Our Spotlight Story is Joseph Giannini who served in Vietnam from 1967-68.  Joesph with the First Battalion, Third Marines and was stationed aboard the USS Duluth, at Quảng Trị Combat Base and fought at the battle
of Dai Do.

If you would like your USA WARRIOR STORY to be part of this archive please contact us at usawarriorstories@gmail.com




Warrior Story


We are creating a video archive that will allow veterans to record and upload their stories online to help them make a connection with one another, and to help us all better understand their sacrifice for our freedom.

Simple instructions will be provided for recording and uploading to our site - USA WARRIOR STORIES will assist in any step of the process.  USA WARRIOR STORIES will edit to improve audio and visual quality, fact check, and post the video as a mini biography.

As the archive grows, search engine tools and keywords will categorize videos by injuries (PTSD, TBI, Loss of Limb, Paralyzation), branch of service, dates/locations of deployment, and any other useful keywords.

It is USA WARRIOR STORIES intention that the archive act as a catalyst for conversation among veterans – and educate us all.

We encourage veterans of all ages and conflicts to add their stories to this archive.


ORDER TODAY - Allow 7-10 days for delivery

ORDER TODAY - Allow 7-10 days for delivery

USA WARRIOR STORIES is announcing the DVD release of WELCOME TO SOLDIER RIDE – a documentary about few fearless friends who cycle 4200 miles across America paving the way for thousands of wounded veterans to keep riding.

In 2004 Chris Carney, a bartender at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, NY decided to ride his bike for charity.  With the support of Talkhouse owner Peter Honerkamp, Talkhouse promoter Nick Kraus and Chris’ friend Tek Vakaloloma, Chris completed a 4200 mile coast-to-coast bicycle ride raising over $1 million in support of Wounded Warrior Project, a not-for-profit organization whose missionis to help injured service members aid and assist one another.

Chris’ ride caught the attention of two Iraq War veterans, SSG Heath Calhoun, a double leg amputee and SSG Ryan Kelly, a single leg amputee.  Heath and Ryan started planning their own ride and asked Chris to help.  In 2005 the three riders began their own unforgettable coast-to-coast ride.  Soldier Ride begins connecting veterans to the communities that they have sacrificed so much for.

Welcome To Soldier Ride.

Watch Welcome To Soldier Ride Trailer

The Cast

Chris Carney - Founder, Soldier Ride

Chris Carney - Founder, Soldier Ride

Soldier Ride began when Chris Carney, working as a bartender at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, NY, decided he wanted to do something to help wounded veterans returning home. Chris biked across the country in 2004, raising funds and
awareness for Wounded Warrior Project.
Watch his journey and see how the cycling event grew from an idea in a bar to a program that has helped thousands of returning veterans regain their physical health and wellness.

SSG Heath Calhoun - Retired

SSG Heath Calhoun - Retired

In 2003 while serving in Iraq as a squad leader for the 101st Airborne Division, Heath Calhoun’s convoy was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Heath’s injuries ultimately resulted in the loss of both legs
above his knees. For his service he was awarded the Purple Heart. In 2005 Heath completed the 4200 mile Soldier Ride with a handcycle. Even with his success he felt limited by his wheelchair. In 2006 he was fitted with new prosthetics and has walked
unaided ever since. In 2014 Heath won a silver medal at the Sochi Olympics as a member of the US Paralympic Ski Team. 

SSG Ryan Kelly - Retired

SSG Ryan Kelly - Retired

In July of 2003 while stationed in Iraq, Ryan Kelly’s team was en route to a conference about rebuilding schools and hospitals, when their convoy was ambushed. The blast from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) severed Ryan's right leg below the knee.  During his  recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. he learned to
walk with a prosthetic leg. In 2005 Ryan completed the 4200 mile Soldier Ride.  In 2006 Ryan graduated with honors from
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in AerospaceStudies and currently works as an emergency medical helicopter pilot.



Our overall vision is to continue to help, honor, and empower wounded warriors by educating our nation on how our support is crucial for their continued success.


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