FORT HOOD (April 11, 2013)—Nearly 200 wounded veterans left Fort Hood Thursday morning headed to Waco on the fourth day of the Ride 2 Recovery, Texas Challenge.
The ride is a partnership between the military and the Veterans Administration Volunteer Service Office.
The ride, which is being produced by the Fitness Challenge Foundation, benefits rehabilitation programs for wounded veterans that feature cycling as a core activity.
The veterans are cycling from San Antonio to Fort Worth, a 350 mile trip.
The riders will eat lunch at Lakewood Elementary School in Belton and should arrive in Waco by late Thursday afternoon.
They’ll be served dinner at the Dr Pepper Museum.
On Friday they’ll hit the road to ride to Cleburne.
Marine Staff Sgt. Tim Brown of San Antonio is one of the riders.
He lost both of his legs and an arm in 2011 in Afghanistan when he stepped on a homemade bomb.
His brother-in-law, a soldier stationed at Fort Hood, came out to cheer him on Thursday.
Brown said the hardest part about the ride so far was the weather Wednesday.
He said the support of the other riders helps him push forward.
He's planning on doing other rides such as this one.