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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A nationwide effort dedicated to helping military men and women recover from war injuries came to Charlotte.

The Wounded Warrior Project gives veterans a way to feel connected again and Thursday the group geared up for a long journey that starts on a bike.

Veteran David Dunbar from North Carolina will join about fifty other vets for the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride. The two day, 42 mile ride begins in Huntersville. Amanda Becker spent the past two years putting on the events across the country and says it bridges the gap for many vets.

"They leave and they're crying from joy, they are happy, they are going back to their families a new person, they've made friends, they realize they're not alone," said Becker.

Dunbar says he's excited to be around his service family.

"Really it's the comradery it's the biggest thing I miss from the service," said Dunbar.

In 13 years with the Army he served in Germany, Bosnia and Iraq. On his last mission his vehicle hit a mine, and Dunbar suffered injuries to his knees back and head when he was thrown through the vehicle. Dunbar said he learned to rely on his fellow soldiers.

"I trust that guy with my life. I haven't known them but a couple of months, but we have that kind of loyalty and comradery with each other," said Dunbar.

Dunbar says he's focused and excited to share the journey with his family.

"I've done much longer walking, so mentally preparing for it was just a matter of saying its only 17 miles. I can do that easy on a bike. If I can do it on foot, I definitely can do it on a bicycle," said Dunbar.

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