It's been over six years since President George W. Bush was our Commander in Chief, but his dedication to our men and women in uniform has yet to waver.
The former leader of the free world has begun honoring wounded warriors and their spouses by just hanging out with them.
For the past five years, every May, he has organized a 1,000-kilometer, three-day bike ride throughout Texas for soldiers and their spouses. The event, called the W100K, gives the former President of the United States a chance to get to know some vets who were wounded in the line of duty.
President Bush discussed the ride, in a statement acquired by The Blaze:
“I’ll be riding across the deserts of Texas with wounded warriors to show the unbelievable character of our men and women in uniform,” he wrote. “It’s a ride to herald people who were dealt a severe blow and said, ‘I’m not going to let it tear me down.’”
Retired Col. Miguel Howe, director of the Military Service Initiative, discussed the event in an official video:
The Warrior 100 is a special bond between the former commander in chief and those who answer the nation’s call," he said.
It cannot be stressed just how big this is for the wounded warriors who get to participate. Imagine getting to push yourself to the limit with the former President right at your side.
One Air Force veteran, Roque Urena, explained it like this:
“Three days of riding with President Bush,” he said. “Who wouldn't want that?”
There's something more at play here than just riding around through the harsh Texas desert. There's an emotional component as well. Urena's wife, Marlene, spoke of the special moments she shared with President Bush during the three-day adventure:
“Here is our chief commander and he kind of huddles me, literally, and puts his head here, and he says, ‘Thank you for what you’re doing. Please take good care of him. We are here for you and we understand,'” she said.
“As he pulled away, we both had tears streaming down our face. And you talk about a defining moment in life, I had the president of the United States show compassion and understanding for what I have gone through and what I was going through.”
This year's event is being held near Waco, Texas, and continues until May 2nd. Follow along with live coverage on the web.