The second of a three day cycling event for the Wounded Warrior Project, called the “Soldier Ride,” started at the National City Marina under rainy and cold weather conditions, but these brave veterans and their supporters faced the cold and rain, like they did during their military careers, with honor and dedication.

The three day event started at the Courtyard San Diego Mission Valley on February 7th with a bike fitting sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Project and presented by the GEICO Insurance company and U-Haul. WWP provided the equipment, such as state-of-the-art adaptive hand cycles, trikes, and bicycles to accommodate Wounded Warriors with various injuries and disabilities at no cost.

On the Feb. 8, 2013, over 50 Wounded Warriors and their supporters started their journey from under a Giant American flag provided by the National City Fire Department, with National City Firefighters performing as a honor guard and cheering these veterans on their long journey around South San Diego Bay to Coronado. On the 9th, the veterans will once again ride at a local park to Oceanside, CA.

The purpose for these rides of which there are 17 of them throughout the United States and Germany, is to participate in a health and wellness programs such as cycling, which helps to restore their physical, mental and emotional well-being; and gaining peer support by meeting with other injured service members from around the country who share similar experiences. These rides help assist the injured service members in their recovery process, raise awareness for their ongoing needs, and engage community support.

For further information, visit the Wounded Warrior Project.



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Doug Aguillard

Douglas Aguillard is a Contributing reporter to the Military Press. He's a Marine Veteran who specializes in Military and Sports photojournalism.

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