I was completely inspired last October when I did the Marine Corps Marathon alongside some of the men and women who had recently served our country. Throughout the 26.2 miles, I saw signs for the Wounded Warrior Project. Intrigued, I did a little research when I came home. What I discovered was a cause worth racing for!
Tomorrow in Jacksonville, FL, is the Soldier Ride, an adaptive cycling experience honoring wounded veterans and helping to “restore their physical and emotional well-being.” This unique, and incredible cycling experience celebrates the military men and women who courageously battle the physical and psychological damages of war. “Through the exhilaration of cycling, warriors embrace possibilities for the future in a supportive environment with fellow injured service members.” This project is an innitiave of the Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is to honor and empower wounded soldiers by “fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded warriors in this nations history.”
The importance of this cause is obvious, and the innitiatives and events of the WWP are awesome opportunities for families to come together and have a great time for a great cause.
The Soldier Ride is just one of the events of the Wounded Warrior Project. There are running races and other gatherings which promote the physical well-being of not only the soldiers, but all involved. There is a Soldier Ride in Charlotte, NC on May 21, 2011. I am excited for my family to take part. Take a look at the calendar for an event near you! And let me know if you have done any of the Wounded Warrior Project events.