Eight veterans of the Special Operations Forces proved that they were still some of the toughest men in America during a nine-day motorcycle ride from Seattle to Tampa, FL.
The ride – appropriately named Project Road Warrior – was designed to help wounded and injured special operations vets take back their independence and freedom. Covering more than 3,000 miles in less than 10 days, the voyage led the ambitious vets through Colorado, Wyoming and parts of Texas.
Two Air Force Academy classmates got the idea after reading about a scooter ride from Alaska to the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. One of the young men piloted the Air Force’s E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System before he was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2010.
Originally, the servicemen wanted Project Road Warrior to be a scooter ride as well, but they decided the three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder was more practical. As an added bonus, Can-Am provided nine of their Spyder vehicles to the wounded vets at no cost.
Air Force Technician Sergeant Alex Eudy was an Air Force special operations weather technician before he suffered life-changing injuries in Afghanistan. In 2009, a bomb hit the vehicle he was traveling in, crushing his feet and ankles.
Eudy still serves on active duty at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, with the help of special braces to keep weight off his feet. He and his fellow wounded riders called the trip “adventure therapy.”
According to Eudy, just being on the road without the pressures of everyday life produced visible changes in most of the riders.
“For 10 straight days all I’m focusing on is my brothers- and sisters-in-arms, the folks that I’ve met,” Eudy said. “Here we are a bunch of wounded and injured vets helping each other out, and just laughing about it.”
Anthony Radetic was an Army aviator before a motorcycle accident paralyzed him from the waist down. In a wheelchair he feels different from his fellow veterans, but on a bike everything is different. “I’m hanging with these guys. When I pull up to a light, no one even knows I’m in a wheelchair,” Radetic said. “It’s an equalizer.”
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[Did You Know: In 2012, 3.6 million American veterans were living with a service-connected disability.]
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