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Old 03-16-14, 11:59 AM   #1
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Wounded Warrior Project

So, somewhere around a year ago, I saw a story about Wounded Warriors Project's "Soldier Ride". I emailed them and asked how I could help on the next ride in L.A. They said there wasn't an L.A. ride, but there is one in San Diego, and they would let me know. I never heard back from them, until a few weeks ago someone emailed me and asked why my name was in the file with a note to call before San Diego. I explained about the forum and offered to get as many volunteers as they needed. They were very grateful, and asked me to get FIVE. Five? I was thinking I could get 20+. Nope, they only needed five. So I picked four forum members who I thought would represent the forum well and be willing to honor these warriors - and lived somewhat close to the ride. It's not about politics. It's not about whether they should have been in Iraq or Afghanistan. It's about the incredible sacrifice these men and women made to serve our country. (To those locals who I didn't invite, I apologize. With only 5 spots, it was a tough call)

So, on Friday, 3/14, our cbadrider (forum administrator), jsigone, TrojanHorse and ahultin joined me at Tidelands Park on Coronado to be "Ride Marshals" on their 14 mile ride down the Silver Strand bike path. This was not a race. It was a group support ride. Some of these people hadn't been on a bike in years. Our job was to keep the group together and provide support to whoever needed it.



From Left to Right: jsigone, ahultin, me, TrojanHorse and Patty.




PhotoJoanne got to know a guy names Hector who is suffering from very severe PTSD. He said the WWP got him out of the house and back into as normal of a life as possible. Without this program, he believes he'd be dead.

Overall, there were 55 warriors and about 10 support for them, plus the 5 ride marshals. In a military town like Coronado, the group was very well received and encouraged.







jsigone in blue



ahultin with a warrior



Patty at the finish



TrojanHorse (middle, looking at the camera)



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Old 03-16-14, 12:00 PM   #2
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Not the par-olympian, but a very cool Cervelo trike



Leading out the ride: Left to Right - Julia (WWP employee), jsigone and me.

And the local news piece:

http://www.cbs8.com/story/24982084/w...fierce-as-ever
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Old 03-16-14, 12:40 PM   #3
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Very Cool. I wish I could have been there; good work.

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It was more than a little sobering to see all the people missing arms and legs. Young people joining the military tend to be more idealistic and less cynical than us old fogies, it's hard to see reality foisted on them so permanently. Life goes on, despite our best efforts to the contrary sometimes and it's good to know that there are organizations out there who reach out and try to do some good.

Thanks to PhotoJoe for organizing us up, it was a beautiful day by the beach.
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This was a great experience and I was honored to be a part of it!
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defiantly great to be part of and talk to a few of the guys. Some even found me on Strava!!

wish I took more pics....PJ thanks for getting this together on the short notice


Wounded Warrior project - soldier ride by jsig1, on Flickr


Wounded Warrior project - soldier ride by jsig1, on Flickr


Wounded Warrior project - soldier ride by jsig1, on Flickr


Wounded Warrior project - soldier ride by jsig1, on Flickr
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Damn, this is the kind of volunteering/helping I wish to do, how did I miss this? You guys rock!
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Good pics. Great project. Wished I coulda made it.
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