DALLAS - From San Antonio, Annie Stevens is medically retired from the United States Army. It was a knee injury that ultimately ended her 13-year career in the Army but it was her work as a medic and sexual assault that led to her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Diagnoses.
"All of those feelings and emotions don't really kick in until you're stateside and that's when it hits you, all of the traumatic experiences that you went through," Stevens said.
For two days in Dallas, dozens of retired military members will log dozens of miles around White Rock Lake. It's part therapy, party bonding and it's called Soldier Ride.
It wasn't started by veterans, rather a New York bartender and night club promoter looking for a way to give back.
"When people thank me for being involved with this, I am actually embarrassed because riding bikes around a lake is not one day in Afghanistan," said Nick Kraus, a co-founder of Soldier Ride. "It's just an honor to meet the people that I've met around the country that have given so much."
The bikes are provided for free and riders aren't limited by any injury, including one rider featured in a Soldier Ride video who flies down a roadway on a bike peddled with his hands.
The clip is from a documentary called "Welcome to Solider Ride" that documents their cross country journey. Back in Dallas, only a few miles in and Stevens is cruising right along.
"Knowing that there are other females like myself that have similar experiences and have gone through similar things that I've gone through have opened me up to being more of an open book," Stevens said.
Proving that no soldier rides alone, even after their retired.
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