Our Spotlight Story is Heath Calhoun who served in the US Army from 1999-04. Heath is double-leg amputee due to injuries received in the Iraq War.

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USA WARRIOR STORIES INC is a Not-For-Profit organization designed to record, archive and share videos of Veteran stories online to help Veterans make a connection with one another and to help us all better understand their sacrifices for our freedom.

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RECORDING - USA WARRIOR STORIES helps you to record your story using your
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a list of questions to help you get started. If needed, USA WARRIOR STORIES will
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participants. Should you not be able to record yourself, USA WARRIOR STORIES will
provide aid to facilitate the recording.

UPLOADING - USA WARRIOR STORIES’ website will have an upload link for your
recording. When uploading you can choose in a subsection to add video footage (other
than your recording), photographs that may be pertinent, and other media.

ARCHIVING - USA WARRIOR STORIES will edit your material into a mini-biography;
your media will also be inserted into your video (such as photographs, etc.) and sound
cleaned to obtain a polished biography for the archive.

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injuries and any other useful keywords. USA WARRIOR STORIES will feature a
Veteran’s story each month and reach out within the community through our email
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USA WARRIOR STORIES INC is a Not-For-Profit organization designed to record, archive and share videos of Veteran stories online to help Veterans make a connection with one another and to help us all better understand their sacrifices for our freedom.

In 2017 we released 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.

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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.

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