McNaughton was a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant who lost his leg when a land mine exploded during his tour of duty in Afghanistan. He currently works for the VA in Louisiana. He remains active through running and cycling and provides mentoring services to vets across the country.
In spring 2004, he took the president up on his offer and ran a mile with him. "I want you to know," Bush said afterward, "just how proud I am of you." McNaughton was floored. The commander in chief is proud of me? Me? McNaughton then trained for a marathon. It wasn't easy. He fell. He got hurt. On Jan. 9, 2005 -- two years to the day he lost his leg -- he ran the Walt Disney World Half Marathon. In March 2005, he ran the 26.2-mile Bataan Memorial Death March Marathon event in New Mexico. McNaughton says, "We're changing a lot of perceptions these days."
Major Jason Bryan
Major Bryan deployed to Iraq from Ft. Campbell, Kentucky in June 2006 as a member of the 101st Airborne Division. To combat the stress and mental toll of daily life in Iraq, Major Bryan would ride the 18.5 km perimeter of the base—often multiple times— every day. During those solitary moments, he began to realize that his bicycle was more than a physical vehicle…
“My bike rides provided the emotional release necessary to help me cope with the stresses of living in a hostile environment and separation from my family. Cycling sustained my sanity during a very difficult period of my life. During my 12-month deployment, I rode more than 4500 miles.
I was fortunate enough to share some of my cycling experiences by writing a journal for VeloNews.com. As a result, I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people affiliated with the cycling world. I have found that cyclists at all levels are pretty much the same… except most are a heck of a lot faster than I am.
Now, I am thrilled to continue my cycling experience by helping with the Road 2 Recovery program. I believe sharing the benefits of cycling is vital to the recovery of our wounded warriors—the true heroes.”
Read Major Bryan's Journal:
23 years with Shimano. Vice President & Road Product Specialist.
72 / 76 / 80 Olympic Teams
75 / 79 Pan Am Games. 79 Gold Medal (100 KM TTT)
US Bicycle Hall of Fame: 1999 inductee
11 times US National Champion. [5 Elite / 6 Masters.]
USCF Board of Directors: 1979 - 1983
USCF Board of Trustees: 2005 - present.
USAC Board of Directors: 2006 - Present.
Actor and star of the NBC Show Chuck. Movie credits include "Full Metal Jacket".
Participated in recent Texas Challenge
Adam is from the Chicago area
When not riding his bike, Adam is an avid golfer.
Mike has been named the 2008 National Chairperson for the VA's Salute to Hospitalized Veterans program. The annual program is to raise awareness for veterans and VA medical centers. He will lead the program inviting the public to visit and honor hospitalized veterans during 2008. Vogel will represent over 100,000 volunteers serving veterans at VA medical facilities across the country.
Mike has appeared in over 13 movies including the JJ Abrams blockbuster Cloverfield, Poseidon, Rumor Has It, and Grind. He has lost a cousin in Iraq and feels strongly that more needs to be done to help the returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Both of Mike Vogel’s grandfathers served in World War II – one as a tank commander who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and the other as a Seabee in the Navy.
The founder of the Fitness Challenge Foundation. John attended OCS with the Marine Corp and was an avid high school and college athlete, earning a scholarship to play football at Cal State Northridge. Upon graduating at 260+ lbs., he decided he needed to make some changes to his lifestyle. In less than a year, John was down to 220 lbs.by increasing his physical activity and to 185 lbs. in 16 months. This led to a career as a professional cyclist including participation in 3 US Olympic Trials and a Bronze medal in the 1989 US National Championships