..."More than anything, we just want people to know that their troops are coming back and they need your support, whether you support the war or not," Calhoun said as he and a band of fellow Iraq veterans arrived in Annapolis Monday.
The former soldiers are raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a private organization that provides services to help those who were seriously wounded in the war.
"Money is desperately needed," Calhoun said, adding that the group helped him "when just getting out of bed seemed impossible."
Calhoun, 24, is one of three people -- along with Ryan Kelly and Chris Carney -- who have made the entire Soldier Ride National Tour, which began May 21 in Marina Del Ray, California, and is scheduled to end July 19 in Montauk, New York. Other veterans have joined for one or more stages along the way.
Carney, who helped to organize the trip, is not a military veteran, but Kelly lost a leg after a roadside bomb exploded south of Baghdad three years ago. He said the Wounded Warrior Project was also there to help him.
The organization provides backpacks containing items like underwear, telephone cards and CD players for soldiers who may arrive at hospitals in the United States with nothing but the clothes they're wearing, said John Melia, a former Marine who was injured in a helicopter crash in Somalia and helped found the group in 2003...
If you would like to help our wounded heroes, you can click on the Wounded Warrior Project or Soldiers' Angels links or you can donate at the Soldier Ride site.