When a plane flew into the Pentagon on 9/11, Allen Daniels’ unit was one of the first responders to do search and rescue operations. He turned to cycling as a way to cope with his PTSD and says hoping on his bike is “a form of mindfulness and being present” that helps him process thoughts and memories of the tragedy.
In 2019, Daniels decided to do a 184-mile bike ride on September 11th to honor the 184 people who died at the Pentagon. This year, he pushed it up to 200 miles and finished the day with skydiving. And he’s raising awareness for the Windy Warrior Adrenaline Therapy program with his rides.
“There isn’t a therapy currently that cures you. You just get better at dealing with it, you get better at noticing the signs, and at some point, you’ve got to ask for help," Daniels explains. “It’s okay to not be okay, but you’ve got to keep on keeping on.”
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