83-year-old Lew Meyer from Washington State has been a regular Face of America Gettysburg participant. Holding multiple records in cross-country bicycling, Lew reports he rode to Gettysburg on his tandem bike “for those that didn’t come back.” On the back of his bike were strapped the boots from Corporal Jim “Seamus” Garrahy, a Gettysburg Marine Corps veteran who enthusiastically supported and hosted Face of America at his farm until his 2012 passing. Though Seamus may be gone, his spirit lives on in the comradery and support of the inclusive cycling challenge. Watch a Face of America Minute with Lew Meyer.
Michael Fuentespina lives each day with hearing loss, tinnitus and Post Traumatic Stress. An active-duty member of the Canadian Armed Forces who has served in Bosnia, Afghanistan, and across the world, Michael believes his experience and knowledge can help other adaptive veterans who are struggling with their life expectations and goals. A member of World T.E.A.M.’s 2014 CanAm Veterans Challenge bicycle ride from Ottawa to Washington D.C., the Ontario cyclist recognizes the power that sports has in empowering veterans to overcome challenges in their lives.