Thousands turn out to help disabled veteran
Updated: Wednesday, March 20 2013, 12:55 PM EDT
A man, who served the U.S. with four tours of duty, gets help from people who appreciate what he's going through - struggling with Gulf War syndrome.
Thousands gathered today to lend a hand to retired air force tech sergeant Joe Wilkinson.
The bikes rode in and lined up, one by one, creating a sea of support for Sgt. Wilkinson. The veteran and father of three lost the use of his legs and the community is trying to build him a new smart home, to make life a little easier.
âIt's unbelievable, I don't have any words for it but they gotta know how thankful we are, it's an amazing, beautiful day, I wouldn't choose anyone else to celebrate September 11 and everybody's lives we've lost since,â said Wilkinson.
Every single person who rode today paid a fee to do so, and every dollar collected will go to Joe and his family.
Thousands of people took the ride around Rensselaer County â including Joe - his family following closely behind.
Today's ride raised thousands of dollars and will get the Wilkinsonâs well on their way to a new home.
âThey've cleared the land, the next is the foundation and hopefully we will be in by Christmas,â said Joeâs wife, Lucretia.
If you'd like to make a donation, you can go to home4joe.com.