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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Injured veterans from all over the country came together for a three-day bicycling event that ended today in Hot Springs. 

Forty veterans in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project took part in Soldier Ride. The 28-mile ride helps wounded veterans both physically and mentally by having them connect with other soldiers and local communities members. 

Additionally, the event helps bring awareness for those who gave their all for our country. 

“We remind them there are guys back home that you know of that couldn’t make it or were too scared to come out,” says Michael Owens, a sergeant with the United States Marine Corps. “Make yourself that warrior. Stop being the warrior on top being carried and try to transition to the warrior on the bottom carrying somebody else.”  

Sergeant Michael Owens lost his right arm during an explosion in Afganistan in 2005. He says the road to recovery is long but events like this help soldiers get back their confidence and strength by coming out and being visible.

For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project, click here.  

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