Meet fellow injured US military service members at Soldier Ride cycling events nationwide
The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is an organization dedicated to assisting military service members injured on or following September 11, 2001, through unique programs and services. Through the five core tenants of "Fun, Integrity, Loyalty, Innovation, and Service" (FILIS), the Wounded Warrior Project seeks to empower and give back to veterans who have physical or mental injuries, illnesses, or wounds.
One popular program that the WWP hosts each year is the Soldier Ride, a cycling event during which participants travel to various cities around the country and invite veterans and wounded service members "to use cycling and the bonds of service to overcome physical, mental, or emotional wounds." The Soldier Ride is invigorating, inspiring, and a great way to meet new friends, get some exercise, and enjoy a day of energetic outdoor fun.
President Barack Obama got involved in the fun at April’s recent DC Soldier Ride by greeting cyclists, cheering them to the finish line, and generating laughs with his signature jovial sense of humor, joking about yoga “warrior” poses.
During the past year, the Soldier Ride took place in the following cities/areas around the globe:
- Miami & Key West, Florida
- Jacksonville, Florida
- San Diego, California
- Washington, DC
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Houston, Texas
- Chicago, Illinois
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- New York, New York
- Seattle, Washington
- North Fork, New York
- North Carolina
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Tampa, Florida
- San Antonio, Texas, and
- Landstuhl, Germany.
The Soldier Ride welcomes and accommodates veterans of all mobility levels. Wounded Warrior provides adaptive equipment free of charge to participants, including state-of-the-art adaptive hand cycles, trikes, and bicycles. The program takes place over four days. Day one includes orientation/bike-fitting and meet-and-greet events. On day two, participants go on a short program ride to test out their new equipment, while day three is the intense, exhilarating long-program ride covering 25-mile or 50-mile courses. Locals and supporters will come out to cheer the warriors as they pass. The final day is for wrapping up the event and saying goodbyes to new friends.
If you are an injured veteran who wishes to join WWP and participate in program such as the Soldier Ride, click here to register online.
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Lance Corporal Joshua Misiewicz, 23, was treated at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda since stepping on an IED in Afghanistan this past July. This much-viewed photographed features Lance Cpl. Misiewicz while in Sangin, Afghanistan, April 13, 2011, with the 3rd platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 8.
Amramp of Northern Illinois is proud to be a backdrop to the warm holiday homecoming that greeted Lance. Hundreds of supporters greeted him as he traveled from O’Hare International Airport to his home in La Grange, Ill., just outside Chicago.
Bill Woods, Amramp Northern IL, worked with the nonprofit Operation Homefront to ensure Lance could easily access his home during the holidays after losing both his legs. Bill Woods and his team installed the steel wheelchair ramp with a day’s notice.
The 60-foot ramp easily overcomes the steep flight of steps leading to the home’s front porch. The ramp even performed double-duty as Lance Cpl. Misiewicz spoke to the crowd in this video. His “What a welcome home!” was quickly interrupted by cheers of “Welcome Home!”
Lance will spend two weeks at home with his family. Then he'll return to Bethesda for more physical therapy. Read more about Lance Cpl. Misiewicz.
Amramp of Northern IL installs wheelchair ramps all across Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, as well a several counties in Northwestern Indiana, and the major cities of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, Wisconsin, as well as Gary, Indiana.
Organizers of Memorial Day services – this year on Monday, May 30 – need to review their plans to be certain all venues are wheelchair accessible. This is especially important as the number of older Veterans swells.
Older Veterans who served in World War II, Korea, or Vietnam are sure to attend Memorial Day ceremonies, as well as younger Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Parades are not as common today as they once were, often replaced by wreath-layings at Veterans memorials.
Locations for these ceremonies may not be wheelchair accessible, as the Milford, Mass., Commission on Disability decided to overcome steps leading up to the annual Memorial Day ceremony platform. The decades-long traditional parade and speeches remain a town highlight, featuring honored guests from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS, and Disabled American Veteransgroups.
Milford’s 2010 Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal Raymond Zaccarino, a Vietnam Veteran, easily accessed the podium via Amramp’s modular wheelchair ramp, which the town rented for the day, Milford Veterans Agent John A. Pilla said. And the town will again provide an Amramp ramp for 2011 Memorial Day services on Monday, May 30.
This Memorial Day is especially poignant for America’s Veterans, as the last of the World War I doughboys, Frank Buckles of West Virginia, died in February. Buckles was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in March.
The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that nearly 1,000 World War II Veterans die each day. For those who served across the globe in what was called The Great War, Memorial Day services remain an important American tradition. It would be a disservice to Veterans if ceremonies honoring them and their fallen comrades were not accessible to those who use wheelchairs or walking aids.
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With the passage of another Veterans Day, we at Amramp would like to propose that Americans think of both active duty and veterans every day.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan come home to our communities when we welcome soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines: Nearly all of Amramps’ independent owners have supported such homecomings, bittersweet as families cope with service members’ injuries.
All 40 Amramp franchise locations nationwide, strive to make these homecomings as seamless as possible, returning these heroes to their families as quickly as possible once they are discharged from medical facilities, installing modular ramps generally within 48 hours.
In some cases, the wheelchair ramp is only temporary. As happy as our professional installers are to provide the ideal ramp rental for every situation, we’re equally thrilled when that ramp is no longer needed.
In long-term cases, Amramp provides the ideal wheelchair ramp solution that can hack almost any weather. Whether it’s long-term, short-term, or uncertain, Amramp is committed to making sure our customers, veterans or not, are satisfied.
Your home should be welcoming you, not worrying you.
Call Amramp today to schedule a free on-site estimate.
Please contact Amramp’s National Call Center at 888-715-7598.