Sponsor replaces custom bikes stolen from wounded veterans

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SAN DIEGO -- A healthcare business replaced 16 custom bicycles that were stolen last month from a wounded veteran's organization in a ceremontyh on the USS Midway Tuesday morning.

United Healthcare presented Ride 2 Recovery with a new fleet of bikes to replace the 16 that were stolen at the end of March. They will be used by Ride 2 Recovery's Project HERO program. Earlier this month, United Healthcare donated $50,000 to the non-profit veterans organization.

United Healthcare has served as Ride 2 Recovery's title sponsor for six years, providing financial, in-kind and volunteer support to help injured veterans.

Ride 2 Recovery's Project HERO (Health Exercise Rehabilitation Opportunity) programs are based at local Veterans' Affairs and military installations. They  provide injured veterans with year-round cycling training.  There are 70 Project HERO programs across the country.

The inaugural ride on the new bikes started at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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