2016 W100K Rider
Sergeant James Yauger enlisted in the Army in 2002. He was injured while serving in Iraq by an improvised explosive device that ruptured his ear drum and wounded his arm and thigh in 2004. He still experiences hearing loss today as well as post-traumatic stress.
After being honorably discharged from the Army, James rekindled his longtime love of mountain biking and sites the crashes from challenging trails as responsible for personal growth and confidence. Seeing the benefit of sport and physical activity as part of his daily life, James now serves as the Captain of Team Red, White, and Blue for the Pittsburgh chapter. Along with a group of volunteers, they organize social and physical activities for retired service members in the Pittsburgh area. They work to help veterans renew their sense of purpose, improve their health (physical, mental and emotional), and enrich their lives by establishing genuine and personal relationships with others in the community.
After his military service, James earned his Bachelor’s degree from Seton Hill University, specializing in Entrepreneurship and Human Resources. He now works to develop innovative programs and services that assist veterans as they transition back to civilian life. James is passionate about educating the public on military culture, barriers to reintegration, and other obstacles that today’s veterans are facing.