Five military heroes are set to complete their summer-long bike ride from Ocean Shores, Wash. to Washington D.C. to raise money and awareness for veterans in need of services in the long road to transitioning back to civilian life. This week, the veterans cycle through the state of Virginia as they head toward their final destination – Washington D.C.
The 90-day bike ride, called the Long Road Home Project, started on July 15 in Ocean Shores, Wash. and has taken the veterans through 12 states, pedaling more than 4,200 miles. The veterans are raising money to fund their three-month journey and also plan to donate additional funds raised to Operation First Response, a non-profit that serves our Wounded Heroes with personal and financial needs. To date, they have raised more than $82,000.
The ride concludes on Sunday, October 14 at 6:00pm with a celebration at District Architecture Center (421 7th Street NW) in Washington, D.C.
Among the veterans is 27-year-old Marie B. Tracy, also known as Marty. Following the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, she is now an openly lesbian veteran. She served in the Air Force for six years and has just returned from Afghanistan where she worked as a Logistics Advisor. In riding across the country, Marty hopes to highlight the diversity of people serving in the U.S. military, especially the LGBTQ community. In addition, she hopes to shed light on the issues LGBTQ people face while serving their country and as veterans. Marty is grateful for her ever-supportive friends and family, especially Front Runners New York.
The other U.S. veterans riding include:
Sponsors include: Team Red, White, and Blue, the official sponsor of the Long Road Home Project. Additional event sponsors include Penn Mutual, PigeonME, the American Academy of Physicians Assistants, T, Event360, Starcraft, Protect Our Defenders, Paralyzed Veterans Racing, Brackett Maps, Good Threads and GOODPR.