Glenn Goulet can no longer run and jump. But, he can still ride his bicycle.
Medically discharged from the Army following 7-1/2 years of service, Glenn reports that going on rides with other veterans helps him relieve stress and stay physically fit. The Martinsburg WV resident injured his back while on active duty in Panama and has undergone five surgeries. More recently, he was diagnosed with a lung ailment, which he had noticed during his riding.
Despite his physical ailments, Glenn does not give up. During a bike ride with the non-profit Ride 2 Recovery, Glenn met a veteran with a prosthetic leg. Though this older veteran was having difficulties in the ride, he did not back away from the challenge. Glenn was greatly inspired by this veteran’s determination and will power.
Riding in the Sea to Shining Sea ride will give Glenn the opportunity to meet his fellow veteran riders, and to talk and share stories. “Knowing that I am not alone with these internal battles” will be a relief to Glenn. “I plan to show others that being disabled does not mean that we are not able to accomplish challenges in our lives,” he said.