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)