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Injured and disabled veterans start four-day bicycle trip today in southeast Wisconsin

Injured and disabled veterans are kicking off a four-day bicycle trip today at Waterloo in Jefferson County.

The Wounded Warriors' Cycle Ride will make stops in Milwaukee and Kenosha before wrapping up in Chicago on Sunday.

The event has taken place since 2004. Organizers say it promotes public awareness of disabled veterans.

The ride is designed to challenge them, and help them heal their physical and mental wounds of war.

The riders use specially-designed bikes from the Trek Bicycle Corporation of Waterloo.

Retired Army soldier Joe Gross lost his lower right leg in a car bomb attack in Iraq four years ago and he says the Wounded Warrior program changed his life at a time when he really needed the support.