Bicycles, biking, recumbent bikes, & motorcycling for military veterans with PTSD
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Expeditionary Veterans Association
The Expeditionary Veterans Association provides recreational therapy for military veterans with PTSD.
Face of America - Gettysburg
World T.E.A.M. is a nonprofit organization that creates inspiring athletic challenges for both adaptive and able-bodied participants. These inclusive programs empower individuals with confidence through enabling each athlete to overcome physical, emotional and technical challenges. The Face of America cycling challenge honors the sacrifices military veterans make in service to their country and the exceptional dedication and determination of adaptive athletes.
EMPOWER yourself to pedal more than 100 miles in two days through Maryland to Gettysburg’s historic Civil War battlefields alongside our nation’s military veterans.
ENABLE military, first responder and civilian adaptive athletes to overcome physical, emotional and technical challenges during an inspirational journey from Arlington, Virginia.
ENGAGE our growing World T.E.A.M. community of caring people, both able-bodied and adaptive, who ride in honoring military veterans and first responders who have given so much in their service.
Family of a Vet (article)
This is a helpful article that tells of the benefits of a recumbent bike and offers tips in hope to obtain one from the VA.
Foundation 14 (motorcycles)
Foundation 14 is an organization that is committed to supporting our military veterans and their passion for riding. From custom modifications to our Right-to-Ride program, fundraisers, and community service - we do everything we can to get veterans on the road.
MTB Vets (Chamblee, GA)
We are veterans who understand the potential challenges of transitioning into and thriving within the civilian community. As proud veterans and enthusiastic mountain bikers, we firmly believe in ‘trail therapy’. The trail challenges the body, stimulates the mind, and soothes the soul … and your riding companions become family. You belong.
No Vet Alone
No Vet Alone will bring America's Finest together through sports, activities and community, helping them overcome challenges resulting from their visible and invisible wounds. No Vet Alone invites you to take part and support America’s finest in community activities, concerts and sporting events that honor and support our Nation’s heroes who have served and sacrificed.
Operation Combat Bikesaver (motorcycles) (Crown Point, IN)
At Operation Combat Bikesaver we re-build bikes with heroes for heroes.
Operation Combat Bikesaver provides a workshop for veterans suffering from PTSD and/or TBI and/or depression. This workshop includes trained individuals skilled in various areas of Motorcycle fabrication, restoration, and customization to help teach candidates that there is more to life than negativity. Once the project is completed by the candidate, it is theirs to keep or donate to another candidate of their choosing.
The specific objectives and purpose of this organization shall be:
- to provide instruction on various aspects of customizing a motorcycle to persons with PTSD and/or TBI and/or depression.
- to provide facilities, equipment, trained individuals, safe environment, and family atmosphere for participants to engage in an escape or distraction from the effects of suffering from PTSD and/or TBI and/or depression.
- to provide opportunities for participants to engage in recreational, team building, self-worth, satisfaction of accomplishing something they thought they never could by building something from nothing.
- to be a “big brother” of sorts to these participants.
- to lower suicide rates amongst the combat veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD and or TBI.
- to sponsor, host and/or participate in events and activities that promote PTSD and/or TBI and/or depression, Veteran themed.
Operation Comfort (San Antonio, TX)
The cycling program was the first sports program Operation Comfort decided to take on in 2005. We have a fleet of handcycles, recumbent trikes, tandems, road bikes that we can adapt and fit to you.
We ride on Wednesdays and Saturdays at various locations in San Antonio and the Hill Country. We welcome all abilities and skill levels. We also do multiple special rides each year.
Empowering veterans via camaraderie/networking, outdoors recreation, and healthy physical activity like backpacking, hiking, camping, and mountain bike riding. We want to show our brother/sister vets more of the country they volunteered to defend and protect. We protected it. We defended it. We sacrificed for it. Now let's experience it.
Pedal Against PTSD
Pedal Against PTSD is a non-profit organization that has a mission to empower veterans to overcome PTSD through the sport of cycling.
Founded in 2008, Project Hero is a groundbreaking national non-profit organization dedicated to helping Veterans and First Responders affected by PTSD, TBI and injury achieve rehabilitation, recovery, and resilience in their daily lives and increasing awareness to combat the national mental health emergency posed by PTSD and TBI.
