U.S. Army Europe Soldier Ride - August 2012

Friday August 3, 2012

What is it?

The Soldier Ride program is part of the Wounded Warrior Project, or WWP, that provides rehabilitative cycling opportunities for wounded warriors to help restore their physical, mental and emotional well-being.

What has the Army done?

The Army continually looks for ways to provide the best possible care and support to all wounded, ill and injured Soldiers, to help ensure their successful return to active duty or transition to civilian life. One of the major ways the Army fulfilled that commitment was by creating the Warrior Transition Command under the U.S. Army Medical Command as part of a transformation of Army outpatient care and services. This transformation ultimately led to the establishment of Warrior Transition Units, or WTUs, throughout the Army. Currently there are approximately 9,000 Soldiers assigned to 32 WTUs and nine community-based WTUs.

Of the Army's 15 WTU battalions, only one is overseas, the Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe.

In September 2011, U.S. Army Europe, or USAREUR, and the Europe Regional Medical Command, or ERMC, coordinated with WWP to bring the first Soldier Ride to Europe. Nearly 50 Europe-based wounded warriors from the U.S. and three partner nations in USAREUR's area of responsibility Germany, Romania and the Republic of Georgia took part in the cycling event that provided them with rehabilitation and an opportunity to build confidence and strength in a supportive environment.

Over four days, warriors rode more than 54 miles near Germany's Bostalsee Lake, culminating in a community ride on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that drew some 400 riders in support of Wounded Warriors.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

This year the WWP has planned another four-day Soldier Ride at Bostalsee, highlighted by a community ride August 4, and USAREUR is already working with the WWP and ERMC to coordinate future rides and other WWP events that encourage and contribute to wounded servicemembers' positive recovery efforts.

Why is this important to the Army?

Wounded warriors have demonstrated their commitment with their brave and selfless service, and continue to contribute in and out of uniform. Support of Soldier Rides is just one way the Army honors that commitment and gives wounded warriors a chance to build strength and confidence through positive rehabilitation and the bonds of service. At the same time the rides give U.S. Army Europe a chance to further relations with wounded allies with whom they have fought and sacrificed side by side.

Resources:

Soldier Ride

Wounded Warrior Project

U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2)

Warrior Transition Command

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