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Veterans Romney and Manning Ride with President George W. Bush
Date:6/17/2013

Holbrook, NY (PRWEB) June 17, 2013

Army Staff Sergeant Omar Romney was impressed. As one of 15 participants in the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Warrior 100K Ride May 23-25, he had the opportunity to not only meet the former president, but also ride with him.

“The President says this is not a race but he sure likes to go fast,” Romney recalled, noting that Bush fondly called him “his wing man.”

Injured during deployment to Iraq in 2003, Romney was sent to Fort Campbell in Kentucky for rehabilitation. Medically retired from the Army owing to his injuries, he accepted a position with the Department of Defense and later with the Department of Veterans Affairs, but felt unfilled and missed his colleagues.

Taking up bicycling, he participated in a Ride 2 Recovery event and traveled to Washington in late April of this year for the Face of America ride from World T.E.A.M. Sports. Unfortunately, medical issues sent him to the hospital instead, where he spent the term of the event missing the 110-mile ride, which included friend Michael Manning as a participant.

Medically retired from the Marine Corps in 2003, Manning completed World T.E.A.M. Sports’ 2012 Sea to Shining Sea cross-country bicycle ride, as well as several Ride 2 Recovery rides. Finding cycling to be therapeutic, the Dixon, Tennessee veteran was invited to ride the Warrior 100K as a guest of Romney. “I will be submitting my application next year,” Manning said of the P
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