Dozens of veterans participate in 4th annual 'Soldier Ride' in Kenosha
Shelley Walcott reports Video by 620wtmj.comvideo
KENOSHA - They're called wounded warriors but Thursday more than 30 military vets showed nothing but strength, as they took to the streets for the fourth annual "Soldier Ride", hosted by Snap-on Incorporated.
All of the men and women participating in Thursday's race were injured serving their country. Many rode specially equipped bikes, including Army Sgt. Toby Montoya who lost the use of both of his legs while on duty in Afghanistan.
"There was a 400 pound explosive buried in the road," Montoya told TODAY'S TMJ4.
Sgt. Montoya joined this year's race for two reasons: To help raise money for veterans, and to feel the support of fellow injured soldiers. "They know how I feel. They know what it's like to wake up at three in the morning screaming."
Before the race hundreds of Snap-on associates joined the riders for a pep rally, where Snap-on Chairman and CEO Nick Pinchuk presented riders with a $50,000 check.
"We're part of the American scene and I think America has been formed by the contribution of the armed forces and in particular these people who have been wounded have given so much we wanted to give back," said Pinchuk.
Snap-on employees also joined the 18 mile ride from their Kenosha headquarters, to the Great Lakes Naval Station in Great Lakes, Illinois.
A huge show of support to empower and honor wounded warriors, many of whom never thought they'd ride again.