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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.  

“It'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,” 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 – including Joe - his family following closely behind.

Today's ride raised thousands of dollars and will get the Wilkinson’s well on their way to a new home. 

 â€œThey've cleared the land, the next is the foundation and hopefully we will be in by Christmas,” said Joe’s wife, Lucretia.

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