Wounded warrior bike ride therapeutic for veterans - Fox 2 News Headlines

Wounded warrior bike ride therapeutic for veterans

Posted: Updated:
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -

The Wounded Warrior Project has always focused on what wounded soldiers can do, not what they can't do. This weekend, they'll be hitting the bike paths of metro Atlanta for an exhilarating ride.

Any rider will tell you there's nothing like a bike ride, but for these soldiers it goes beyond the physical.

For retired Army veteran J. D. Greer, it felt good to get back on a bike.

"Most of the people in the military, we've always been athletic. And then that stops for a short period of time while we recover from our injuries," said Greer.

Greer had his arm amputated below the elbow. An adapter allows Greer to connect himself to the bike, allowing him to ride.

"Any bike for any person. It doesn't matter if they're missing a leg or missing a hand, post-traumatic stress disorder, whatever the case may be," said Dan Schnock of Soldier Ride.

Greer and dozens of other veterans are participating in Soldier Ride. It's a unique four-day cycling opportunity for wounded warriors to use cycling to overcome physical, mental, or emotional wounds.

"You get a chance when these warriors are out here, together a group of 50, they lower their defenses, they get a chance to talk to each other and they can tell stories and understand those stories," said Schnock.

They will ride 10 miles in Stone Mountain on one day, and 26 miles the next.

"They get to see the nature, be a part of the culture, but also engage each other. And that to me is the best part, while they're doing a bit of physical fitness," Schnock said.

But for veterans, the ride helps body and mind.

"It helps out a lot for self-esteem, confidence and keeping yourself healthy, so you have a good quality of life," Greer said.

Soldier rides have already taken place in Washington DC, Miami, Chicago and New York.

For more information on the Soldier Ride, click here!

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

  • Good Day Atlanta

    Pike Nurseries: Gardening in small spaces

    Pike Nurseries: Gardening in small spaces

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-08-22 13:00:20 GMT
    Sometimes less can be more! A small space shouldn't limit your garden or your imagination—hanging baskets, containers, window boxes, espaliered fruit trees….they're all great ways to made a big gardening impact – even on the most limited high rise balcony!
    Sometimes less can be more! A small space shouldn't limit your garden or your imagination—hanging baskets, containers, window boxes, espaliered fruit trees….they're all great ways to made a big gardening impact – even on the most limited high rise balcony!
  • Kennesaw celebrates BBQ festival

    Kennesaw celebrates BBQ festival

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:52:25 GMT
    Don't worry...that incredible aroma of smoke-cooked BBQ isn't just in your imagination. It's coming from Kennesaw, where the grills are fired up for an annual tradition.
    Don't worry...that incredible aroma of smoke-cooked BBQ isn't just in your imagination. It's coming from Kennesaw, where the grills are fired up for an annual tradition.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices