Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride

An April 24th blog announced the beginning of the three-day Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride “White House to Lighthouse Challenge.”

The ride began with an address from President Bush at the White House, and the website for the Wounded Warrior Project gives this schedule for the three days:

  • On Thursday, April 24th, Soldier Ride will start at the White House, stop at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and continue to Baltimore. This day of riding is by invitation only.
  • On Friday, the ride will begin with a "support the troops" rally at Baltimore Maryland's Inner Harbor Harborplace Ampitheater at 10 am and proceed to Jonas Green Park in Annapolis. The kickoff event will honor the wounded veterans and the recently redeployed 58th Infantry Brigade of the Maryland Army National Guard.
  • On Saturday, the ride begins and ends at Jonas Green Park in Annapolis. The riders will ride through historic Annapolis, the US Naval Academy, and along the Chesapeake Bay.

The purpose of the overall Wounded Warrior Project is:

  • To raise aware and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women
  • To help severely injured service members aid and assist each other
  • To provide unique, direct programs and service to meet their needs

The website also states that: “Soldier Ride is not about politics; it’s not about the war. It’s simply about the soldiers.” These words brought tears to my eyes, because I was just quoted in an article on about the “Support Military Families” section of my book website

“When my husband and I were later stationed in Munich, Germany, I learned from personal experience how important were such things as the Passover food items supplied to us by the Jewish Welfare Board. Thus, without taking a position on the current fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, I wanted my website to encourage people to support the needs of military personnel and their families.”

Wounded Warrior Project is one organization that lets severely wounded soldiers know that the general public cares about them. This project deserves to be supported – learn more at

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