Special thanks to Andrew Wilkow and The Blaze TV for their warm welcome home. Click here to watch the video.
Ride for Life day 16 – Rally point 2- heading into NYC…
Thanks to CVMA and friends who came out to support!
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.
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
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
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!!
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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!
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
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
4 hours left until Colorado Springs…
Salt Lake City, Utah to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Decided to take the southern route along I-70… ~600 miles
Another 500+ miles down…
Hitting the road this morning in La Grande, Oregon on the way to Salt Lake City, Utah…~500 miles
Finished about 500 miles today, staying the night in La Grande, Oregon. Special thanks to Johnny Webb and Jessy Johnston, CMVA 11-4 for the escort to Oregon. I would also like to thank Anna Diko Gordon for coming out and taking pictures as well as Erik Solberg. I haven’t seen either of these Army Captains …Read More
Special thanks to Captain Johnny and Amanda Webb for a fantastic dinner and sleep accommodations. Great catching up after so many years!!
The Harley Davidson Street Glide is a beautiful motorcycle and I am really looking forward to making the 5,000+ mile journey on this bike.
Spectacular first day in Seattle. The Seattle Eagle Rider team was awesome and very helpful gearing up for the Ride for Life. Special thanks to Brian and Jack for all of their help.
Early morning flight out of JFK on the way to Seattle, after a busy night… After work yesterday, Andrew Wilkow with theBlaze hosted me to speak about the Ride for Life- click here to watch. The interview was followed a SSS Board huddle, responding to a lot of support emails regarding the SSS and RFL …Read More