Face of America | Team Operation Comfort
This April, we all Ride the Same Road
Air Force Trauma Nurse Tammy Heniser saw three deployments in emergency services to Balad, Iraq during the Iraq War. Following her return, she lived with Post-Traumatic Stress from her experiences. Her husband, a retired Navy physical therapist, worked with San Antonio, Texas’ non-profit Operation Comfort, bringing patients to events. He encouraged Heniser to join the organization’s ongoing sporting activities and begin her own recovery. “Sports became a life saver, especially biking,” said Heniser. “I now use biking for stress relief, being able to meet other military members who have been through similar situations, and as a form of pleasure.”
Riding Face of America with Team Operation Comfort, she was inspired by the history of Valley Forge and particularly Gettysburg. “I enjoyed learning more about the Civil War and actually seeing where it took place.”
National non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ two-day Face of America bicycle and hand cycle ride to historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania may be one of the most inspiring sporting events you’ll ever experience.
Face of America started as a cross-country ride in 2000 with two inclusive teams of athletes from both coasts meeting under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2002 and 2003, Face of America was redirected to serve as the official commemorative ride from New York’s Ground Zero to the Pentagon, honoring and remembering the victims of the September 11 attacks. In these two years, more than 2,000 athletes from across the country completed this three-day journey. In 2006, Face of America was rededicated to honor the sacrifices and dedication of America’s military veterans who have been injured or killed in service, and to honor first responders who serve daily to protect Americans. A new route, to historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was developed to remember the exceptional sacrifices Americans have made throughout our history in protecting our nation.