VA Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona

March 31st, 2012

3-31-12I love visiting Veterans Hospitals. Everyone from Veterans to caregivers to administrators love to see The Kindness Bicycle Ride for Heroes pull onto their campus.
Today, I visited the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix. Russ who served in the Army for five years during WWII beginning in Italy in 1941, couldn’t wait to tell me his story. He now lives at this facility getting up to the minute care when needed.
Michael and Gabriel, Army Rangers during Desert Storm thanked me several times during our conversation. They are the ones who should be thanked I said. Michelle, an administrator at the center is going to spread word throughout the hospital.
On my way back to Scottsdale, I stopped at Fire Station 61 in Phoenix. These Firefighters made sure I was stocked up on fresh fruit and water to keep hydrated on my ride. They had some great stories to share about their years on the force.
I almost forgot to mention, Arcadia High School was a stop I made yesterday to deliver an information packet on One Million Acts Of Kindness.
I lost track of time with all the great conversations I had today, causing me to spend about a half hour riding in the mid day sun. Tomorrow I will take it easy in the sun in preparation for my all day honor ride on Sunday.

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