Bike ride across cities helps veterans heal


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on April 9, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 9 at 11:32 PM

AUSTIN –  More than 200 wounded American veterans stopped in Austin Tuesday night on their way to Fort Worth on bicycles.

The program is called “Ride 2 Recovery.” It’s rehab for veterans using cycling as a tool.

“The bike saved my life. That's about all I can say. I haven't let it go. I haven't given any thought as to why I wouldn't cycle,” said John Kennelly, a participating veteran.

Ride 2 Recovery is in its fifth year and so far 2,500 men and women injured in combat have found healing on two wheels.

On Monday, the cyclists took off from Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio stopping off in San Marcos and Austin.

The veterans will take seven days to travel 400 miles.

The word which kept surfacing when talking to each veteran was: “camaraderie.”

“It makes your story and what you've gone through a little bit less challenging when you can be there for somebody else too,” Kennelly said.

Ride 2 Recovery participants are leaving Austin Wednesday morning heading to Fort Hood in Killeen.

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