Cross-country bike ride stops in Manchester

Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Jeremy Staat and Wesley Barrientos’ 4,263 mile bicycle ride to raise awareness for a handful of issues took a short break in Manchester Wednesday.

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Staff photo by Josh Peterson - Pictured from left are Manchester Commissioner of Safety Ross Simmons, Manchester Mayor Betty Superstein, Jeremy Staat, Wesley Barrientos and Coffee County Mayor David Pennington. Staat and Barrientos spoke with local veterans and officials and posed for pictures Wednesday afternoon on their way through town.

Staat spoke briefly promoting his Wall to Wall Cross Country Bicycle Ride in front of the Coffee County Courthouse to a gathering of mostly military veterans and community leaders.

“We are riding to raise awareness to several things,” said Staat, a former NFL player and U.S. Marine.

Staat focused mainly on military issues – hitting on veteran suicide, the Veterans Affairs system and improved operation of the GI Bill. He also emphasized childhood obesity as a potential national security threat.

“Eighty percent of youth are unfit for military service,” Staat claimed to the crowd gathered around him. “That’s becoming a threat to our national security.”

Pick up this week’s (May 2) print edition of the Manchester Times to read the complete story.

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