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Adventure cycling program helps local veterans with recovery

Adventure cycling program helps local veterans with recovery

Justin Held is a recovering alcoholic who is sharing his love of biking with others through the Miles of Freedom program. TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) –…

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Justin Held is a recovering alcoholic who is sharing his love of biking with others through the Miles of Freedom program.

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Many veterans in our community silently struggle with things like addiction and Post Traumatic Stress. There are a number of programs to help them, and you can now add one more to the list in Lucas County.

It’s called Miles of Freedom. It’s described as adventure cycling for recovery.

Justin Held is the founder. He struggled with alcohol addiction for more than twenty years. He says at times he was drinking a case of beer a day. Justin has been sober for nearly three years, and he’s turned his love of biking into a way to help others.

“It just gives me purpose and once you have a purpose, you’re on the road to recovery. When I get up in the morning, I am not thinking about alcohol.”

The bikepacking program helps veterans heal from things like addiction and PTS alongside others who understand their challenges and struggles. Bikepacking is described as all-terrain cycling with camping gear. Miles of Freedom kicks off in April and runs through September.

Held says the vets will start with rides of 20-30 miles in a day and build up to overnight trips that cover hundreds of miles and multiple days.”Bicycle chains are made up of links that work together to move the bike forward. Our program helps veterans feel supported and heal together out on the trails.”The equipment for the cycling adventures is […]

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