325 Miles later (from Arlington to Virgnina Beach) and I see the determination of a few veterans with some pretty significant disabilities to overcome.
The event was wrapped in what I would describe as a 'hyper-patriotic' package, which was interesting to think about. You know when you see some of these veterans (their war experiences etched so indelibly on their bodies) that the emphasis of the Ride 2 Recovery is making them feel welcomed home and honored and giving them a sense of solidarity.
That message--a positive one--came through loud and clear...I got it.
On the other hand...the heavy military presence in the event, I think, tends to perpetuate the idea that only other veterans can or do or are willing to...get it, that is. From my very non-military hometown, I've found that is certainly not the case at all. At any rate, 'patriotism' in the sense of being enthusiastic about war is not a necessary ingredient to recovery. You can have your doubts...so to speak...and still progress as a human being.
Anyway...as all bicycle rides are great, this one was, too. I was glad to have experienced it. I thank Give An Hour in particular for making it happen for me.