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US Disabled Vets hand cycling team compete in the Scenic City

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As the hand cyclist take off from the starting line they are set for a grueling race.

Several members of the US Disabled Vets team hit the pavement for the U.S. championships on a day they say has more meaning to them.

Jody Shiflett says, "It is important for us to be here this weekend because it is Memorial weekend, and it is more dear to our hearts."

Before the big race are plenty of maintenance checks.

Craig Cornwall says he wasn't going to let an injury while on duty stop him from living his life for himself and his family.

"Life is what happens when you have other plans, and you just have to adapt and keep driving forward."

Alfredo Delsantos lost his legs in the war, but never lost his courage. He says the last three years have been a test, but also an inspiration.

"This is what I do now. It is amazing that three years ago I was going through the worst time of my life, and now look at what I am today. I'm am looking forward to a good race this weekend."

Helman Roman knew when he was hurt by an IED explosion his life would change. He says hand cycling has been his therapy and hopefully encouraged injured vets to overcome any obstacle.

"Life goes on, that is the first thing. You have to know that no one stops just for you. You have to get up in the morning and think about what you can do, not what you can't do."

Delsantos placed second overall.

The groups next race is in Rome, Georgia.

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