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Verde Gets Winning Bid On Motorcycle to Benefit CCI

Joe Verde tests out the Harley-Davidson motorcycle that he won with a bid of $27,000, in an auction by ADESA during the 2014 NADA Convention. Also, pictured is Joe Verde and U.S. Air Force veteran, Jason Morgan, with Napal, his service dog while at the auction.

The $27,000 auction bid, along with a $10,000 grant from NADA’s charitable foundation, was presented to the Wounded Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence.  CCI trains companion dogs for wounded veterans.

“These wounded veterans give so much. We really appreciate the NADA Foundation for making us aware of Canine Companions and for giving us the opportunity to contribute to such a worthy cause,” he said.

Joe was able to spend some time with U.S. Air Force veteran Jason Morgan, who is paralyzed from the waist down, and his service dog, Napal, a black Labrador retriever, at the event. Morgan, who was injured when his vehicle was ambushed during a special operations narcotics mission in South America, was on hand to represent CCI at this year’s auction.

“When you go through a disability like mine, it completely changes your life in every way,” Morgan said. “As a veteran, Napal is the biggest contributor to my well-being and my way of life since my injury 14 years ago.”