KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- Five military veterans are on a new mission...one that takes them on a journey across the country. And it's all by bike.
The ride is part of The Long Road Home Project. It kicked off in Washington State, and will end 4,200 miles later in Washington D.C.
The project was created by Casey Miller, while not a veteran, Miller is supporter of our men and women in the military. Miller used cycling to deal with personal issues...and this inspired him to help get the veterans on the road.
Each of the five are riding for a different cause, ranging from veterans dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to gay and lesbians serving in the military.
Veteran Maria Tracy says the ride is making her a better person, while giving her a chance to see America's beauty close-up.
Another veteran, John Taylor, rides a "hand-cycle", using his arms to pedal. He uses a wheelchair most of the time when not riding, but that hasn't slowed him down in his quest to help other veterans.
The group spent some time in Knoxville, and on Monday night held a question and answer session with students at South College's School of Physician Assistant Studies.
They hope each mile they bike and each person they meet, help them better the lives of other veterans.