Wounded Veterans Cross America for Soldier Ride DC and White House Ceremony
WASHINGTON, May 2, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Soldier Ride® recently returned to Washington, DC for its annual events at the White House and Annapolis. This multi-day adaptive cycling event gave more than 70 wounded warriors and their caregivers a chance to connect, while challenging themselves physically and mentally.
Last year, Army veteran Deven Schei had the special privilege of introducing the president to other attending warriors during the White House ceremony. This year, he was there as a rider, along with his brother and fellow Army veteran, Erik. They rode together through Annapolis, but not on separate bikes – they shared a specially adapted tandem bicycle that suits their needs.
"We started riding in 2011, and we try to do one 40- to 50-mile ride each year," Deven said. "It's something we can do together, just me and him."
During his service in 2005, Erik was critically wounded by a sniper's bullet. His resulting traumatic head injury is so severe that he requires extensive caregiver support from his parents. But before Erik was shot, Deven made a solemn vow: "If something happens to you while you're over there, I promise to finish what you started." Deven kept his word and enlisted.
"I was in the 101st airborne, doing the same job my brother did as a combat engineer," Deven said. "Unfortunately, in 2008, me and my squad were ambushed. I got hit and ended up going into a long recovery."
In time, Erik and Deven were introduced to WWP and its Soldier Ride program, which empowered them to get outside of their comfort zones. Most importantly, it introduced to them to a supportive community and camaraderie that changed their lives forever.
To read the rest of Deven's story, along with other stories from the White House event, click here.
About Soldier Ride
Soldier Ride® is a Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) program that empowers wounded veterans to push themselves beyond their comfort zones and begin their roads to recovery, alongside their fellow veterans. See how at http://woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/soldier-ride.
About Wounded Warrior Project
Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers – helping them achieve their highest ambition. Learn more: http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/about-us.
SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project