Staff Sergeant Omar R. Romney enlisted in the United States Army in 1999. Upon completion of basic training, he embarked on his first overseas assignment in Korea from October 1999 - October 2000. He was then assigned to the 101st Airborne Division Air Assault at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.
In 2003, Staff Sergeant Romney deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom with the 106th Transportation Battalion. While on tour, he was involved in two incidents that made him realize how blessed he is to be alive. The second incident resulted in him being medevaced first to Rota Spain, then to Andrews Air Force Base and finally to Fort Campbell where he began treatment and rehabilitation, as well as his medical board review.
Staff Sergeant Romney’s dreams of being a special operations soldier were cut short and he was medically chaptered from the Army. He went on to work for the Department of Defense in Fort Campbell and also with the Department of Veterans Affairs, but still felt empty.
A friend introduced him to Ride 2 Recovery and he was hooked. His first ride was in October 2012 and since then, Staff Sergeant Romney’s quality of life and health have improved and he has found a sense of purpose. He is also active with the Wounded Warrior Project. These programs have taught him how to socialize and to serve as a support system for new riders. He credits these programs with encouraging him to start each day with a reason to live, and he has become a better person by helping others.