World T.E.A.M. Sports 2016 Annual Review World T.E.A.M. Sports Annual Report 2016 - Page 15

Participating adaptive veterans, surpassing 130 riders for the second year, included individuals with loss of limbs, paralysis, blindness, Post- Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. For many, life after injury or illness will never be the same. Riding Face of America offers a path for these veterans to regain their sense of community and personal worth. For many veterans who have become disabled during their national service, returning home to civilian life breaks close ties with colleagues and friends with whom they have served. Without this personal support network, the veteran can feel isolated and alone, even if surrounded by family and pre-service friends. Face of America’s two-day ride to Gettysburg’s historic Civil War battlefields allows adaptive athletes to recognize that a challenging sports activity can be a strong healing force. Riding provides important social connections with other veterans from all service branches who have similar life experiences. Together, they can create a supportive network of understanding that lasts long beyond the ride’s conclusion. REVIEW Adaptive military veterans from across the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Denmark pedaled more than 100 miles on two routes to historic Gettysburg in April 2016. Joined by active duty military, retired military and civilians, the nearly 600 Face of America cyclists arrived together at the AllStar Expo Complex united in honor of veterans who have sacrificed so much in service to their country. 13