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Injured Veterans Arrive In D.C. After 800-Mile Bike Ride

The American and Canadian veterans preparing for the Independence Day parade in downtown D.C.
CanAm Veterans' Challenge
The American and Canadian veterans preparing for the Independence Day parade in downtown D.C.

A group of injured military veterans arrived in D.C. today by bicycle, just in time to ride in the Independence Day parade.

It was the last leg of the CanAm Veterans' Challenge, an almost 800-mile ride aimed at highlighting Canadian and American veterans injuring during service to their countries.

Marina Libro, of Lanexa, Virginia, rides a low-slung three wheeler. "It's a full suspension model for my migraines," she says.

After 22 years in the Army, she has a laundry list of injuries — from traumatic brain injury to post-traumatic stress disorder. That didn't stop her from pedaling from Canada's capital, Ottawa, to the U.S. Capitol. She's the only woman among the 16 veterans on the ride.

"That's what's pushed me forward too, is knowing that what I'm doing is motivating other people to get out, get out of their dark corners and come out into the world," she says.

Libro is already planning her next ride — 450 miles from Boston to Philadelphia.

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