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Pence Hosts Memorial Day Bike Ride

| by Robert Fowler

Vice President Mike Pence honored U.S. military service members during the kickoff of the 10th annual Project Hero Memorial Day Bike Ride, a cycling marathon dedicated to addressing post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans.

On May 29, Pence hosted between 70 to 80 cyclists participating in the national nonprofit Project Hero event at his home in Washington, D.C. The vice president addressed the bike riders before they rode off on a marathon that stretched to Virginia Beach, Virginia.

"This is a day we remember those who serve and did not come home -- and to be able to welcome you heroes here, all of you, who have worn the uniform of the United States, and some law enforcement, and have borne the burdens that come with that service," Pence said, according to Fox News.

The vice president was flanked by his wife Karen Pence and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin.

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"To be able to welcome you here on the most hallowed of days is profoundly humbling to Karen and I," Pence told attendees.

During his remarks, Pence addressed the epidemic of PTSD among veterans and first responders.

"It is heartbreaking today to think that one in five service members has PTSD," Pence continued, The Hill reports.

The vice president praised Shulkin for the VA's ongoing reforms to provide veterans with "health care they've earned, and deserve, in uniform."

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Pence concluded: "We wish you godspeed and safe travels all the way to Virginia Beach, and Project Hero, all the way to a full recovery in an America that cherishes all who serve."

Founded in 2008, Project Hero has worked to raise awareness for PTSD and help rehabilitate veterans as well as first responders. In 2014, the nonprofit began kicking off its annual Memorial Day Bike Ride at Vice President Joe Biden's residence, according to the Washington Examiner.

During the event, both the vice president and his wife were presented with honorary Project Hero jerseys.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump observed Memorial Day by addressing families of fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery, CNN reports.

"We only hope that every day we can prove worthy, not only of their sacrifice and service, but of the sacrifice made by the families and loved ones they left behind," Trump told the Gold Star families.

The president added: "Every time you see the sun rise over this blessed land, please know your brave sons and daughters pushed away the knife and delivered for us all that great and glorious dawn."

Sources: CNNFox News, The HillWashington Examiner / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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