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Ride for Life welcomed home on The Blaze

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 20, 2012

Special thanks to Andrew Wilkow and The Blaze TV for their warm welcome home. Click here to watch the video.

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Ride for Life day 16

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 13, 2012

Ride for Life day 16 – Rally point 2- heading into NYC…

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RFL Day 16 link up in Deleware

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Thanks to CVMA and friends who came out to support!

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RFL Day 15 – John Hopkins

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I spent day 15 of the Ride for Life at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. I met with directors and associate professors from the Departments of Psychiatry, Behavioral Health, and Epidemiology.

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RFL Day 14 – VA HQ in Washington, DC

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 11, 2012

I rode to Washington, D.C. from Richmond at 0530 this morning. Despite the chilly 40 degree temperature and DC traffic, I was determined to arrive at VA headquarters on time to meet the other members of the SSS Board of Directors who drove up to meet me (Nick Black, Adam Buchanan, Yuri Blazar). At VA …Read More

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RFL Day 13 visits Fort Lee

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 10, 2012

Today was warm and sunny- perfect for a ride and a nice reprieve from riding in the rain over the last two days. After crossing the 5,000 mile mark, the Ride for Life rolled into Fort Lee, VA. At Fort Lee I met with the Substance Abuse Program Manager, senior civilians from the Garrison Community, …Read More

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Ride for Life hits 5,000 miles

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Riding through northern North Carolina this morning en route to Fort Lee from Fort Bragg the Ride for Life surpassed the 5,000 mile mark. Thanks to everyone who came out this morning to support Stop Soldier Suicide and the Ride for Life!!

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RFL Day 12 visits Fort Bragg and the Fayetteville Military Community

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RFL Day 12 has been the busiest day of the Ride for Life yet. Meetings today consisted of Military leaders on Fort Bragg, senior Army Chaplains, and senior members of the Fayetteville community. A special thanks to Lynne Grates and the local Kiwanis chapter for hosting Stop Soldier Suicide at lunch today. The day finished …Read More

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RFL Day 11 – Hunter Army Airfield

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 9, 2012

Day 11 started with meetings at 1/75 Ranger Battalion. Adam Buchanan (previously in 1/75), Brad Lloyd (SSS Georgia Chapter President), and I met with leadership, the chaplain, and psychiatrist for the Battalion. The discussions we had with the professionals we met with were productive and vital in helping spread the word about the mission of …Read More

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RFL Day 10 – Back on the East Coast

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 8, 2012

RFL Day 10 started this morning in a rainy and overcast Nashville. The air was chilled from the Canadian cold front sweeping across the midwest and I bundled up in all of the cold weather gear I had to traverse the 500+ miles to Savannah. Once I got south of Atlanta on I-75 the sun …Read More

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RFL Day 8-9 brings me back to Fort Knox & Louisville

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 5, 2012

A very productive day for SSS and the RFL. I started this morning with a 300 mile drive from St. Louis to Fort Knox. At Knox I met with the Garrison Commander, PAO representative, garrison media director and a reporter from the local paper. Knox leadership is incredibly progressive, just as I remember it, and …Read More

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Ride for Life crosses The Mississippi…

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 4, 2012

Ride for Life Day 7 started early this morning in Lawton, OK with ABC (KSWO) TV and Lawton Constitution interviews. Afterwards, I rode over 600 miles through Oklahoma, Missouri, and across the Mississippi River into Illinois. Staying the evening outside of St. Louis. Also in the news today is Bob Brewin’s article ‘A Ride for …Read More

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RFL Starts Day 7

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0800. CST link up for riders and media at the north gate of Central Mall in Lawton, OK. 600+ miles to St. Louis today, followed by a 300 mile drive to Fort Knox on tomorrow morning.

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RFL Day 6 – Fort Sill, OK

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RFL Day 6 started with a four hour drive from Tulsa to Lawton this morning. Beautiful and sunny in the warm Oklahoma sun, it was an easy trip. Upon arrival, Chris Grates (SSS Director of Outreach and the Oklahoma SSS Chapter President) and I met with Fires Center of Excellence leadership. Chris has already done …Read More

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RFL Day 5 – Visit to Fort Leavenworth

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 3, 2012
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RFL Day 5 – Kansas City

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 2, 2012

Thank you to Captains Alicia and Phil Gingrich for their hospitality. It was great to catch up and thank you for supporting the Ride for Life!

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RFL Day 4 – A Very Productive Morning in Colorado Springs

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 1, 2012

Very productive morning at Fort Carson, Colorado- an installation leading the way in caring for Soldiers and Families. Met with the SOS team (Survivor Outreach Services), SPPM (Suicide Prevention Program Manager), and the TAPS representative (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors). Special thanks to Army Veteran and TAPS representative Paul McShan for all of his help …Read More

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RFL arrives CO Springs

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After 13 hours and 600+ miles on the road I’m here in Colorado Springs. Gorgeous day of riding- desert and mountains. Special thank you to Army and Navy veterans Roger Johnston and David Waters for escorting me through Utah. Over the last three days the Ride for Life has spanned over 1,600 miles, longer than …Read More

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