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Meet the Warriors
Before the 2nd annual W100 begins, take a minute to meet each of the heroic warriors taking part in this 100 kilometer adventure. Their photos and bios can be found in the Rider Bios section. In addition, we asked each warrior what they are most looking forward to and what they are doing to prepare for the ride:
Dana and I are most looking forward to three days of mountain biking and fellowship with other Wounded Warriors and of course spending time with President Bush and his awesome staff.
To prepare I am in Austin, TX with Team Red, White and Blue for a triathlon camp. This will definitely help me with riding in the heat and pushing my endurance to ensure I don't get passed by Pres. Bush. Really looking forward to this opportunity!
I am most looking forward to the opportunity to ride with fellow warriors and former President Bush. Biking is my ultimate release. It's how I get outside of my own head for a while and relax. When I'm on the trail jumping over rocks and logs, or just tearing down windy curves, all else fades away. It also provides me with a way to literally wear myself out. By the end of a good day on the bike, my legs are shaky and I can barely stand. It's an honor to have this opportunity and I'm really looking forward to it!
I have been training for this by riding, basically. I will ride distance rides for stamina and hitting the trials for some more technical training. I just love riding, mountain bikes as well as road bikes. I think I am looking most forward to meeting President Bush as well as the other riders. I love things like, where I am able to fellowship with other Vets with similar circumstances as mine. I'm really looking forward to the ride and being able to ride a new area, and looking forward to taking it all in.
When I worked at the White House from 2007-2008, I was directly involved in wounded warrior policy, and I saw just how much the President cared about wounded warriors. On numerous occasions, I heard him speak about how grateful our country is for the sacrifice all these warriors have made. He cares so much about these guys! I'm so excited to be part of this event, and grateful to President Bush for putting it on. It's going to be amazing to be around the President and the wounded warriors!
The 2017 Warrior Open in Photos
The 2017 Warrior Open reunited past Team 43 members for a weekend of golf and camaraderie. Most importantly, they told the stories of their journeys since returning home.
Invisible Wounds: Hearing from a Father Who Lost His Son to an Invisible Injury
This week, the Bush Center will host its 6th annual W100K, a 100-kilometer mountain bike ride for seriously wounded or injured post-9/11 veterans and military personnel. This event spotlights the effectiveness of sport in helping our service men and women recover from their visible and invisible wounds. Today, we hear from Major General Mark Graham, U.S. Army (Retired), who serves as Senior Director of Rutgers University's Behavioral Health Care National Call Center, about losing one son to a visible injury and another son to an invisible injury. My wife Carol and I discovered the power of connection after the tragic deaths of both of our sons. Just eight months before our oldest son Jeffrey was killed in Iraq by an IED, we lost our younger son Kevin to suicide. We knew our son, Kevin was sad, we just didn’t know he could die from being too sad. Our sons died fighting different battles. On June 21, 2003 we lost our son K
Highlights from the 2016 W100K from Crawford, Texas
President George W. Bush hosted the 6th Annual W100K, a three-day, 100 kilometer mountain bike ride with servicemen and women injured in since 9/11, September 29 - October 1.