Wounded warriors to bond on 30-mile bike ride in Oklahoma City this weekend

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Bicycles will be loaded up and hauled down to the Chesapeake Boathouse for a three-day, 40-mile bike ride.

This event will bring together wounded warriors for a great cause.

"We have a high warrior population here, so we have added a new ride in OKC," Angela Staab, Soldier Ride Recruiter, said.

On Thursday, dozens of veterans from around the country were fitted in these specially made bicycles to participate in the soldier ride.

"Some of them haven't been active since they've been injured or they've gotten out of the service, or sometimes they've just isolated and kind of shut down, so this brings them off of the couch and out of their homes," Staab said.

Organizers say they have riders of all abilities including amputees, veterans suffering with vision or hearing issues, and other injuries you can't see.

"70 percent of the injuries that we do serve are either post-traumatic stress or warriors suffering with a traumatic brain injury,” Staab said.

Jason Davis left Mustang in 2004 to serve in Iraq and Korea.

He was diagnosed with a brain tumor while on-duty. It's the veterans around him who keep him strong.

"A lot of these guys have sustained severe injuries, and it hasn't stopped them. They're out here. They're about to ride 30 miles on bikes," Jason Davis said.

Even more, this bike ride is about friendship and a special bond.

"The Wounded Warrior Project is great with just getting brothers and sisters out there back in that same environment. You feel like you won't know people or that it will be different, but it's like walking back on base," Davis said.

The riders would love your support. If you'd like to cheer them on this weekend at the boathouse district or at Lake Draper, visit the Wounded Warrior website for the details.

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