Monday, May 27, 2013

President GW Bush Opens his Texas Ranch to Wounded Warriors

Army Major Jim Anderson has logged more than 17 years of active duty in the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Yet, most of the wounds he has suffered aren’t visible. 
Thursday morning, just before dawn in Waco, Texas, I stood outside the Hotel Indigo and spoke with him for Fox News about his long battle against Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). More than 200,000 Army veterans suffer from this condition. 
Anderson said that the stigma surrounding this debilitating illness has begun to diminish, replaced by therapy and support. At Anderson’s side was his son Langston a source of inspiration and pride for his dad. [...]
Fifteen wounded warriors rode with President Bush this year for the Third Annual Bush Center W100K Wounded Warrior Mountain Bike Ride. It was the first time that the mountain bike ride took place on his pastoral ranch outside Crawford Texas, where 43 miles of trails have been built. 
Several of the participants told me that they were deeply affected by President Bush’s ability to perform as one of them; spending hours as host talking and joking with them, leading the pack up the pristine wooded and rock-covered single-track trails.
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