The Soldier Ride begins this weekend as veterans embark on a 3,000-mile journey on bicycles and adapted bicycles to raise awareness for wounded vets and their needs here at home.
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Wounded Warrior Project is transforming the way America’s injured veterans are empowered, employed, and engaged in our communities. Soldier Ride is one of Wounded Warrior Project’s most iconic events. It began in 2004 when Long Island native Chris Carney cycled more than 5,000 miles coast-to-coast to help raise awareness for injured veterans. The following year, several combat warriors who returned from Operation Enduring Freedom with visible and invisible injuries joined Chris for another cross-country ride. This trek across the nation redefined personal strengths and limitations. Despite many obstacles, the group of warriorsrefused to give up – using the experience as a catalyst to show the public and themselves that with support and motivation, anything is possible.
DID YOU KNOW?
· Soldier Ride Across America commemorates the 15-year anniversary of Chris Carney’s historic coast-to-coast trek in support of injured veterans, which spurred the creation of Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride program.
· Soldier Ride Across America consists of three teams of wounded warriors representing the U.S. East Coast, Central, and West Coast regions.
· Soldier Ride Across America kicks off in Manhattan on Sept. 8. Warriors will visit numerous cities on the cross-country journey – including Washington, DC; Somerset, Pennsylvania; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee; Little Rock, Arkansas; Lubbock and El Paso, Texas; and Tucson, Arizona – all before ending in San Diego, California, on Oct. 8.
· Soldier Ride Across America has a 3,300-mile route – with each team riding more than 1,000 miles.
Today, Soldier Ride continues to inspire warriors and help them find their next mission in life – a healthy recovery and successful transition to life after injury. Soldier Ride uses adaptive cycling technology to help wounded veterans redefine their limitations and become well-adjusted in mind and body, receiving the care they need to maximize recovery and live active and healthy lives.