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Ride to Recovery helps veterans heal through cycling

Ride to Recovery helps veterans heal through cycling


ERIN: MORE THAN 200 VOLUNTEERS TOOK PART IN TODAY’S EVENT. DAN: 516 MILES IN SEVEN DAYS IS WHAT HUNDREDS OF INJURED VETERANS ARE DOING AS THEY TAKE PART IN A RIDE TO RECOVERY. CAITLIN CONRAD GOT THEIR STORY IN MONTEREY. CAITLIN: 200 OF THE VETERANS RODE FROM SANTA CRUZ TO CARMEL TODAY. THE VETERANS I SPOKE WITH SAY THEY HAVE BEEN INJURED AND THE RIDE IS HELPING THEM HEAL. EVERYONE SHOULD JOIN US. CAITLIN: LOCAL VETERAN RAMON REYES SAID WHEN HE FIRST HEARD ABOUT RIDE TO RECOVERY, HE DID NOTHING HE COULD DO IT. I DO NOT THINK I COULD DO IT, BUT I DID IT AND I FELT ACCOMPLISHED. IT IS GREAT. STRETCH. GET YOUR STRETCHES GOING. CAITLIN: THE RIDE HAS BECOME A ROUTINE THAT HELPS HIM HEAL AFTER 15 YEARS IN THE MILITARY AND TWO TOURS OF IRAQ. IT KEEPS US MOTIVATED, DEDICATED. MAKES US FORGET ABOUT THE DARKNESS. THE STUFF THAT HAPPENED OVER THERE. CAITLIN: THE CALIFORNIA CHALLENGE HAS RI DERS GOING FROM PALO ALTO TO SANTA MONICA. ALL VETERANS COMPLETE THE RIDE. CYCLING WORKS WITH BRAIN INJURY. THERE IS A LOT OF MUSCLE MEMORY FROM WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD. BY HAVING THEM RIDE FOUR OR FIVE HOURS SIDE-BY-SIDE, THEY GET SOME THERAPY. CAITLIN: ORGANIZERS SAY VETERANS ARE DEALING WITH MORE THAN JUST PHYSICAL INJURY. SOME MENTAL ONES LIKE PTSD AND BRAIN INJURIES. IT IS DEFINITELY LIKE A FAMILY. CAITLIN: KATIE SERVED IN IRAQ. SHE SAYS THERE ARE NOT MANY PLACES YOU CAN FIND SO MANY PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND WHAT SHE HAS BEEN THROUGH. I ENJOY THE CAMARADERIE. THE EXERCISE AT THE SAME TIME. MEETING PEOPLE THAT ENJOY THE SAME ACTIVITIES AS YOU AND ALSO SERVED. THEY KIND OF UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM. IT IS A REALLY GOOD TIME. CAITLIN: IT IS REALLY GREAT TO SEE THIS IN ACTION. THEY MAKE ADAPTIVE BIKES TO MAKE SURE ANYONE WHO WANTS TO RIDE CAN DO IT. THEY HAVE A PIT CREW THAT FOLLOWS HIM AROUND SO IF ANYTHING HAPPENS, NO ONE FALLS BEHIND. DAN: GOOD FOR THEM.

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