Silverado Supports Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans
Today on Veterans’ Day, members of the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans are at home with their friends and family, resting after a long year of handcycling competitions. They’ll be back at it again in January, but the holiday season is their time off.
The Silverado High Country that Chevy donated to the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans last year, however, will not be taking a break. The truck, which the team has relied on all year, will now work on transporting cycles from New York to Bethesda, Maryland, at the Walter Reed National Military Center, once each month. There, more wounded veterans can work to rebuild strength—and their lives—by using the handcycles to compete in marathons and more.
“We’ve put a little over 20,000 miles on it so far and it drives and hauls like a dream,” said Joe Traum, the director of handcycle and kayak programs for Achilles International. It was Traum’s father, Dick, who began the organization initially. Dick was also the first athlete to finish a marathon with a prosthetic leg.
The veterans have given an affectionate name to the Silverado High Country: “Reese,” because its saddle brown interior makes them all hungry for Reese’s. (Can you blame them?)
Don’t forget to tell a veteran what his or her service means to you today.
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