Bike Ride Benefits 'Homes For Our Troops'

There are many military men and women who are severely injured, and they cannot live in their own homes because it's not accessible.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Dozens of motorcyclists took part in the annual ride to benefit Homes for Our Troops on Sunday.

Bikers gathered at the Texas Roadhouse on Two Notch Road and rode to the Harley Haven in Irmo.

The ride helps raise money to build homes for permanently injured military veterans. Army Sgt. Retired Robert Barber was a recipient of a home back in February.

"It gives you your freedom back," said Barber.

Barber's life changed on June 20, 2012 while he was deployed in Afghanistan.

"It was our job to maintain security for the town. The Taliban would come in from the mountains and try to attack us and what not. I was hit by a suicide bomber and we lost three guys," said Barber.

Five men, including Barber, were severely injured.

"I actually had a heart massage because I bled totally out," he said.

Barber's right leg was amputated and he lost complete use of his left leg. In 2014, Barber applied for a home with Home for Our Troops, and he was able to move in to his new accessible home in February 2017.

"I just can't think of a better cause. Bikers that think it's important to support our military and the soldiers that have sacrificed for their country. This was their way to show their support and give back," said Steve Goulet, an American Legion Chapter 193 member.

There are 11 rides nationwide, including one right here in Columbia.

Over the last 13 years, more than $1 million was raised for Homes for Our Troops.

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