(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, joined American Airlines, the Honor Guards from the Miami-Dade Police Department and Customs and Border Protection at Miami International Airport in a send-off celebration for 28 wounded war veterans from Miami traveling to France to take part in a series of Ride 2 Recovery events.
American Airlines, in partnership with Air Compassion for Veterans (ACV) and United Healthcare, provided the transportation for a total of 147 wounded warriors that departed for France from Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, Boston and New York City.
While in France, the group of riders which includes 121 wounded warriors or veterans of Vietnam or World War II will visit important World War II sites, culminating on July 8 in a ride to arrive at the finish of Stage 6 of the 2011 Tour de France.
"I am so proud of the wounded veterans taking part in this event, it shows their determination and their commitment to overcome adversities" said Commissioner Diaz, who served in the U.S. Marines and is also the County's Military Liaison.
Ride 2 Recovery benefits mental and physical rehabilitation programs for our country's wounded veterans and features cycling as the core activity.