The University of New Mexico Veterans Resource Center welcomes two disabled veterans on Monday, March 19 from 1 – 5 p.m. when they curb their bicycles at the VRC.
Veterans Jeremy Staat and Wesley Leon-Barrientos are biking across America to ignite the spirit of unity among veterans and to raise public awareness concerning veterans' issues.
They started their trek at the Bakersfield, Calif. Wall of Valor on Sunday, Feb. 19 and intend to cycle 4,163 miles to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. by Memorial Day. They will commemorate the 25th anniversary of Operation Rolling Thunder and the 30th anniversary of the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
Staat, a retired NFL player, joined the Marines in 2005 after his best friend Pat Tillman, another former NFL player, was killed in Afghanistan. In 2009, Staat separated from the military for a service-connected injury.
Leon-Barrientos served in the 101st Airborne Division as an infantryman. He was a three-time recipient of the Purple Heart Medal. In 2007, while on patrol in Iraq, he lost both legs to a roadside bomb.