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Warriors on Wheels Kick Off Ride Texas 2012 in Wichita Falls

Mile one of a 500 mile ride across the state to raise money for our nation's wounded warriors began in Wichita Falls this morning.  Two dozen cyclists including some amputees are taking part in the second annual "Ride Texas" from Wichita Falls to Corpus Christi.
    Twenty-four Warriors on Wheels cyclists are pedaling 500 miles during the next six days to raise money for Operation Comfort, a San Antonio non-profit that helps wounded service members from Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Janis Roznowski, founder of Operation Comfort, says, "Our goal is to be able to raise enough money so we can continue our programs.  We have hand cycling, sled hockey, amputee surfing, we have an amputee softball team.  We have a program that recognizes a lot of guys don't like to do sports, so they work on cars."
    Charles Lemon, an amputee cyclist who served in Iraq and who receives treatment from the program, says, "Operation Comfort gets us wounded soldiers out of the barracks, out of rehab and gives us a break every now and then."
    The group includes eight active duty military members.
    Matthew McKenzie, who's Army active duty, says, "I've done multiple deployments overseas, and I've never been injured.  I want to help those who have because you never know.  You could be over there four years and never get injured, or you could be over there two months and get injured."
    And also three amputees.
    "They've been helping me and other wounded soldiers out in San Antonio.  I just felt like I needed to give back.  Plus, it's good exercise, it's a good time, and seeing all the support out here is pretty heart-warming and it really helps with recovery," Lemon says.
    Their journey kicked off in Wichita Falls and will take them 505 miles all the way to Corpus Christi.
    They're teaming up with Whataburger, and stopping at about 15 restaurant locations along the way.
    Dori Wile, Whataburger's director of field marketing, says, "Whataburger just loved their mission and what they do for the veterans.  They veterans are the real heroes here, and to see them out riding to raise money for operation comfort, we just had to get involved."
    Organizers will set up events at each Whataburger location, and ask customers to join the effort to support those who gave of themselves for our freedom.
    Ride Texas 2012 hopes to raise $100-thousand for Operation Comfort.
    And to learn more about the non-profit, you can go here: http://www2.operationcomfort.org/
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