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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The Wounded Warrior Project Soldier ride kicked off from Ocean Drive Thursday, with dozens of veterans cycling towards rehabilitation.

The three day event is all about physical and mental rehab for veterans as they return home and re-adjust to civilian life.

“It feels absolutely wonderful to be with these fellow warriors,” said Heather Carter, a veteran who lost her left leg while serving in the Air Force. “It’s a humbling experience.”

The event started with a ride from South Beach to Marlins Park and will eventually end in the Florida Keys. Dozens of wounded vets from across the country shared stories and motivated one another to overcome their challenges.

“They need a shoulder to cry on, need someone to slap them in the face to get them going, they need help that way, whatever they need I’m here for them and visa versa,” said US Marine Corps veteran Brandon Dodson, who lost both of his legs in August when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan.

The camaraderie gives our heroes a chance to heal from both physical and mental injuries.

“You see the physical injuries but what you don’t see is the brain injuries and post traumatic stress,” said Dan Schnock with the Wounded Warrior Project. “So when we get them together like this it gives them a chance to really socialize and be back sort of in a unit.”

The Wounded Warrior Project hosts rides all across the country throughout the year. This is their 10th year doing the ride in South Florida.

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