SA hosts Soldier Ride for wounded warriors

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SAN ANTONIO - Once again, the Alamo City is playing host to some special veterans.

Some 50 wounded warriors are in town for the annual Soldier Ride.

“What we are doing here is getting warriors engaged and back to an active lifestyle," said Shana Gibbs.

San Antonio's is one of 19 events held around the country.

Joshua Sommers, from Ohio, is enjoying his first ride in San Antonio.

“I love riding the bike. It’s exercise, for one, and it helps me build strength in my legs and helps me walk, which is my ultimate goal,” said Sommers.

He suffered a traumatic brain injury in Afghanistan in 2010. His mom made the trip to help him out with a tandem ride.

“I wouldn’t be anywhere else. It's exciting for me just to see him up and around," said Lisa Hopkins, Joshua’s mom.

The actual ride takes place over two days. On Friday, they will ride from Canyon Lake to Gruene -- about 15 miles -- then on Saturday, they will ride around Boerne, another 30 miles.

Herold Newhouse was stationed in Iraq in 2008 when he was injured and now has two titanium plates in his spine.  He wasn’t much of a rider before the injury.

“Wounded warriors got me going and got me enjoying it and finding out that I had a new passion,” Newhouse said.

Because of that passion, he now has his own bike and really enjoys being around other wounded warriors and the great outdoors.

“You thought you were so limited whenever you first get injured,” Newhouse said. "Then being able to find the freedom that that you weren’t sure you were going to be able have.”

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