Project Hero programs including Ride 2 Recovery events and Project Hero HUB Community Centers produce positive outcomes at lower costs and reduce drug-based therapies. The organization also builds and provides adaptive bikes to physically-challenged and injured veterans and first responders and founded the Project Hero Institute for Mental Health to support clinical research programs in 2016.
Ride 2 Recovery started when a recreational therapist with the Veterans Administration thought cycling would be an effective alternative therapy for PTSD and TBI treatment as well as physical injury rehabilitation.
Ride it Out - Veteran Mountain Bike Alliance
Ride It Out is a mountain bike based effort to empower veterans and give them positive outlets for stress and anxiety.
Competitive Adaptive cyclists who race under the colors & banner of Paralyzed Veterans Racing. The team races within the United State Handcycling Federation's sanctioned events and numerous other competitive & recreational events ranging from Marathons to MS 150s. The team is made up of military veterans who served within the United States Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard and were either injured during their service or after their honorable discharge. Veterans need not be paralyzed to become a team member. Paralyzed Veterans Racing is one of many adaptive sporting opportunities sponsored by Paralyzed Veterans of America.
The Dirt Therapy Project (San Antonio, TX)
Our mission at The Dirt Therapy Project is to help veterans manage stressors in life due to PTSD, military transitions, school, work or other life events. We aim to facilitate this through an introduction to mountain biking, fresh air, camaraderie and good ol’ fashioned PT.
US Military Endurance Sports
The US Military Endurance Sports (USMES) program, a division of American Servicemembers Amateur Sports Inc. (ASAS), is a non-profit organization chartered to support amateur athletes, endurance sports education and activities for current, retired, and veteran members of the United States Uniformed Services.
USO HRCV Outdoor Adventure Team (Little Creek, VA)
USOHRCV’s Outdoor Adventure Team (OAT) is a peer-led health and wellness program designed for service members and their families to connect over physical challenges to encourage sustainable healthy living. OAT activities focus on four core pillar; wellness, sleep, nutrition, and resiliency, and have the adaptability and scalability to include wounded, ill, or injured service members as a supplement to their ongoing physical rehabilitation efforts. Our OAT program treats the warrior and the family as a comprehensive unit, believing that engaging together in physical activity not only provides valuable opportunities for creating lasting memories but that these moments and shared experiences fortify against future struggles associated with the demanding needs of a military lifestyle.
Visit the OAT Program Page for more detailed information:
Velo\Vets (Sierra Vista and Tuscon, AZ)
Cyclists, volunteers and supporters enriching the lives of disabled veterans in our community by sharing the physical and mental benefits of cycling and camaraderie.
Velo\Vets offers two weekly rides supporting veterans, disabled veterans, and the larger community looking for opportunities to cycle which combine fun, exercise, social connection and service.
VetBikes (Seattle, WA and Denver, CO)
As a project of the Veterans Family Fund of America we are a veteran run non-profit organization which provides local Seattle and Denver area recovering veterans a bicycle to facilitate their path to wellness. Veterans Programs widely utilize the benefits of cycling in rehabilitation for general fitness benefits, management of PTSD and depression, and as a vehicle to get veterans outside and active in our local community. Veterans who desire a bike must be referred by a DoD or VA medical professional who states that a bicycle is essential to the veteran’s plan for recovery from service connected issues.
While several charitable organizations purchase bicycles for veterans rehabilitation programs, we strive to partner with their efforts by capturing the niche of using donated spare parts to build fitted bicycles for veterans to keep for their own and continue cycling therapy during and after graduation from veterans rehab programs.
We are a veteran lead non-profit, organization in the State of Colorado that began in 2010, to enhance the lives of our nation’s veterans. We understand the issues and struggles veterans deal with every day. We are a community oriented and outdoor focused organization.
Warrior Expeditions supports combat veterans transitioning from their military service by participating in long distance outdoor expeditions.
In 1948, Earl Shaffer told a friend he was going to “walk off the war” to work out the sights, sounds, and losses of World War II. Four months later, Earl Shaffer became the first person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.
Following in Earl Shaffer’s footsteps and in recognizing the therapeutic effects of long distance outdoor expeditions, Warrior Expeditions created the Warrior Hike, Warrior Bike, and Warrior Paddle programs which are designed to help combat veterans transition from their military service.
A special "Thank You" to Al Lopez, a friend of Operation We Are Here, who volunteers his time to keep me informed of critical and helpful resources relating to Bike Therapy for military veterans!