Valley Veterans Ride for Heroes
After much consideration of the risks associated with covid-19, the Valley Veterans Ride 4 Heroes has changed the ride to a virtual ride/ride on your own format. Although the Shenandoah Valley is not experiencing the case load seen elsewhere in the state, we do have increasing cases and are making the change to protect the health and safety of both our riders and our veterans who put on the ride. This was a very difficult decision to make since we were looking forward to the 2020 ride.
We are still committed to using the ride to raise funds for Boulder Crest Retreat and hope that you will join us in doing so. We invite you to join us by registering to do the ride, either by riding a comparable distance on your own in your local community (perhaps start at your local VFW post) or by downloading the route from the website and riding the actual route on your own at whatever time and date suits you. Note that two routes have been uploaded on the website, 53 miles and 26 miles. The course will not be physically marked and there will be no support or rest stops along it, but the beautiful, rolling countryside awaits you should you choose this option.
America’s veterans continue to struggle with the trauma of their combat experiences. Today, that struggle is further exacerbated by the increased isolation and disconnection of the pandemic lockdowns and mitigation measures. BCR, which operates entirely through donor support, is continuing to provide posttraumatic growth training to those in need, but is being severely impacted by the drop off in donor support and the cancelation of fundraisers. Therefore, whatever support we can provide through the VVR4H is critical. Last year, with your great support, we were able to donate $26,000 to Boulder Crest Retreat, for a total of $52,000 in 3 years. We hope that you will continue to help us in this endeavor.