|Photo Credit: U.S. Army|
Medal of Honor recipients Mike Thornton, Sal Giunta and Bob O’Malley joined veterans, civilians and active U.S. troops from all over the country who set out April 5 on a 350-mile, six-day cycling ride through the state of Texas to support the rehabilitation of wounded veterans.
The cycling tour, put on by Ride2Recovery, a non-profit organization that raises funds to support the rehabilitation of injured veterans through indoor spinning and outdoor cycling, departed from the Center for the Intrepid at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio around 10 a.m. March 28 to start the six-day, 350-mile ride through central Texas with overnight stops in San Marcos, Austin, Ft. Hood, Waco, Cleburne and Arlington.
|SAL 10 Commander JR Dye with Mike Thornton, Sal Giunta and Bob O’Malley during the Ride2Recovery Texas Challenge Photo credit: American Legion Post 10|
John Wordin, founder of Ride 2 Recovery says:
“There are a lot of guys riding who never thought in a million years they would be able to do this, but they’re doing it,” said Wordin, who founded Ride 2 Recovery in late 2007 after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs asked him to create a program to help wounded troops. “It’s truly amazing,” he added.
The Ride 2 Recovery, which started in California and now supports cycling events in four states in addition to California and Texas, calls attention to the beneficial results that cycling can have on the recovery and rehabilitation process of injured service men and women.
From right, Nathan Green, a retired airman who was wounded in 2008 during an insurgent rocket attack against the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, and Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler, who was wounded during the Nov. 5, 2009, shootings at Fort Hood, pause with fellow riders during a ceremony held March 31, at the flagpole near the III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas, Headquarters building.
Ride 2 Recovery riders share inspiration with installation Spc. Christopher M. Gaylord, 13th PAD
3 Medal of Honor recipients join 350-mile bike ride to unite nation, wounded warriors Michael Heckman (III Corps & Fort Hood Public Affairs)