USAA Member Riding Bike Coast to Coast to Support Wounded Warrior Project

Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel to take on Epic Challenge


Imagine traveling through such beautiful areas as the Southern California coast ...  the red rock town of Sedona, Arizona... roll up and over the Continental Divide...  cross the Oklahoma panhandle...  and the rural countryside of New England.   Now imagine doing this on a bicycle!


For Philip Schoenig, a 51 year old Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel of North Grafton, MA.,  this image  is  about  to  become  a reality. Schoenig will be one of up to 15 cyclists participating in the America by Bicycle Fast America Ride. 


The Fast America Ride will cycle through some of the most beautiful and scenic areas in America averaging 110+ miles per day and cycle through 14 states. From the natural beauty of the southern Sierras and Rockies to spectacular river crossings like the Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi, each day is a unique adventure in itself. Schoenig will dip his wheel in the Pacific Ocean in Costa Mesa, California on April 21st  and start his  33 day journey and over 3,450+ miles to finish and dip his wheel in the Atlantic Ocean in Amesbury, Massachusetts on May 23rd.


"This has been a goal of mine for many years," says Schoenig, “and with it a wonderful opportunity to help raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).”  The Wounded Warrior Project serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families.


Schoenig is funding the ride himself so that 100% of the funds raised will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. "I chose to ride for the Wounded Warrior Project because I was fortunate enough to have a healthy and rewarding military career.  Some of my brothers and sisters in arms were not as fortunate and together we can all help make a difference for them and their families on in their road to recovery”.


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You can follow Schoenig’s journey on his Blog at  


Please note that LTC (Ret.) Schoenig is participating in Bicycle Fast America Ride in his personal capacity.  His participation is not an endorsement of any particular organization, its services or products by the Department of Defense, United States Army or the Defense Contract Management Agency.


Thank you so much for sharing your story! You're such an inspiration. We'll keep an eye on your journey and wish you the best of luck.