Wind therapy: Veteran hero with PTSD got a free Harley from Hogs for Heroes
ARPIN, Wis. (BIKER DAD)– A veteran hero with PTSD got a free Harly from Hogs for Heroes. Staff Sergeant Ashley Ferg is the 21st vet to get a bike through the Wisconsin program. She picked out her Harley in Army green, appropriate for her 16 years in the Army National Guard.
Ferg wasn’t just a weekend warrior either. She was deployed multiple times in combat areas. “She saw things that can’t be unseen, she felt things that can’t be forgotten, and she did things, in war, that can’t be undone. Those “things” all came together quickly to deeply settle within and create PTSD that left her struggling with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts for the next 15 years of her life,” Hogs for Heroes wrote.
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Ferg fought the demons through good old-fashioned “wind therapy” when she started riding in 2018. But her bike was in disrepair and she couldn’t ride. That all changed when the group stepped in to help. They delivered the bike to her this weekend at the Brothers by Choice Veterans MC clubhouse this weekend.
Staff Sergeant and Stryker Commander Ashley Ferg was with the Army National Guard for 16 years as a Chemical Operations and Chemical Reconnaissance Specialist, and during that time deployed twice to combat zones— first in Afghanistan, then in Iraq. As there wasn’t a need for her MOS, she was assigned to fill in vacated positions with the units she was attached to and found herself working in roles she was less than prepared for. She saw things that can’t be unseen, she felt things that can’t be forgotten, and she did things, in war, that can’t be undone. Those “things” all came together quickly to deeply settle within and create PTSD that left her struggling with depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts for the next 15 years of her life. One of the best things she did for herself as she began fighting back and taking control of her life was to take a riders class and buy her first bike in 2018. Unfortunately the old bike was in disrepair and needed more work than imagined, and it has compromised her time on the road. Hogs For Heroes thought Ashley’s healing path was best supported by keeping riding in her life, and it thrilled us to be able to place our second female Veteran on the road. Learn more about Ashley’s candid struggle with life here, and join us as we hand over her set of keys to the bike she’s dreamed of on August 7. Click here for her event details and a PDF flier to print off.