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Cyclist biking across the country to raise awareness and money to prevent Veteran suicide

Cyclist biking across the country to raise awareness and money to prevent Veteran suicide


SHAWN: RIDING ACROSS AMERICA. TWO MEN ARE NEARING THE END OF A MORE THAN 3- THOUSAND MILE … RIDE … TO RAISE MONEY AND AWARENESS ABOUT VETERAN SUICIDE. STEFANY BORNMAN CAUGHT UP WITH THEM AS THEY PASSED THROUGH THE UPSTATE. NATS OF VIDEO: “THE RIDE TO ME IS MAINLY ABOUT SERVICE TO YOUR COUNTRY AND WHAT OUR MILITARY HAS PROVIDED US AND OUR FREEDOMS.” RIDE TO SAVE WARRIOR LIVES. GREENVILLE NATIVE “MIKE PRICE” AND “MATT PRATHER” HAVE PEDDLED A MILLION AND A HALF TIMES SINCE THEY STARTED THEIR JOURNEY ON SEPTEMBER 21 IN SANTA BARBARA CALIFORNIA. MATT PRATHER/ SOLDIER RIDE ACROSS AMERICA: “TRYING TO CYCLE EVERYDAY FOR 90 TO 100 MILES A DAY IS QUIET A CHALLENGE.” BUT IT’S A CHALLENGE THESE TWO AVID CYCLERS WERE READY TO FACE. TREKING FROM COAST TO COAST… AND TAKING A FEW REST STOPS ALONG THE WAY… ALL TO RESTORE HOPE FOR VETERANS. MATT PRATHER/ SOLDIER RIDE ACROSS AMERICA: “EVERY YEAR SINCE 9/11 WE HAVE LOST 7,000 VETERANS TO SUICIDE. THAT’S OVER 20 A DAY, EVERDAY, EVERY YEAR.” THE TRIP IS MORE THAN 3- THOUSAND MILES… ENDING IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA. BUT THEY SAY IT’S WORTH IT. FOR THE FAMILIES THEY ARE HELPING THAT THEY’VE MET ALONG THE WAY… MIKE PRICE/ SOLDIER RIDE ACROSS AMERICA: “WE STOPPED TO HAVE COFFEE IN A VERY SMALL COFFEE SHOP AND I WALKED IN AND THE LADY SAW MY JERSEY, AND SHE JUST STARTED TO CRY AND SHE SAID MY SON HAS HAD 2 DEPLOYMENTS. HE’S NOW SEEKING TREATMENT FOR PTSD AND WHAT YOU ALL ARE DOING JUST MEANS SO MUCH.” AND FOR THE VETERANS. NATS OF VIDEO: “I DID NOT PERSONALLY SERVE IN THE MILITARY, BUT FOR THOSE THAT ARE SERVING NOW AND FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED IN THE PAST, MY HATS OFF TO YOU.” LIKE THE ONES IN THESE PICTURES THAT THEY KEEP IN THEIR TRAILER. PRICE AND PRATHER SAY THESE SOLDIERS WENT THROUGH A PROGRAM THAT HELPS THEM TRANSITION AND COPE, ULTIMATELY LEADING TO LESS SUICIDES. THE AVID BIKERS LOOK AT THESE PICTURES EVERY MORNING. MOTIVATION TO KEEP GOING TO RAISE AWARNESS AND MONEY TO PREVENT VETERAN SUICIDE. NATS OF VIDEO: “THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO DO. THAT’S THE REASON I RIDE.” SHAWN: AND THAT WAS STEFANY BORNMAN REPORTING. THE TWO MEN HAVE A GOAL OF RAISING HALF A MILLION DOLLARS. IT COST ABOUT 5- THOUSAND DOLLARS TO PUT 1 SOLDIER THROUGH A PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES SUICIDE PREVENTION. TO HELP THEM REACH THEIR GOAL, LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON WJBF DOT COM.

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