Kiersten Downs, a University of South Florida student veteran, was asked to dedicate part of her journey across the U.S. to another student veteran, Maribel Ramos.
Ramos was a Cal State student veteran recently murdered just before graduating. Kiersten pays tribute to her fellow student veteran in the video below.
Although the two never met, Kiersten says. “We all stand together.”
“It’s really hard when these things happen because as veterans we’ve all seen and lived through a lot of violence ourselves,” Kiersten said. “And when it happens on our own soil to a fellow Vet, it’s really hard to understand.”
You can check out Kiersten’s daily progress on her Bike America website or on Twitter.
She started cycling across the country two weeks ago and has advanced as far as Cedar City, Utah