Six men, all in their sixties, have embarked on a bicycle ride across the northern tier of the United States to raise funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project and Tuesday night they made their way through Pocatello.
"We didn't get much of a welcome home from Vietnam and this was really touching. If we can help a veteran simulate back into society, we want to do everything we can," said James Webber, a Marine Corps Veteran and Participant.
Tuesday night at 5:30 this bicycling team rode through Pocatello in support of each POW and MIA soldier.
"Just the generosity we feel and the love when we are out here and we come home we are going to be changed for the better, and this has been once in lifetime experience," added Webber.
One of the supporters there received a purple heart and was apart of the Wounded Warrior Project.
"I think it's a good cause, especially for the warriors that not only have physical wounds, but mental wounds. It helps us move forward and it's very nice," said Wade Pierce, an Army Sergeant.
The team began their journey in Astoria, Oregon where they dipped their back tires in the Pacific Ocean and will conclude in 60 days and 3,667 miles later in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where they will dip their front tires in the Atlantic.
"It feels great and to see and touch America like we are and see the people up close and personal; it's just something I'll never forget," said Webber.
With this ride all six men have a goal to honor the men and women who made the choice to serve our country and to generate support for the Wounded Warrior Project.
"What is has given me, I would give back. Anytime I see with Wounded Warrior Project, I want to be apart of it," added Pierce.
"Our men and women coming back from war are going to need a lot of help. I think they saw things there that, I mean anytime would blow up women and children, and you have gone over two or three times. They are going to need help and this might be just a small way to accomplish that," said Webber.
What started with a goal of $25 thousand dollars has now grown to almost $100 thousand dollars. All donations going straight to the wounded warrior project.
If are interested in making a donation you can visit ww.6over60RAA.com
and there will be a direct link to the wounded warrior web site.