Helping local veterans could be as easy as riding a bike

TAMPA, Fla. - Nathan DeWalt is used to overcoming challenges.  He says the Project Hero/Ride 2 Recovery program helped him overcome one of the biggest ones of his life.

"Without this program, I don’t know [where I would be],” says Nate DeWalt, who retired from the Navy.  “It’s challenging to think about that."

Nathan’s story is a little different from many veterans.  He was two months away from being deployed to Afghanistan when his Navy career ended.  He was hit by a car, ending his military career.

"When I was injured in the service, I feel like an opportunity was taken away from me; not by choice.  It was snatched away from me," says DeWalt.

Then, he says he found hope, in the Ride 2 Recovery program.

"That comradery [is what I liked about it].  It really gave me a sense of self worth and fulfillment once again," says DeWalt.

This weekend, Nathan is inviting Tampa Bay to come ride with him in the United Healthcare Florida Honor Ride.

"It's a way to ride next to our nation’s healing heroes while raising funds and supporting a tremendous cause," says DeWalt.

This is the 5th year for the honor ride and in that time, they have helped more than 10,000 veterans with rehabilitation programs at no cost to them.

Our very own ABC Action Weather Meteorologist, Ivan Cabrera, is taking part in the 60 miler. He's raising funds so that more injured veterans can participate in these free, life-changing programs and improve their mental and physical health and wellness. He's pushing the pedals and you can support him. Click here

For more information on this weekend’s event on Saturday, February 18, 2017, visit: http://r2r.convio.net/site/TR/Cycling/General?fr_id=1251&pg=entry.

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