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The Military Order of the Purple Heart
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For Immediate Release

TWO IRAQI WAR VETERANS, ONE A MOPH MEMBER, ARE CROSSING THE COUNRY ON BICYCLES TO RAISE AWARENESS OF VETERAN ISSUES

The Wall to Wall Cross Country Bicycle Ride is a 4,263 mile journey across the southern half of the United States by two Iraq War Veterans. Wesley Barrientos is a 3-time Iraq War Veterans and a 3-time Purple Heart Recipient and a Double amputee.  He’s a member of Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 0604 in California.  Jeremy Staat is a retired NFL Player, a United States Marine, friend and former teammate of Pat Tillman’s and an Iraqi War Veteran. Staat is riding a standard bicycle while Barrientos is using a hand crank bicycle to cross our great nation. They started Sunday, 19 February, from the Wall of Valor, Bakersfield CA and will finish their journey at the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Washington DC. The Ride is sponsored by The Jeremy Staat Foundation that raises awareness of and supports our Nation’s Veterans, Veteran organizations, Veteran suicide awareness, and promotes Veteran centers on all college campuses.
  
You can find more details on the Ride and follow its day to day progress by going to www.walltowallbicycleride.com.  Chapters and Departments are encouraged to greet and support this effort by coordinating with Heather, Director of Operations for the ride (phone: 661-330-1411; email:  heather@jeremystaat.com) and MOPH Public Relations Director, John Bircher (Phone: 352-753-5535/Cell: 352-250-9555; email: publicrelations@purpleheart.org).


National Commander Bill Hutton seeing
the Riders off on their Journey


Barrientos and Staat - On the Road

For information contact:
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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