Tuesday, April 5, 2011

3 Medal of Honor recipients join 350-mile bike ride to unite nation, wounded warriors

Photo Credit: Michael Heckman, III Corps & Fort Hood Public Affairs.

Dick Brock, 66, of Garden Grove, Ca., nicknamed "Sea Bass" by other riders, is welcomed by troops from Fort Hood, Texas, as riders participating in the Texas Challenge Ride 2 Recovery arrive for an overnight rest March 30, in Killeen, Texas.

FORT HOOD, Texas -- With the assistance of three Medal of Honor recipients, this year's Texas Challenge, one in the Ride 2 Recovery series, helped wounded warriors heal from the wounds of wars suffered in Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The approximately 230 riders passed through Fort Hood, Texas, March 31, en route to Arlington, Texas for a Major League Baseball game. They began their six-day, 350-mile journey March 28, at the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio.

After a crowd of several hundred people had gathered near the flagpole outside the III Corps Headquarters, Lt. Gen. Bob Cone, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, praised the wounded warriors.

"To see this is awe-inspiring. Folks, the Ride Two Recovery is an amazing group," Cone said. "It represents what is best about our country, about the military and most important, the human spirit. Thanks for inspiring my Soldiers to do their best in every endeavor."

Three medal of honor recipients participated in the Texas Challenge, including Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta, the first living recipient of the nation' highest military award since Vietnam. Cone also acknowledged "Fort Hood's local hero," Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler.

Zeigler, who was severely wounded in the Nov. 5, 2009, shootings on Fort Hood, sat near the front of the column of riders, ready to pedal his way on a recumbent-trike from the flagpole to the front gate.

It was Zeigler's first ride since undergoing brain surgery March 4, after falling while on vacation with his wife, Jessica, in Reno, Nev.

After surviving another life-threatening experience, Zeigler said, "It feels great to be here with the whole group, especially everybody in the Texas Challenge. I wish I could have done the whole thing with them, but I'm not strong enough yet."[Read the rest...]
God Bless our wounded warriors and all of our finest and bravest.

Cross posted at the Jawa Report

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