Veterans and healing Soldiers ride to recovery

Monica Cortez-KTSM

POSTED: Monday, March 17, 2014 - 5:03pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 6:50pm

You've heard of the long road to recovery, and that is exactly what several wounded Soldiers and healing veterans are doing riding on the Ride 2 Recovery.

This is a unique challenge aimed toward veterans and soldiers who may have been wounded in combat.

It’s a 450 mile stretch from Houston to Fort Worth Texas.  Veterans and servicemembers from all over the country gather at the starting line in Houston for their six-day journey.

"Whether it’s from direct fire or indirect fire, or just by seeing the results of combat, it has helped me clear my mind on that,” said CW2 Waldemar Miro, 3rd Brigade 1st Armored Division.

Miro said it’s been difficult accepting what he's been through in battle, but once he's on the road with hundreds of other healing veterans his mood changes gears helping him cope.

"You think that your brain isn't working right after deploying and all that stuff,” he said. “And then you go into this ride and you see these people who are a hundred times worse than you. “Double amputees, quadruple amputees, blind people just doing the same distance you are doing and it makes you think, you know they can do it, I am definitely not that bad."

Marc Cattapan, the Adaptive Sports Director for the Warrior Transition Unit works with Soldiers to help them heal through the adaptive sport of cycling .

"The sacrifice the troops have made physically and mentally, as you help them on their journey on the bike, and you also help them along their healing journey," said Cattapan.

About 10 El Paso cyclists will fly to Houston on Saturday and begin their 450 mile journey on Sunday.

"You’ll see so many people with injuries unbelievable that they're able to cycle,” said Paula Crowe, Marine Corps Veteran. “And they are able to push through what an average person doesn't think they can push through."

One of our producers, who is also a disabled veteran, will be taking on the challenge as well and she will report daily along the trek. You can check out her stories on our website starting March 23.

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