UnitedHealthcare to Support Injured Veterans as Presenting Sponsor for 2011 Ride 2 Recovery Challenges

February 22, 2011
  • Ride 2 Recovery supports rehabilitation programs for the nation’s veterans through indoor and outdoor cycling programs

UnitedHealthcare will be the 2011 presenting sponsor for Ride 2 Recovery, which organizes indoor and outdoor cycling events across the nation to support injured veterans recovering from physical and mental wounds suffered in combat.

This is the second year that UnitedHealthcare is serving as Ride 2 Recovery’s presenting sponsor, providing financial, in-kind and volunteer support to assist in the rehabilitation of America’s injured veterans.

Ride 2 Recovery, in partnership with the Military and Veterans Affairs Volunteer Service offices, offers service men and women mental and physical rehabilitation programs that feature cycling as the core activity. From indoor spinning training in Warrior Transition Units to six-day, 450-mile rides, Ride 2 Recovery helps wounded warriors recover through the physical and mental challenge of cycling long distances.

“UnitedHealthcare is honored to support injured veterans in their rehabilitation. I have had the privilege of cycling in several Ride 2 Recovery Challenges and have seen firsthand the injured veterans’ determination as they ride, and their camaraderie as they exchanged true ‘war stories,’ cycling tips and advice on dealing with visible and hidden wounds,” said Forrest Burke, CEO, UnitedHealthcare’s Public Sector, Government, Labor & Education Markets. “We want these men and women to know clearly that they are not alone as they work to regain their health and well-being.”

“UnitedHealthcare’s support has been instrumental in our growth during the last year,” said John Wordin, president, Ride 2 Recovery. “Both organizations are committed to helping our injured veterans face the new normal in their lives as they deal with the injuries suffered in the defense of the American people. The financial and volunteer support from UnitedHealthcare and its employees makes a difference in our work in supporting injured service men and women.”

Ride 2 Recovery has planned seven multi-day, long-distance cycling challenges throughout the year. They will be held in Texas, Virginia, France, Minnesota, California, Florida, and – in remembrance of 9/11 – from New York to Washington, D.C. In addition, there are more than 40 one-day CycleFests that raise awareness and funds to support injured troops participating in the long-distance challenges.

For more information about Ride 2 Recovery, visit the Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=101197256602039. To sign up for an upcoming challenge, visit www.ride2recovery.com.

About R2R
Ride 2 Recovery improves the health and wellness of injured veterans through cycling. Cycling is an important part of the recovery process because it is an activity that almost all patients with mental and physical disabilities can participate, and it helps to speed up the rehabilitation process.

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare (www.unitedhealthcare.com) provides a full spectrum of consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services to individuals, public sector employers and businesses of all sizes, including more than half of the Fortune 100 companies. The company organizes access to quality, affordable health care services on behalf of approximately 25 million individual consumers, contracting directly with more than 650,000 physicians and care professionals and 5,000 hospitals to offer them broad, convenient access to services nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. 

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