TEMPLE, TEXAS (Dec. 19, 2023) – Looking for options to further strengthen physical and mental obstacles, U.S. Marine/Army veteran Carlos Espinosa reached out to Hope For The Warriors (HOPE) for assistance.
Recently, the national nonprofit granted support through its Warrior’s Wish program with three e-bikes to further his health goals alongside his wife and young son.
As one of the organization’s first established programs, the Warrior’s Wish program fulfills a desire for a better quality-of-life beyond recovery or supports a quest for life-gratifying endeavors for those who have sustained severe physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.
In addition to personally benefiting the Texas-based veteran, his goal was to include his whole family with their $4,784 Warrior’s Wish to support more outings together.
“Cycling was my physical therapy for my injuries and it’s started getting me in shape again,” said Espinosa. “Cycling is the best activity if you have any injuries. It’s low impact and building your stamina, the more you ride, the happier you get.
“What better way to get my family out there to have a good time all together. We like to ride in the parks/trails and have already put 45 miles on our bikes together.”
Originally from Colombia, Espinosa immigrated with his family to Atlantic City, New Jersey when he was a teenager. New to the U.S. and the English language, he found comfort and a calling in his high school Navy ROTC class. He enlisted in the Marines when he was 17 and spent many years deployed across the world in places such as Japan, South America, Thailand, Australia, Korea and more.
After seven years in the Marines, he enlisted in the Army and served four more years with a deployment to Iraq.
Today, Espinosa is working on a welding degree from Central Texas College. He credits his new bike for assisting with combating PTSD symptoms.
“What I like the most is how happy we all get … we get the giggles …it’s different … when you’re outside riding the bike it’s more giggles and happiness. You see more than just the road, you see the trees, you see a little bug, see your family’s smiles.
“I wanted to thank HOPE, I feel blessed in so many ways. You’re not just taking care of the veteran, you are rewarding my wife and son and this is a true blessing.”
“Supporting the entire military family is always a goal of ours at HOPE,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and CEO of Hope For The Warriors. “Many Warrior’s Wish recipients have credited their wishes to helping re-connect with their spouses and children and those are memories that will be with all of them for a lifetime.”
Since 2006, Hope For The Warriors has provided over $2.5 million in grants through its Warrior’s Wish program, assisting with 271 wishes.
Hope For The Warriors
About Hope For The Warriors: Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a foundation of stability, strength and community for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served over 159,000 through a variety of support programs focused on providing financial, career and educational stability; physical and emotional strength; and social support that builds community. One of the nonprofit’s first programs, Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships, has awarded 232 scholarships to caregivers and families of the fallen. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook, X, Instagram or LinkedIn.