PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- Chad Maddox is an avid cyclist. But the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride is more than just a hobby for him.
"It's good to talk to people who have been through the same thing," said Maddox.
Maddox was injured in Iraq in 2006. He and 40 other men and women put up their kick-stands for the 19 mile ride. They call it therapy.
"It empowers wounded warriors and gets them back into a social setting," said Soldier Ride specialist Amber Beckner. "It gets them back into having a successful future."
Every rider here was injured in Iraq or Afghanistan. All of them completed one of Wounded Warriors 16 programs. "There is a lot of people out there who need help. We are just one team, one fight," said Maddox.
It's a new battle they now fight together from the home front. "We are privileged to do the job and defend the country. There are still people over there. They deploy, and they have to deploy again. It's an honor," said Maddox.
And they pedal proudly for the men and women who are still fighting to recover from war.
Wounded Warrior holds 16 soldier rides around the nation and one in Germany every year. You can help the Wounded Warrior Project by clicking here.