BARCELONETA, Puerto Rico, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Good company and scenery can go a long way in making a workout enjoyable. During a recent Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) cycling event, injured veterans toured the beauty of Puerto Rico while connecting with fellow service members in their community.
Cyclists of all skill levels participated, using standard and adaptive equipment to explore the outdoors and benefit from a few hours of physical activity. Army National Guard veteran German Rivera Caballero was keen to sign up for the connection event, as cycling has become one of his passions.
"Since my first Wounded Warrior Project event – a Soldier Ride in Pittsburgh – I've enjoyed cycling as a way to better myself physically and emotionally," he said. "What I love most is riding with my fellow warriors, who encourage me to be my best."
These connection activities support the recovery needs of warriors by decreasing the potential for isolation and recreating the bonds they experienced during military service. In a WWP survey of the injured warriors it serves, more than half of survey respondents (51.7 percent) talked with fellow veterans to address their mental health issues, and 29.6 percent expressed physical activity helps. Programs like this highlight the importance of managing mental health through physical activity.
"In all Wounded Warrior Project events I've been to, I find the one thing we veterans left behind in our service – brotherhood," German said. "We understand one another, and we can talk about everything. We look out for one another's safety and welfare. It empowers us to be our best selves and overcome adversity."
During the cycling gathering, WWP staff interacted with participants, advising them of additional services to assist in their recoveries. WWP program events accommodate physical injuries and social anxieties, providing opportunities for warriors to form bonds. The programs help injured veterans with mental health, physical health and wellness, career and benefits counseling, and connecting with other warriors and their communities. Generous donors make it possible for wounded warriors to benefit from program resources at no cost to them.
To learn and see more about how WWP's programs and services connect, serve, and empower wounded warriors, visit http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/, and click on multimedia.
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SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project