Biking with Wounded Veterans in Texas

By BG Gary Cheek, WTC Commander

Warrior Transition Command commander, BG Gary Cheek (center), congratulates SSG Kenny Griffith, A Co., 1st Bn. Fort Hood Warrior Transition Brigade (WTB), on completing the San Antonio to Fort Hood leg of the Ride2Recovery 350-mile cycling challenge for wounded warriors. At left is SFC Jason Kirk, A Co., 1st Bn. WTB. Both Soldiers are competing in Warrior Games in May. (Photo by Gloria Montgomery, WTB Public Affairs)

Warrior Transition Command commander, BG Gary Cheek (center), congratulates SSG Kenny Griffith, A Co., 1st Bn. Fort Hood Warrior Transition Brigade (WTB), on completing the San Antonio to Fort Hood leg of the Ride2Recovery 350-mile cycling challenge for wounded warriors. At left is SFC Jason Kirk, A Co., 1st Bn. WTB. Both Soldiers are competing in Warrior Games in May. (Photo by Gloria Montgomery, WTB Public Affairs)

As a Soldier, physical activity is a part of my daily routine. It keeps me fit and focused. It’s also fun – especially the past couple of days as I’ve biked with wounded Veterans in Ride 2 Recovery. Having done this before, it’s an event I always look forward to. Open air. Open road. Open conversations.

For me, biking is normally a way to relax but with Ride 2 Recovery this week it’s been more about inspiration. Seeing a Veteran with a missing leg or missing arm pumping the pedals next to me is fantastic! It’s an honor to get to know them and the mindset it takes to rebuild their life post injury. To not accept defeat. To learn new ways of doing their favorite activities. These are lessons that can benefit us all.

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