Sep 2, 2013 8:14 PM by Greg Smith

Wounded Warrior rides help local veterans

Wounded Warrior Project stops all over the country, but chose Colorado Springs for Labor Day weekend. A place where it's message and purpose really hit home.

Going on a bike ride takes a little more work, time, and preparation for Dan Curran, but it's certainy better than the alternative. Wounded Warrior Project bike rides may have saved his life.

Curran served in the army overseas, and after numerous roadside bombings, he developed serious back, neck, and spine injuries along with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. After returning home, he hit rock bottom.

"You get in a dark place with the loneliness, and depression, and PTSD," says Curran. "I'm used to running and exercising every day, and you lose all that. I ended up gaining 80 pounds and struggling to figure out mental health issues and what this injury means."

His life line was the Wounded Warrior Project. Since he joined, the rides, and even bike fittings, have helped him turn a corner--not just physically.

"Night and day. I don't know where I would be if I had continued down that same path," says Curran. "I'm back to my weight when I was in the military. I'm active, I have local friends and brothers, and I've formed those bonds again with other warriors who are wounded. You get that strong support system that we were lacking."

Wounded Warrior Project does more than bike rides. They also provide rehabilitation, employement opportunities, and more.

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