Former president Bush mountain bikes with wounded soldiers
Saturday, May 03, 2014 - 01:30
May 3 - Wounded service members join former President George W. Bush for a 62-mile mountain bike ride across his Texas ranch. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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Their disabilities can't stop them on this ambitious journey.
These service members are embarking on a 62-mile mountain bike trek -- some without the use of their limbs.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FIRST LT. U.S. ARMY RET., MELISSA STOCKWELL, SAYING:
"Ten years ago, April 13, 2004, on a routine convoy through central Baghdad and a roadside bomb found my humvee and my left leg."
That's Melissa Stockwell, and she's joined other wounded warriors on this annual ride... hosted by former President George W. Bush.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER PRESIDENT George W. Bush, saying:
"The thing that amazes me is that rather than allowing life's difficult circumstances to overwhelm them, they've turned the circumstances into good by showing courage and hard work and sacrifice."
The former president, who signed off on the U.S. invasion of Iraq , opens up his Crawford Ranch for the event each year.
It's part of the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative.
And with it comes a sense of community among these combat veterans.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SGT. ROBERT LENARD, U.S. ARMY (RET.), SAYING:
"Everybody feels like they've known each other for years, and I think it's because we've all been through the same thing and we know what each other are going through at this point in our lives. So, its just a real honor to be with all of these soldiers."
While many here have navigated their way through much more challenging terrain, the ride is a chance to get outdoors and enjoy sunshine.
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