Bike rides are so refreshing, I love them, and take for granted that I can hop on my bike any time and peddle to my hearts content. Thanks to a program dubbed Soldier Ride, groups of wounded veterans get together to ride, but they don’t take anything for granted.
“Soldier Ride is a fast-growing, city-by-city national cycling event that raises money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit that provides a variety of services and support for those injured while fighting overseas.”
The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2002 by John Melia and his brother, father and friends out of his basement. Melia got the idea after being wounded in a helicopter crash while serving in Somalia in 1992. “We really fill a gap that’s been missing for a long time,” he said.
Read the NPR story: A Chance To Start Over – Wounded Vets Ride Again
“The project also supported the creation and introduction of the Dignified Treatment of Wounded Warriors Act in the Senate. The act requires the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide additional tools and care for injured veterans.”
“It’s an amazing piece of legislation,” Delaney said. “It provides money if you’re seriously injured to help ease the burden of transition.”
The courage of these soldiers surpass their service on the battlefield. They support one another and bring awareness and dignity to the sacrifices made in the line of duty.
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* content from Jacksonville Business Journal by Dave Strupp, Staff Writer
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