It is Veteran's day here in the United States. Somewhere along the line it has become one of the less popular holidays. I guess people are uncomfortable remembering that today is the day to take a moment and remember the men and women of the world that have lost their lives fighting for what they believed to be right.
The Mercury News printed a story on Monday about a program for veterans that are struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Menlo Park Veteran's Administration Hospital has created a road bike team for vets!
These pictures are from Richard Masoner, known by many for his always informative Cyclelicious blog (he gave me the heads up on the story and the links to the pictures : )
For those of us who ride everyday, the knowledge that it helps clear the mind and gives us the chance to set things straight in our heads has become one of the driving forces behind staying in the saddle. While there is no study to prove riding helps the Vets reduce their symptoms, the article quotes one of the adjustment counselors with the program as saying "Anecdotally, we have a lot of these guys who'll tell you that cycling has helped them as much as their therapy sessions."
Being able to hit the road with others who have been there must be a great relief. I know that the time I spend riding with my friends and family has gone a great way toward clearing my mind and keeping me positive when I have had to face the challenges that life brings.
Take a moment to read the story. Take a moment to remember the soldiers of Fort Hood. Take a moment to remember all of the soldiers that have given their lives. Take a moment to go ride with a friend.