New program helps homeless Veterans get bicycles, connect with other Veterans

Reno, Nevada (March 8, 2017) – The City of Reno’s Project HERO Veterans, Kiwanis Bikes and the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System are teaming up to help local homeless and transitioning Veterans with a new program called Veterans Helping Veterans for Bikes.

On Thursday, March 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Kiwanis Bikes, local homeless and transitioning Veterans will have the opportunity to pick out a bicycle. Then, they’ll be paired up with a local Veteran from Reno’s Project HERO Veterans cycling program. Together, they’ll work to fix up the bike. At the end of the evening, the Veteran will get to keep the bike and be provided with the riding essentials such as a helmet, light and lock.

“Our hope is that this will become another way to connect with our local Veterans in need,” said City of Reno Therapeutic Recreation Specialist April Wolfe. “Not only will Veterans walk away with a bike to help them get around, they’ll also connect with other local Veterans and begin to form a larger support system within our community.”

Organizers hope to hold events like this throughout the year to help homeless and transitioning Veterans.

Learn more about Project HERO and other City of Reno Veteran Programs at Reno.gov. More information is also available on the Paralympic Sport Reno page on Facebook.
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About the City of Reno

The City of Reno government’s mission is dedicated to creating a community that people are proud to call home. In order to achieve that purpose, the Reno City Council has established five key priorities: Thriving Downtown and University District, Vibrant Neighborhoods and Public Places, Well-Managed Growth, Strong Financial Condition, and Efficient and Dependable Business Environment. To learn more about the City of Reno, visit Reno.gov or call 775-334-INFO (4636).

About Kiwanis Bikes

Kiwanis Bikes is a service committee of the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Sparks. Volunteers at the non-profit Kiwanis Bike Program teach bike safety and repair, and donate the majority of bikes they refurbish to youth organizations and schools in Northern Nevada. For more information, visit KiwanisBikes.org.

About the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System

VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System (VASNHCS) provides inpatient and outpatient care to a large geographical area that includes 20 counties in northern Nevada and northeastern California. The Reno campus is the site of the Loannis A. Lougaris VA Medical Center, which operates 64 hospital beds and 60 Community Living Center (CLC) beds. VASNHCS also manages community based outpatient clinics in Auburn and Susanville, CA, and Carson Valley, Lahontan Valley, Fallon, and Winnemucca, NV. For more information, please visit Reno.va.gov or contact their Public Affairs Office at 775-789-6628.

About Project HERO

Founded in 2008, Project Hero is a groundbreaking national non-profit organization dedicated to helping Veterans and First Responders affected by PTSD, TBI and injury achieve rehabilitation, recovery and resilience in their daily lives and increasing awareness to combat the national mental health emergency posed by PTSD and TBI.

Project HERO provides expertise, training, events and site-location support to promote recovery and rehabilitation. Expert staff customize to suit individuals’ needs, making it possible for almost everyone to participate in the program

Project HERO participant results:
· 55% of Project HERO participants who take prescription drugs have reduced or eliminated them
· Increased ability to perform normal day-to-day activities
· Speedier recovery from injuries or conditions
· Improved general health and fitness
· Reduced pain and improved sleep

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