U.S. Army veteran Michael Horn this week was presented with a custom Harley Davidson motorcycle at the Cool Springs Logan’s Roadhouse after winning the restaurant’s Veteran Bike Giveaway.
Horn was selected randomly. A nominating essay submitted by his wife told his story.
“He would rather serve his fellow man and country than himself,” Michael’s wife, Emily, wrote in his Veterans Day Bike Giveaway nomination. “He has sacrificed everything for our family and for this country. His motto ‘my mission, my men, myself’ still serves him today as it did while he was on active duty.”
In 2002, Horn was injured on a parachute jump and has had 14 surgeries to repair the damage.
These days he volunteers with recovery organizations and helps mentor other wounded veterans who, like Horn, suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
He has had three recent surgeries but continues to actively volunteer at his church.
Horn is an aquatics Director for the Boy Scouts of America, where he trains lifeguards for the BSA and has rescued scouts and scout leaders from drowning.
When Michael and Emily’s twins were born at 30 weeks, they spent nearly 2 months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Horn sold his motorcycle and truck, and used his life savings to pay the bills. When the twins came home, Michael worked as an EMT and was enrolled in college taking 25 credit hours weekly.
“He continues to support our family without any complaints and, even with his PTSD, continues to be positive and upbeat no matter what comes his way,” Emily Horn wrote. “To get him this bike will mean the world to him, as he has been trying to save enough money to buy a motorcycle.”
The custom-designed motorcycle that was created on The History Channel’s television show “Counting Cars.” The bike is a one-of-a-kind Harley Davidson that features Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum flash artwork by Norman Collins.
“Counting Cars” is a program featuring Danny “The Count” Koker, who runs Las Vegas auto shop Count’s Kustoms. The business restores and customizes cars and motorcycles.