“Sometimes you’re going to be the soldier on the bottom carrying somebody, helping them out. But sometimes you’re going to need to be that warrior on top getting carried, getting through those hard times and troubles,” U.S. Army veteran Jeremy Robinette said Saturday.
Robinette participated in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride through North County.
Dozens of veterans rode along the scenic coastline for the event, which was held at various locations across the country.
He spent four years on active duty and said that “you lose some of that camaraderie” when you come home. He said the Wounded Warrior Project helped him with that transition when he took part in his first ride in 2015.
“Most of us have mental disabilities too,” U.S. Navy veteran Jewshua Arango told NBC 7. “It’s not only physical scars but mental scars. It helps being around people who help you get through that.”
Robinette said the illnesses and injuries represented in the ride range anywhere from PTSD and traumatic brain injury to amputation.
“We’ve got warriors out there on seated bikes and hand cycles and just getting after it. Some of them haven’t done it in a long time,” he said.
The vets received applause and honks of approval along their ride – something they admit is emotional.
“We want them to just look at us and see that we’re together,” Arango said. “We’re all here for each other.”