For the past four years I’ve had the privilege of working with the New York Veterans Affairs hospitals, helping to put wounded vets on recumbent trikes. For the past three years, in May, New York City Recumbent Supply has volunteered at the “Pedals of Honor” event, which the VA hosts in conjunction with Achilles International. As an event volunteer, I help set up bikes and trikes, provide maintenance and repairs, fit participants onto trikes and bikes, and support the massive group ride around the park. It’s a thrill to work with these guys and I look forward to it every year. Neile Weissman, president of the New York Cycle Club, also helps.
I’m consistently impressed by the staff from the VA, who seem to truly love their work. This year, I was additionally pleased to meet Dick Traum, the founder of the Achilles Track Club, now known as Achilles International. I admire what Mr. Traum has done for disabled athletes. CNN produced a video about Mr. Traum that you can watch here.