Tracy R. Sefcik and Martin J. Conlon are the founders of Cross Country Cycle for Vets. This heady cycling adventure across the lower part of the U.S. is designed to raise money for veterans. All donations will go to the Gary Sinise Foundation which creates and supports programs that entertain, inspire, and strengthen military and veteran communities. Tracy is a U.S. Navy veteran, and she tells us a little about herself, and the story behind Cross Country Cycle for Vets.
Although I’m no longer in uniform, I still want to express my support for my fellow veterans and 1st Responders. I feel that once you have served in uniform, you are always in uniform. You take that oath for life. I would do it all over again if I had too with no hesitation.
I grew up in New Lenox, IL, and after school I joined the U.S. Navy, and served for 4 years. After bootcamp in Orlando, FL my first duty station was Yokosuka, Japan aboard the USS Kittanning. I also served at Coronado, CA, working with the Navy Seal Team. I was then a Navy spouse for 15 years.
I also come from a very long line of military veterans. Just to mention a few, a 4th great-grandfather in the Revolutionary War, a 2nd great-grandfather in the Civil War, an uncle shot down over France during WWII who later became missing in action during the Korean War (7 Nov 1950), and my father being in the Navy on the USS Courtney.
Now for my next chapter in my life, I will be cycling across the United States with Martin. We started biking a few years ago in which we will be making this journey together and will face many challenges while riding across from San Diego CA, to St Augustine, FL. Mostly that big mountain range getting out of CA
On March 2nd, 2018, Martin and I will begin our Cross Country Cycle 4 Vets journey. The trip will take us over 3142 of our great country, from San Diego, CA to St Augustine, FL. All money raised goes to support my fellow veterans and 1st Responders through the Gary Sinise Foundation. We will be starting our journey from the flight deck of the U.S.S. Midway. This ship has special memories of my Navy days in Yokosuka, Japan. A big “thank you” to the Navy for letting us start our journey aboard the Midway, since my Navy journey started waking up next to you in Japan when I was stationed on the USS Kittanning. We will then be guided through the streets of San Diego by the Memorial Truck driven by Dane Kaimuloa, to Ocean Beach Park to dip our tires in the Pacific Ocean, then off we go on the start of our journey to Florida. As we arrive in St Augustine, we will be guided in by the AmVets Freedom Riders to end our journey by dipping our tires in the Atlantic at St Augustine Beach on May 6th.
Both Martin and I felt we needed to do something to support our veterans. We wanted to find any way to help them with the challenges that some undoubtedly face today. This is our way of shining a light, and letting them know that they are appreciated for all they do for us… for their sacrifices and unwavering commitment to our Nation.
We would like to thank all our sponsors, endorsements, and everyone that has donated to Cross Country Cycle 4 Vets in support of the Gary Sinise Foundation. Let’s keep those donations coming so we can exceed our goal of $50,000.
Donations can be made on our website: http://www.crosscountrycycle4vets.com/
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