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Warrior Blog: "Wounded Warriors Ride with President Bush"
Dillon Behr wrote the following blog post about the W100 for CTO Vision, a blog with a focus on technology of relevance to enterprise technologists:
This week I had the incredible opportunity to spend a few days mountain biking in west Texas with some of the most important people of my generation. One of these people was the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush. President Bush was hosting the Warrior 100k Mountain Bike ride at Lajitas Golf Resort near Big Bend State Park. The other VIPs were wounded warriors from OIF and OEF.
The event was held in honor of the warriors that suffered severe injuries during the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. 14 Wounded Warriors, myself included, were treated like kings, and one queen, while we dined on fantastic food, chatted it up with the former President, joked with Lance Armstrong, and were entertained by the mystic tricks of David Blaine.
The days were not so glorious, however. President Bush is a monster on the mountain bike and proved it by leading us through dry, rocky, hilly, desert at a breakneck speed. 62 miles over the course of three days is easy on a road bike, but on a mountain bike through that terrain it is enough to make the strongest feel like his heart is just little smaller. I did ride the whole thing, escaping with only some minor scrapes and bruises, inspired the entire ride by watching my fellow Woounded Warrior comrades. Some missing limbs or inflicted with Terminal Brain Injury from an IED, we all overcame injury to complete the Warrior 100K, one of the most excruciating, yet exhilerating and well put together events I have had the opportunity to be a part of in the years since my injury.
As I sit here letting my muscles recover, I want to thank everyone that make The W100K happen. As part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center’sSocial Enterprise Initiative, Wounded Warrior Project, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Ride2Recovery, and World T.E.A.M. Sports, along with Lajitas Golf Resort gave us warriors an opportunity of a lifetime, and one that we will never forget. Thank you.
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.