The Warrior Ride provides rehabilitation to wounded service members

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by Joe Flanagan, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 24 at 6:07 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Nearly 30 participants rode uprights, recumbents and handcranks in Thursday's Warrior Ride at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach.

The co-founder of The Warrior Ride likes to describe the veterans they serve as 'combat injured service members.' 

"My husband, Bob, and I knew adaptive cycling was a tool for recreation and rehab for wounded service members," said Debra Racine.

Spectators cheered and waved flags along the route that started at Naval Station Norfolk and wound its way to JEB Little Creek. It was real therapy for veterans who need to repair arms, legs and minds.

"This is our way of saying thank you to our nations heroes," said Bob Racine, who is a three-tour Vietnam Vet and one of the founding members of Delta Force.

Organizers say they held the adaptive cycling event to provide recreation and rehabilitation to the riders. 

"Secondary to this mission is to provide awareness to the community, to allow them to see the actual physical costs of war to our military, and to allow citizens an opportunity to say thank you," organizers said.

Click here for ways you can help The Warrior Ride 

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