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Wounded Warrior Project bike ride helps soldiers heal

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PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -

It's a bike ride that does much more than give everyone a work out. We're talking about the Wounded Warrior Project. It helps to restore both physical and mental well-being to soldiers.

Every year U-Haul and the Wounded Warrior Project team up for the annual soldier ride.

The soldiers tell me this 23-mile ride is all about coming together to celebrate how far they've come after being injured fighting overseas.

In a sea of bikers -- as part of the annual wounded warrior soldier ride -- there is a special story.

"My brother was everything to me, he was my idol, I looked up to him a lot he taught me everything I knew," says Deven Schei.

The bond between these two brothers is strong.

"He was shot in the head by a sniper with a 762 round right above his right ear, it came out his left and shattered his whole skull."

As part of the wounded warrior soldier ride, Deven Schei has been pulling his paraplegic brother every year.

"After he was injured we haven't been able to do anything together at all."

The Wounded Warrior Project, which helps rehabilitate and integrate wounded soldiers back into society, teamed up with U-Haul to create the bike for the brothers. Deven himself was also wounded in action -- almost losing his leg.

"I was hit with four 80mm rockets, came straight into my truck and pretty much destroyed my whole left side."

More than 45 wounded soldiers rode in the 23-mile trek through Paradise Valley.

Each of them with their own struggles and obstacles in life -- but for one bike ride -- they're together as one.

"To see the progress and to see my brothers and sisters do amazing work again is fulfilling to me and makes me feel good and is pretty much part of my recovery as well."

Those who participated in Friday's ride were from across the country, and all the bikes, trikes and adaptive hand cycles were donated for the warriors' use.

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