When two servicemembers attached to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command community wanted to give back to an organization that helps support USASOC members and their Families, they knew Task Force Dagger Foundation was the organization.
Zach Garner, a former Green Beret Soldier who served in the 7th Special Forces Group, and Adam Smith, a former Green Beret who served in the 19th and 20th Special Forces groups, teamed up to ride bicycles cross country, from Seattle, Washington to Destin, Florida, stopping to visit Special Forces Soldiers at bases along the route. The two are known as the Green Beret Adventure Team and their mission, called “Ride to Valhalla,” raises funds and awareness for TFD.
Previously, TFD had helped provide Garner with temporary housing as he transitioned out of the military.
Nearly two and a half months after their departure from Washington on Aug. 1, the two arrived at the Carolina Ale House in Fayetteville, Oct. 14. According to the Green Beret Adventure Team Facebook page, Garner and Smith were supported by members of the Cross Creek Cycling Club, the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and by the Fayetteville Police Department.
“If I can take my struggles and share my lessons learned with others and provide resources to make their transition successful, then I have completed my goal of once again being a part of something bigger than myself,” writes Garner on the TFD website.
“We hope this ride will make an impact in the lives of many of our brothers and their Families, because we know it will make an impact in ours,” writes Smith.
The team should arrive in Destin, Wednesday.
Donations to the Green Beret Adventure Team may be made at crowdrise.com/RidetoValhalla/fundraiser/GBAT.
For more information about Task Force Dagger Foundation, visit www.taskforcedagger.org/index.htm.