Paralyzed veteran hand cycles 1,200 miles across U.S.

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(4/17/19) Paralyzed U.S. Army veteran Ricky Raley left Dallas on Saturday, April 13, for a 1200-mile, hand-crank cycle ride across the U.S. Raley isn’t throwing down over a thousand miles for fame, though. He is doing it for a good cause.

Raley hopes to raise money and awareness for Boot Campaign’s Health and Wellness Program.

The funds will go to the national nonprofit organization’s health and wellness program that works to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic pain, self-medication and insomnia.

Ricky Raley Joined the Indiana Army National Guard in 2004. On one mission, the truck carrying Raley and his teammates tripped an IED (improvised explosive device). Raley sustained mild traumatic brain injuries and was awarded the Purple Heart. 

In 2009, after returning from Iraq, Ricky was involved in a near fatal truck accident leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

Ricky was distant from his family, didn’t know how to manage the cognitive struggles and found Boot Campaign as a resource. He went through the Boot Campaign Health and Wellness Program and realized the changes and wanted more veterans to experience what he did, so he was inspired to pay it forward – to do the hand cycle to raise awareness.

By texting BOOTSON to 27722, patriots can give $5 in support of Boot Campaign. To learn more, donate and volunteer to be part of Ricky Raley’s Road Trip, visit

Follow along on social media using #RaleyRoadTrip.

About the Boot Campaign
Established in 2009, Boot Campaign is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to igniting the inner patriot in all Americans and providing life-improving programs to veterans and active duty military families. Retail sales of combat boots, apparel and mission-focused merchandise, donations and corporate sponsorships fund our efforts to support thousands of military personnel from every generation who have endured significant physical, emotional and circumstantial hardships resulting from their service and sacrifice. 88% of funds raised by Boot Campaign go directly to our mission-minded programs. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the handle @bootcampaign. Media kit for Raley Road Trip, including photos, can be downloaded here.

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