Wounded veterans ride around town to raise awareness

Reported by Gavin Johnson - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Several wounded veterans from across the nation are riding around town to help people remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

The soldiers are also riding to raise awareness for the Hope for Warriors organization, which is program designed to help soldiers when they return home.

Sean Debevoize was shot several times in Iraq, but is now currently a student at CFCC.  He said it's hard finding people who can relate to his story.

"I was hit once in the head and that paralyzed my left leg," said Sean.

Sean said being on the highway with other wounded veterans gives him piece of mind.

"I think it's safe to say with everybody here, there's a bond between us," said Sean.

Andrew McCaffery was injured after a grenade exploded in his hand, and the ride reminds him that he can still do things he used to do, despite being injured.

"It's a great way to rehab," said Andrew.

Andrew said he also loves the support the soldiers receive from the public.

"After 19 years of service, sometimes you forget that people in this community actually do care for you," said Andrew.

The soldiers will be on the road again Friday, pedaling in the Brunswick County area, making stops at several schools.

The soldiers will wrap things up by riding 43 miles around Oak Island Saturday.  The public is invited to attend.

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