George W. Bush hosting 100K bike ride in TX with wounded veterans
POSTED: Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 3:03pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 2, 2014 - 8:27am
(CNN) — Former President George W. Bush wants to remove the stigma that surrounds some injured veterans.
This week, he's hosting a 100-k bike ride in Texas with 20 servicemen and women wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Bush talked about why the labels used to talk about their injuries matter.
TAPPER: "Some of these scars are visible; some of them are not visible. Some of them are traumatic brain injury, TBI or post-traumatic stress."
BUSH: "Yes, that's exactly right. Many of the men that have PTS will tell you that biking has helped them recover. It's a...PTS is an injury and which, it means it's fixable over time."
TAPPER: "And I notice you dropped the D. It's not P-T-S-'D' anymore."
BUSH: "I have dropped the 'D' and thank you for reminding the viewers of that. 'D' stands for disorder and we don't view and a lot of the experts don't view PTS as a disorder. It's an injury and that's really important for a lot of reasons. It's important to eliminate stigma."
The Fourth Annual Warrior 100K is part of the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative.