LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A military veteran couple in Las Vegas is using trikes to help other veterans deal with mental health issues and depression.
Peter Guidry discovered his love for trikes after a trip to California where he got to ride one for the first time.
“I could hear him smiling through the phone," said Kelly Guidry, Peter's wife.
"I said, 'are you smiling,'" she recalled, "and he was like, 'it's just so much fun I can’t even explain it.'”
It was a feeling they wanted more veterans to have, so they created the nonprofit Forgotten Not Gone.
“I had no idea how profound it can be,” Kelly said. “I knew it could change their life but I didn’t know it could save their life.”
Now veterans from all over Southern Nevada link up for a daily dose of the open road and friendship.
The veterans who ride with the group all agree that creating camaraderie outside of the service is the first step toward a better life both mentally and physically.
“It feels like I’m serving again, but I no longer have to be violent to do so,” Peter said.
“I can walk around with a smile," he said, "and it just feels good to have this resource to be able to overcome that depression.”
If you want to help with trike repairs, or want information on joining or donating to the group, visit forgottennotgone.org.
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