Losing a leg or an arm in war can change your life forever, but the Wounded Warrior Project is helping to rebuild the confidence of these men and women through cycling.
Some soldiers are all gearing up for a big ride this weekend.
Wounded warriors have spent the past year learning what their new normal is and will use their new skills in this weekend's 22-mile bike ride.
On Thursday, soldiers were fitted for their new bicycles at D1 Nashville in Franklin.
They are all gearing up for the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier ride Saturday Sept. 24.
Benjamin Maemza is a combat engineer who lost both his legs in October of 2010 in Afghanistan during an explosion. Maemza plans to ride this weekend.
"You wouldn't think that people with no legs would be out riding bikes and stuff like this but I think it's really motivating for not only ourselves, but for other people too," Maemza said.
Dan Schnock is in charge of the Soldier Ride.
"They are going to come out to one of my bike rides and they are going to have a great time and they are going to want to come back again, again, and again and next thing you know, they are going to buy a bike and be cruising all over the place and they will realize that they can do some things better, than they ever have in their lives," Schnock said.
Schnock said the first soldier ride was in 2004. Its purpose is to help wounded warriors reclaim their confidence and strength through cycling.
"I could sit here and cry about my legs being gone all day, they are not going to grow back. So instead of doing that, it's time to get on with my life. I'm not going to change it, but I can change how the future is going to be and having a positive attitude and a little bit of motivation and determination, I can do whatever I want," Maemza said.
This year's ride begins Saturday at 9 a.m. at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin. There will also be a picnic afterwards.
D1 Nashville will be participating and there's still room for anyone who wants to be on their team.
If you are interested, call them at 615-778-0000.
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