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Bulger's Beat: Wounded veterans complete 400-mile bicycle ride

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FORT CAMPBELL, KY (WSMV) -

A wounded soldier's story doesn't end on the battlefield. Healing takes place in many ways, and dozens of wounded veterans with life-changing combat injuries proved that Friday with more than just a ride in the park.

Starting at Fort Campbell, the cyclists pedaled their way to Nashville as part of the event Ride 2 Recovery. For some of the veterans, it was the completion of a winding 460-mile ride from Cincinnati.

"Tiring, but rewarding and fun. We're gonna finish as a team, and we'll finish strong," said Ret. Maj. Nathan Green.

Ride 2 Recovery is a program hoping to raise awareness about cycling and the opportunity it gives to proud wounded veterans.

"We do it so we have something positive in our lives - something positive to keep doing, to replace what we can't do anymore," said veteran Jason Bickodil.

The rides are mostly about camaraderie and competition, two essential parts of a soldier's life that get reignited on these rides.

The applause from spectators along the route is a nice bonus.

"Oh, my God. Great. I did the Texas challenge, but this one much more challenging. But, hey, I've made every mile so far," said cyclist Nekita Hunter.

For some with such severe combat injuries, a one-mile ride would be impressive, but these heroic men and women prefer a life of above and beyond.

"Think about riding 450 miles on a bicycle, 450 miles. That's not over the course of a year. That's over the course of a week. It's just been awesome what they've been able to accomplish," said Rebecca Murphy, physical therapist at Fort Campbell.

The bike riders credit the Warrior Transition Battalion and the Adaptive Cycling Program at Fort Campbell for helping them embrace the idea of life after injury.

For more information on Ride 2 Recovery, visit: https://ride2recovery.com/.

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