Friday, July 20, 2012

The Long Road Home Project Passes Through Leavenworth Today

Supporting the men and women of our military has always been a cause that is near and dear to my heart so when this story passed my desk I had to share it.

A group of five veterans are cycling across country on a 90 day bike ride for the Long Road Home Project and will be stopping in Leavenworth today, Friday July 20 at 2pm. (I wish I would have gotten this story earlier to give you more notice, but it may not be too late for some of you.) The ride will take the veterans though 12 States, pedaling more than 4,200 miles to end 90 days later in Washington D.C. They are scheduled to be at the top of Stevens Pass at 12pm July 20, 2012 and have requested any kind of support they can get. They encourage local riders to accompany them at the following locations as their personal time/abilities allow:

12:00 pm        Stevens Pass
12:30 pm        Nason Creek Rest Area
2:00 pm        Arrive Leavenworth
2:30 pm        Depart Leavenworth escorted by local riders to Wenatchee
5:30 pm        Arrive Wenatchee Veteran’s Hall (504 So. Chelan Ave)
Whether you would like to join them on a bike or wave a flag on the side of the road, your support and turnout keeps them fueled and inspired for their long journey ahead.
By the end of their 90 day journey:

1,500 vets will have committed suicide.
270,000 cases of PTSD will have been reported since the inception of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
50,000 veterans will have returned home physically wounded since 2001, and
300,000 vets will spend a night on the street.

I encourage you to spend a minute or two and peek around on their website or share this post. These 5 vets are cycling to UNITE and raise awareness of the wounds left behind by war. If you would like to make a financial contribution to support the Long Road Home Project, the first $75,000 raised will go to support this years ride and any funds raised above this will go towards supporting future rides and Operation First Response, a national non-profit dedicated to serve all branches of our nation’s Wounded Heroes and their families with personal and financial needs.

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