I could show my gratitude to everyone.
The bike Dan will be getting hopefully. 2018 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Carbon
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Ok guys I have some BIG NEWS!!! A man that wished to remain anonymous from SoCal (I can't believe the GoFundMe reached SoCal!) contacted me. He said he has a friend who owns a large bike shop in San Clemente and he wanted to help out. The jist of what we went over was he will match plus some on a new bike from this shop. So for 1500 he will give us a 3700 bike and and so on. The guy seems legit and very serious about helping but he was adamant that I do not disclose who he is. He wants me to wait till next thursday and see what we can raise. He said if we can somehow reach 3k he will have no problem getting a 7k bike for Dan. HOLY COW I'm excited and hopeful we can reach this mark.

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