Visiting Veterans Defeat Their Injuries


"I was involved in the Ft. Hood shooting. I was shot five times by a Major Hasan," said Matthew Cooke, United States Military Veteran.

Cave City, Ky (WBKO) -- South Central Kentucky welcomed hundreds of injured veterans as they cycled through town today.
"Its therapy on wheels. It's my sanctuary," said Hunter Stoneking, United States Military Veteran.

This event is part of the Unitedhealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Bluegrass Challenge. This is one of many trips cyclists from all over the country partake in.

The rides are designed to help the veterans improve their health and wellness. Some riders are learning new physical challenges as they use the ride as rehabilitation.

"I was involved in the Ft. Hood shooting. I was shot five times by a Major Hasan," said Matthew Cooke, United States Military Veteran.

Others use the trip to work through mental challenges.

"I did two tours of duty. I got out out in 2007 and was kind of lost for quite a few years. Then, I found a bike," said Hunter Stoneking, United States Military Veteran.

While traveling today, the group stopped at WigWam Village, in Cave City. They began their seven day, four-hundred-fifty-mile, route in Covington, Kentucky and plan to finish in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday.

"The United Healthcare and the USO provide for us to ride free," said Matthew Cooke, United States Military Veteran.

The rides are open to all branches of the military.

"Its great to bring an adaptive therapy program to the veterans across the country. We do have so many veterans that are coming home and they need an outlet," said Hunter Stoneking, United States Military Veteran.

The cyclists are staying overnight in Bowling Green, at Holiday Inn on Wilkinson Trace. The community is welcome to visit the veterans at the hotel for encouragement and photos.


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