- Associated Press - Monday, May 25, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A motorcycle club in Minot is opening a bar to support the club’s charitable work to benefit military veterans.

Apathy Original Motorcycle Club acquired a former barbershop building between Minot and Burlington and obtained a county liquor license. Officials hope to have at least the headquarters portion of the building ready by June 27 when the club hosts its annual memorial ride to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder and money for treatment.

“Nobody is going to make money individually,” Club President Jory Stevenson told the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/1KuZkeG ). “It’s an opportunity. It’s a business venture. Our ending state is to generate a consistent amount of income to facilitate what we do.”

More than 100 riders are expected to take part in the memorial ride, which is named for National Guard Staff Sgt. Joe Biel, who killed himself after suffering from PTSD after two tours of duty in Iraq.

In 2010, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution introduced by then-Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., designating June 27 - Biel’s birthday - as National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day. The resolution stated that 40,000 Defense Department patients were diagnosed with PTSD between 2003 and 2007. From 2000 to 2009, more than 5,000 people were hospitalized with the diagnosis and more than 500,000 people were treated in outpatient visits.


Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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