War-wounded servicemen cycled the Seven Mile Bridge and other parts of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway as part of the annual Florida Keys Soldiers Walk.
Nearly 40 wounded soldiers and their supporters participate in the cycling event organized by the Wounded Warrior Project. The drive through the Keys started on Friday and continues through the weekend. While some cyclists miss one or more limbs after combat injuries, veterans use bikes fitted with suitable equipment. Other injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, are not as noticeable.
The organization’s bicycle trips across the country and to the Keys provide inspiration and rehabilitation opportunities for injured soldiers, while raising funds for others recovering in US military hospitals.
The funds generated help to empower veterans, develop peer mentoring programs and organize transportation between home and hospital when needed.
The Keys Soldier Ride continues on Saturday through Key West, with an additional community tour where the public can cycle with the Warriors and pass through historic military sites in the island city.
On Sunday, the group is scheduled to interact with Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins at the Dolphin Research Center in Marathon.