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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.
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.
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.
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.