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Video: Warrior Care Month Video 5: Wounded, injured and ill Soldiers pedal 164 miles

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Cycling has certainly become one of the most popular Adaptive Reconditioning Program activities in the Fort Campbell Warrior Transition Battalion. Some Soldiers, like Staff Sgt. John Quarles, went from not riding at all to riding more than 300 miles in major cycling events. Also available in high definition

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This work, Warrior Care Month Video 5: Wounded, injured and ill Soldiers pedal 164 miles, by Fred Holly, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:09.25.2013

Date Posted:11.13.2013 2:52PM


Video ID:307790





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