CINCINNATI, Aug. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fifty injured service men and women are gearing up for an inspirational trek toward recovery on Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® presented by USAA®. Aimed at facilitating camaraderie and healing through various physical health and wellness activities, the three-day cycling event is often an introductory program for WWP veterans. For some service members, it could mark their first time leaving their home in months, or even years, as they struggle to adjust to their new normal and learn to cope with their wounds.
Before the bike ride, each disabled veteran is fit with adaptive equipment to meet their specific needs. Though the 30-mile journey will certainly provide a physical challenge, the focus of the long weekend will not be on the physical distance travelled, but the advances made in each veteran's individual journey to recovery.
Participants often find Soldier Ride to be a life-changing experience as they connect with fellow service members who are battling the same struggles. What may appear as a fun getaway actually serves as an inspirational weekend retreat packed with team-building activities designed to provide veterans with an opportunity to lean on one another for support and the empowerment they need to take on civilian life.
Soldier Ride presented by USAA is also being supported across the country by U-HAUL, a founding partner of Soldier Ride, and TREK, both proud supporters of WWP.
About Soldier Ride
Soldier Ride® began in 2004 when civilian Chris Carney cycled more than 5,000 miles coast-to-coast in support of WWP. In 2005, Carney again cycled coast-to-coast, this time with several combat-wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldier Ride has been welcomed at the White House since 2008 when President Bush called it "the most inspiring athletic event in the country," and most recently in April 2015 by President Obama where WWP Alumni met privately with him before the event.
Soldier Ride is a physical health & wellness program of WWP, which envisions a generation of wounded veterans well-adjusted in body, receiving the care they need to maximize rehabilitation and live active and healthy lives. Through peer support, adaptive sports, health, nutrition, and recreational activities, WWP helps warriors achieve independence and pursue an excellent quality of life.
More information on Soldier Ride is available at soldierride.org.
About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project