From building and donating adaptive bikes and producing cycling events throughout the nation to supporting community-based rehabilitation and recovery programs and important medical and clinical research, Project Hero is raising awareness of the national PTSD mental health crisis and making a difference in the lives of thousands of Veterans and First Responders, as well as their families and communities.
Our programs have helped more than 10,000 Veterans and First Responders through cycling-based programs and other events since 2008. Project Hero participants record elimination of and decreases in use of prescription drugs of as much as 65 percent, greater injury recovery rates, improved sleep habits and overall improvement in daily life functions.
Project Hero has built more than 200 adaptive bikes for injured Veterans, donated more than 2,500 bikes to Veterans and logged more than 30,000 bicycling miles in 30 states and 6 countries to bring hope, recovery and resilience in support of America’s Healing Heroes.
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Project Hero programs include Project Hero HUB Centers, Ride 2 Recovery Challenges and special events and Project Hero Honor Rides and the Project Hero Research Institute for Mental Health all designed to help healing heroes set and achieve goals beyond their original expectations.
PROJECT HERO HUB COMMUNITY CENTERS
Community and Military-based HUB Centers offering participants recovery and rehabilitation programs that embody the Five Pillars of Project Hero: rehabilitation, employment, education, family support, community service all designed to deliver the benefits of Project Hero to Healing Heroes throughout the US. Project Hero participants are encouraged to ride and complete Ride 2 Recovery Challenge rides and Honor Rides.
RIDE 2 RECOVERY
Ride 2 Recovery events include multiple-day Challenge Series events with 200 healing heroes, Mountain Biking events, Special Events including bi-annual Ride 2 Recovery Women’s and Men’s Initiatives and single-day Project Hero Honor Rides geared towards raising awareness and funding for the R2R Programs and connecting Veterans with riders in the local community, all with one important goal of helping more riders ride more often.
PROJECT HERO RESEARCH ON MENTAL HEALTH
Through the involvement of Project Hero and Ride 2 Recovery participants and fundraising, the Project Hero Research program for mental health supports research programs and initiatives through a partnership with leading mental health and medical professionals and the Georgetown University Hospital and other leading medical research institutions.
PROJECT HERO RESEARCH ON MENTAL HEALTH
Currently there are an average of 20 suicides among PTSD sufferers in the US every day, more than 20 percent of active and retired military have some form of PTSD and more than 300,000 current members of the military have experienced concussion trauma.
Working in partnership on participant research with Georgetown University Hospital and other leading clinical researchers, Project Hero programs have proven to produce positive outcomes at lower costs and reducing drug-based therapies for Veterans and First Responders in communities throughout the US.
Our Ride 2 Recovery program adapts and modifies bicycles on a daily basis and we have the ability to create one-of-a-kind specialty bikes from the ground up. With a nationwide team of mechanics and engineers, we can create very unique bikes with custom frame designs and any adaptions needed to help with the mental and physical health of our Healing Heroes. The following are examples of the amazing work that has helped our Healing Heroes reach their goal of being free to ride.
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