Wounded warriors ride through Central Texas

POSTED: Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 4:16pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

FORT HOOD -- On their way from San Antonio to Arlington, more than 200 wounded warriors rode to recovery through Central Texas. Their first stop was in Fort Hood, it was a sight to see. These soldiers were truly defying the odds.

"We all have different disabilities and been through horrible stuff, and we all work together to accomplish anything," said Soldier Mike McNaughton.

McNaughton lost his leg in Afghanistan to a land mine, but that doesn't stop him from riding.

It doesn't stop a Vietnam Vet we spoke to who lost his legs to a rocket in 1969 at 20 years old. He said the biking changed his whole outlook on life.

"It gives me the welcome home that we didn't get. If you can conceive it, you can achieve it with the right equipment," said the Veteran. "It's another day that I can be free. It's like flying."

Custom bikes are made for each soldier. Some use their legs to peddle, others their hands and even prosthetics, but it's about more than bikes.

Like Danny Kennedy who was hit by a humvee when saving another soldier's life. He never thought things would be the same. A month out of a wheelchair, he was on his special bike.

"You're around similar people with injuries so you're PTSD and stuff is not as bad, and it helps with a group setting that usually freaks me out. It shows me, you know, that I'm hurt not dead, and I can still go out and do things,"  said Kennedy.

The soldiers should be arriving in Arlington Saturday after nearly 400 miles of biking.


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