Wounded military veterans ride to recovery

Tampa, Florida -- Thirty military veterans, most of them wounded and honored with the Purple Heart, pedaled 21 miles around Tampa today.

They are a part of the Ride to Recovery program and Project Hero. It supports former members of the military with their rehab after they've been injured. The two programs have many sponsors including United Healthcare.

Some of the vets who rode today are missing one limb or even two or three limbs. Others are suffering from "post traumatic stress disorder" and severe brain injuries.

"Cycling is like therapy. You ride, not only with your body but your mind. I don't think about the bad things in life when I am on my bike," said Jennifer Royce.

The programs help train veterans who have limited movement to ride. They offer exercises that teach "right pushing," where one rider cycles next to another one and keeps them moving forward if they're missing a limb.


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