Dispatches – The MMI Adventure Ride
Dispatches is an annual motorcycle group adventure ride organized and run by members of Military Minds Inc and aimed at breaking down the stigma surrounding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder through the sharing of personal stories, raising awareness, building comradery through shared challenges, and raising funds to support members of the veteran and first responder community affected by PTSD.
Dispatches, as a part of Military Minds Inc, is dedicated to raising awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and breaking down the stigma surrounding it through the sharing of personal stories and the building of camaraderie, as well as raising funds to support veterans and first responders affected by PTSD and their families.
Dispatches will become the premiere group adventure ride in Canada and a driving force in eliminating the stigma, silence and isolation associated with PTSD.
Dispatches and Military Minds Inc believe in conducting all affairs with transparency and integrity. We are committed to providing true service to the veteran and first responder communities through the efforts of dedicated volunteers across Canada. As such, no member of the Dispatches/Military Minds Inc team collects any wages or receives any compensation for what we do or from the funds raised.
History – How it all Began
Dispatches began as a solo ride around Canada in 2018; one veteran, Michael Terry, travelling over 26,000 km looking to share his story and encourage others to share theirs in the hopes of helping to end the stigma and isolation caused by Operational Stress Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. As a former Dispatch Rider himself, Michael took his venture off the beaten path and sought to carry his message to the farthest corners of the country, not to mention challenging his own riding ability and endurance.
On the morning of August 19th, 2018 Michael crossed paths with The Rolling Barrage, a cross country motorcycle ride facilitated by Military Minds Inc, as they passed through Calgary, AB. Although the encounter was short lived, the connection through purpose and vision was not. Before that day’s ride had properly begun there was already talk of what may come if Dispatches were to align with The Rolling Barrage and Military Minds Inc; and so, here we are, launching the inaugural Dispatches Adventure Ride.