Former President George W. Bush will embark Thursday on a 100-kilometer, three-day bike ride with approximately 20 veterans wounded in the global war on terrorism as part of an annual event aimed at highlighting the "bravery and sacrifice of warriors."
“I’ll be riding across the deserts of Texas with wounded warriors to show the unbelievable character of our men and women in uniform...it’s a ride to herald people who were dealt a severe blow and said, ‘I’m not going to let it tear me down.’” Bush said in a statement.
This year's W100K ride will be the fifth year the annual event is held. The bike ride also hopes to highlight organizations which work to support America's veterans.
"The Warrior 100 is a special bond between the former commander in chief and those who answer the nation's call," Col. Miguel Howe, director of the Military Service Initiative, said of the event.
Marlene Urena, the spouse of a wounded warrior, shared how the event changed her life.
"I was almost lost at one point. Then the Warrior 100 project came and for the first time I felt that I wasn't alone. Here is our chief commander and he kind of huddles me literally and puts his head here, and he says, 'Thank you for what you're doing. Please take good care of him. We are here for you and we understand,'" she recounted.
[sharequote align="center"]"As he pulled away, we both had tears streaming down our face."[/sharequote]
"As he pulled away, we both had tears streaming down our face. And you talk about a defining moment in life, I had the president of the United States show compassion and understanding for what I have gone through and what I was going through," Urena added.
The bike ride will continue through May 2 and be held near Waco, Texas, according to the George W. Bush Institute.
You can follow live coverage of the event here.
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