NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — The job of helping wounded troops rebuild their lives is a tremendous undertaking. Since 2003, more than 37,000 American troops have been seriously injured while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
CBS 2’s Rob Morrison spoke with two men who were wounded while fighting.
“I was shot through my calf, the bullet went straight through. It took my Achilles tendon with it. They said that I would never walk again, and they originally wanted to amputate,” said Timothey Strobel.
SSgt Stephen Siwulec was also wounded.
“I don’t remember much of the accident, but now I suffer from a traumatic brain injury. I have a mass on my right lobe. Suffer from a back injury, and heart condition now,” he said.
The two returning warriors were hopeless and depressed, until they discovered the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project is an organization that provides support to veterans who have been hurt in combat.
“They were there with open arms to say, ‘you are worth something, you will get better’,” said Strobel.
A Queens company recently reached out to Wounded Warrior. Worksman Cycles in Ozone Park created a special series of bikes to benefit the program.
“They’re facing life through their challenges in an amazing way, with an amazing spirit, we can all learn from them. They’re very inspiring, and these heroes deserve our support,” said Wayne Sosin, of Worksman Cycles.
The handmade bikes are designed with different frames and special colors.
“What makes them unique, two unique colors, haze grey and hell on wheels khaki, which are military terms,” said Bruce Weinreb, of Worksman Cycles.
Siwulec and Strobel went on a special tour of the bike factory and expressed an immense deal of gratitude.
” Without the Wounded Warrior Project, I wouldn’t be here right now,” said Siwulec.
Strobel echoed those sentiments.
“It’s just an absolutely amazing organization and Worksman for helping them help us, I can never thank them enough,” said Strobel.
The bikes range in price from four to eight-hundred dollars. Ten-percent of sales benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
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