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Veteran who biked across the U.S. to honor fallen soldiers also finds healing | CBS News

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Chris Kolenda, a retired Army colonel who served in Afghanistan for four combat tours, wants to pay tribute to his fellow warriors.

He rode 1,700 miles across the United States after not riding a bike for 20 years. He admitted to CBS News, “I told myself, ‘You know, I’m not getting any younger. To visit the graves of the six paratroopers from the unit he oversaw who had died, Kolenda rode his bicycle across the nation. On his bike, he has their names etched. The survivors of combat underwent alteration, with many battling post-traumatic stress disorder. One of our paratroopers, a meth addict, now resides in a trash, Kolenda added. “We’ve lost more members of our unit to suicide and drug usage than enemy fire; one of our paratroopers committed suicide two weeks ago.” Kolenda advised anyone who questions veterans about their service to remain upbeat. In order to visit Capt. Dave Boris’s grave, he rode his bike up a four-mile, steep slope in Pennsylvania. According to one research, more than 7,000 American service members have perished in military activities connected to the “Global War on Terror” since the September 11 attacks. In the same time frame, more than 30,000 active-duty service personnel and veterans have committed suicide, which is almost four times as many.



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