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Meet the W100k Warriors
President George W. Bush will host the 6th annual Warrior 100K (W100K), a 100-kilometer mountain bike ride for United States military personnel seriously wounded or injured since September 11, 2001. This year’s private bike ride will take place at President and Mrs. Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas from September 29- October 1.
The Bush Institute’s W100K spotlights the role of sport in recovery for our post-9/11 veterans and honors their bravery and sacrifice.
The New Guys:
- Jorge Avalos, USA, Ret. from Windcrest, TX;
- Drew Barnett, FBI from Centerville, VA;
- Joshua Caron, USAF, Ret. from Syracuse, NY;
- Andrew Coughlan, USA, Ret. from Saint Augustine, FL;
- Michelle Fisher, USAF, Hon. Discharged from Farmington, UT;
- Brian Knapp, USMC, Hon. Discharged from Auburn, NY;
- James “Andrew” Marr, USA, Ret. from Argyle, TX;
- Will Reynolds, USA, Ret. from Bethesda, MD;
- Kelly Rodriguez, USA from Fayetteville, NC;
- Peter Way, USA, Ret. from Martinez, GA;
- Jim Yauger, USA, Hon. Discharged from Trafford, PA
- Patty Collins, USA, Ret. from Alexandria, VA;
- Chris Demars, ANG, Ret. from Gill, MA;
- Brian Flom, USA from Saint Robert, MO;
- Marc Hoffmeister, USA from Fort Bragg, NC;
- Joshua Krueger, USMC, Ret. from Hubertus, WI.
While at this year’s Invictus Games in Orlando, FL, President Bush hosted a Symposium on the Invisible Wounds of War, such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, an event that coincided with the George W. Bush Institute’s launch of its Veteran Wellness Initiative. Committed to addressing the issues our post-9/11 veterans face, the Bush Institute will release a policy report later this fall that makes recommendations on treating the invisible wounds of war.
The Invictus Games Team U.S.A. Captain, Will Reynolds, a 3-time medal winner, will participate in this year’s ride. Patty Collins, a Paralympian competing at the Paralympics in Rio De Janiero, will also join the group.
Ashley McConkey manages communications for the George W. Bush Presidential Center and is responsible for message development on behalf of the Economic Growth, Human Freedom and Military Service initiatives.
Before joining the Bush Center, McConkey worked in the communications and public policy arena in Austin, Texas for both non-profit and corporate entities. She also served as a Budget and Policy Adviser to Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.
McConkey grew up in Greenville, Texas and moved to Austin to study Political Science at St. Edward’s University. She and her husband reside in Dallas.Full Bio
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