Army Staff Sgt. Barry Homberg’s journey over the past five years has taken him from his mission in the town of Ramadi, Iraq, to Trier, Germany, where he is participating in a rehabilitative cycling event for wounded warriors.
The wounds that ended his mission were really the start to finding his “new normal” — Homberg spent 22 months at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., before going to the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) in Europe.
Homberg said of the Europe Regional Medical Command’s WTB, "This opportunity is a building block to get me back on track to living a normal life — a building block that will be with me for the rest of my life.” In his path to recovery, he has joined the Soldier Ride program, an initiative of the Wounded Warrior Project, designed to help the newest generation of wounded warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being.
The Soldier Ride program, according to its director, Dan Schnock, is meant to serve as a catalyst to empower wounded servicemembers. Participants use specially designed bicycles as they work to rebuild their confidence and physical strength, all the while surrounded by a support system of other injured servicemembers and Soldier Ride volunteers.
In his path to recovery, Homberg also has plans to give back. He has become part of the Continuation on Active Duty Program, where he now serves as WTB cadre, helping other wounded servicemembers. "The process of recovery can be difficult, and I want to be there to help them get through it," said Homberg."It is important that they have someone who knows what it is like and can help them every step of the way. I am making sure that these soldiers are not forgotten."
Read the full story, “Empowering wounded warriors to establish 'new normal'” Staff Sgt. Brooks Fletcher, for Soldiers magazine, and learn about other servicemembers who were helped by the Soldier Ride program.
Charles M. Belluomo, for Soldiers magazine - Bilateral amputee and retired Army Staff Sgt. Dan Nevins, director of Warriors Speak, along with amputee and retired Marine Staff Sgt. Mason Poe, lead a group of participants across the finish line of the 18-mile ride around Lake Bostalsee during the Sept. 11 Community Soldier Ride held in Germany. About 400 participants gathered on the final day of the three-day Soldier Ride to support the wounded warriors and remember the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.