Browns Automotive supports Project Hero to help vets and first responders

Brownês Automotive supports Project Hero To help vets and first responders

Brownês Manassas Subaru hosted a Memorial Day lunch for Project Hero, a group that helps veterans and first responders affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury achieve rehabilitation. The lunch was also attended by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and Joe Koch of WANADA.

The event was done in conjunction with Project Heroês 10th annual Memorial Challenge Ride. The group of 125 bicyclists started in Washington with a ceremony with Vice President Pence at his D.C . residence on Embassy Row. Over the next six days, they cycled more than 500 miles, ending in Virginia Beach, stopping at supporters such as Brownês Subaru along the way. One of Project Heroês largest individual donors, Rob Paddor, owner of Evanston Subaru in Skokie, IL, connected the group with Subaru dealers around the country. The Memorial Challenge is one of seven long-distance rides Project Hero organizes each year.

Project Hero started nine years ago when a recreational therapist at the Veterans Administration contacted John Wordin, a professional cyclist and founder of the Fitness Challenge Foundation. The VA therapist believed that cycling could be a useful alternative therapy for veterans dealing with PTSD and TBI. Since then, Project Hero has built more than 200 adaptive bikes for veterans and logged more than 30,000 miles in 30 states and six countries to provide support for Americaês healing heroes. An impressive 63 percent of participants in the long-distance bike rides have reduced or eliminated prescription drug use, said spokeswoman Jaimie Lynch.

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