Bush holds ride for wounded veterans at his ranch

George Bush bikes with wounded warriors at his ranch.

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP/KXAN) — Former President George W. Bush went on his annual mountain bike ride on Friday, but this year he was joined by wounded U.S. military members.

Bush spoke Friday at his Crawford ranch in Central Texas as part of the three-day Warrior 100K, a 100-kilometer ride. Sixteen current and retired members of the military wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan participated in the ride.

Bush said the wounded U.S. military members “turned their circumstances into good” by displaying courage and sacrifice.

George W. Bush rides with wounded warriors in his ranch near Crawford, Texas.
George W. Bush rides with wounded warriors in his ranch near Crawford, Texas.

“It’s such an honor, so gracious of President Bush and Miss Bush to invite us here to enjoy the ranch,” retired U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Leonard said.

This is the fourth year that Bush has hosted the event and he’ll be riding the full 100K. He holds the gathering to show appreciation for the sacrifice of veterans.

Former Dallas Cowboy Moose Johnston joined the former president and wounded warriors for a little fun.

“Their perspective on life is very refreshing, for any of us that are having a tough day and have an opportunity to be around these warriors is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Johnston said. “It’s just something you couldn’t turn down.”

Bush said he was surrounded by “extraordinary” people who were injured after volunteering to serve the nation.

The race is part of the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas.

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