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Photo by Dale Shrull

Freddie De Los Santos pedals his hand-cycle Saturday as Tom Davis drafts behind. The two are military veterans who were injured while on duty. They won their categories at the USA Cycling 
Para-Cycling Nationals.

WHEELS KEEP ON TURNING

Cycling helped veteran through depression

Depression and anger.
That can be the ruthless, cruel result of an improvised explosive device.
Tom Davis was smiling on Saturday. A satisfied smile tinged with tremendous fatigue.
He glances at his hand-cycle as he talks about that IED that blew apart his life back in 2006.
“I was always an athlete, I grew up running track and cross country, all the way through college,” he said. “I always had an active lifestyle and that’s one of the reasons I joined the Army.”
He knows he’s lucky to be alive after the explosion. The result of that device placed on the side of a road in Iraq is numbing to think about: Left leg amputated above the knee, fractured right knee, back broken, both arms broken, fractured the back of his skull, massive loss of blood and a brain injury.


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