Wounded Warriors

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by Sandra Torres

KENOSHA -- Dozens of wounded veterans gathered in Kenosha to go on an 18-mile bike ride to northern Illinois.

“This is one of my favorite things to do as a soldier,” said Toby Montoya.

Montoya is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2009, he became partially paralyzed and lost part of his sight after his convoy was struck by an IED in Afghanistan.

"being a wounded warrior and going through therapy is a solo endeavor… But out here I'm no longer solo,” said Montoya.

The ride, hosted by Snap-on Inc., gives wounded warriors the opportunity to gain confidence and strength through cycling.

"it's quite gratifying to see these young men and women in their past life and facing their future with optimism. It’s invigorating,” said Nick Pinchuk, CEO of Snap-on.

The event is also very meaningful to people like Kathy Whiteside, who lost her brother to the Iraq war in 2003.

"we have people like my brother who went out and gave his life for his country so we can have events like this,” said Whiteside.

Snap-on incorporated donated $50,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization decided to helping wounded veterans returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq.

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