It all began in the Spring of 2009 when 26 year-old Joe Wasson received word that he was being called up from the Inactive Ready Reserve to serve our country in Iraq. A group of friends decided that he needed to be sent off with a fun-filled bicycle ride to some favorite watering-holes. The day was affectionately named Le Tour de Fort, complete with branded t-shirts for the 30 bike riders.
One year later, Joe returned home from Iraq. In celebration of his return and to pay tribute to his fellow soldiers, in the spring of 2010, around 75 friends and family rode to raise money and awareness for The Fisher House. The group raised $1,000.
Such a great time was had that it was decided to make Le Tour de Fort (LTdF) an annual event. Joe secured a registered LLC to raise awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
The following two years LTdF dedicated their ride and fundraising efforts to The Wounded Warrior. In 2011, there were 180 cyclists who raised $2,500. In 2012, there were 400 cyclists who raised $6,000 for The Wounded Warrior Project.
In 2013 LTdF opted to support K9s for Warriors. The participation reached an all-time high of nearly 700 cyclists. The group raised $10,000. These dollars were used to sponsor Rider, a rescued golden retriever, who was paired with an American Veteran affected by PTSD. Rider and his veteran owner were featured in a Headline News story about K9s for Warriors on Veteran’s Day 2013.
LTdF will once again be supporting K9s For Warriors in 2015
I'm Hoosier, the service dog that Le Tour de Fort sponsored in 2014