Our Story

Pedal Against PTSD was founded in 2013 by Jessica Reich, President, and USMC combat veteran, Kevin Campagna. When Kevin left the organization in 2016, Jessica and Ashley Caballero, Vice President, felt the huge responsibility to supporters and veterans to continue the mission. Together, Jessica and Ashley have restructured the entire organization, bringing on volunteers that are just as passionate about helping veterans and their families as they are and these ladies have grown the organization to what it is today; partnering with other organizations, corporations and nonprofits to bring awareness to PTSD and to bring peace through cycling.

Born in the gravel, Pedal Against PTSD is a grass roots movement that has expanded exponentially. Recognized in all 50 continental states, as well as certain countries overseas, our mission is to empower military and veterans to overcome PTSD through the sport of cycling.

Our vision is to continue to raise awareness regarding the severity of PTSD and to share the benefits that the sport of cycling brings to all military veterans and their families that struggle with PTSD.

Our goal is to provide vets with quality bicycles, create a strong community outreach program and contribute funds back to research and development of PTSD.

Where We Fit

mayo clinic recommendations what is really happening pedal against ptsd
Follow your treatment planNot seeking the treatment they needProvide an alternative treatment plan through the sport of cycling
Learn about PTSDChoosing to accept the symptoms as “Who they are”We promote awareness
Take care of yourselfNot taking care of themselves with proper nutrition and exerciseWe promote a healthy lifestyle
Don’t self-medicateMore and more self-medication through alcohol and other meansThe psychological benefits of cycling
Break the cycleFew effective options to choose from in order to break the cycleWe provide our members with quality bikes
Talk to someonePerception of no one to talk toWe provide a support network
Consider a support groupDo not consider themselves part of a greater cause like when they were in uniform and therefore isolated.Riding with like minded friends is one of the best support groups someone can find

Strategic Vision

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To provide high quality bicycles to qualified veterans through an application process

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To create a support network that provides a larger community for our team members to plug into

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To raise money for research and development through our PAPTSD Grinder charity ride series.

Where Your Dollars Go

Board of Directors

Jessica Reich

President/CEO

Jessica was introduced to cycling when she met Kevin and has developed a huge passion for cycling ever since. Jessica has been part of Pedal Against PTSD from the very beginning when it was founded. She has worked in the non-profit sector for over 15 years in Texas and Costa Rica where she grew up. She has love for serving others and the community and continues to achieve this through her position as President.

Ashley Caballero

Vice President/CFO

Ashley comes from a long line of military members and is passionate about helping veterans. As Vice President and CFO, she’s responsible for all the day to day operations of the organization. She has created and implemented the Veteran Outreach & Spousal Support (VOSS) group. She also leads a weekly ride every Sunday morning, just to get out, get coffee and get to know veterans in the organization. Ashley is certified in Mental Health First Aid, and acts as an instructor, teaching others how to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.

Mark Blinn

Director of Veteran Relations

Mark grew up in Port Orchard, Washington and entered the Air Force in October 1996 as a loadmaster.  His background include loadmaster duties on C-141B; C-130E, H, H3; and C-17A aircraft.  His assignments include bases in Washington, Texas, Alaska, and Oklahoma.  In his 20 years, he has flown missions in support of Operations Joint Guard, Joint Forge, Desert Fox, Southern Watch, Northern Watch, and Nobel Eagle.  He has deployed numerous times in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.  In April of 2016 he started road cycling and found, along with counseling, cycling helped alleviate some of his PTSD symptoms.  He found it was a time where he could find peace while focusing on the ride and improving himself, and of course his STRAVA times.

Lyann Fortner

Director of Social Media

Lyann is a Dallas native and a bike enthusiast. Coming from a military family, the PAPTSD organization is near and dear. As the Social Media Director, Lyann manages and creates content for the LinkedIn and Instagram social media pages. In her free time Lyann enjoys cycling, mountain ranges and spending time with her husband and 3 dogs.

Jared Bliss

Secretary

Jared joined the army in August of 2005 as a 11B (infantryman). He was stationed at Camp Casey Korea, Fort Hood TX, Fort Carson CO, Fort Benning, GA, and Schofield Barracks, HI. Deployed twice to Afghanistan; once from June 2008 to June 2009 another from March 2012 to December 2012; both in Kunar Province. Married with 4 kids, Jared’s passion is mountain biking and is an Assistant Trail Steward for DORBA.

Chris Richardson

Board Member

Christopher enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2003.  He has multiple combat deployment including Afghanistan, Iraq, and the general Middle East; and he is still in Marine Corps Reserves.  Christopher found the therapeutic benefits of cycling after a combat deployment to Iraq in 2008.  He and a small group of friends began cycling multiple times every week.  Christopher currently holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and is pursuing a Master’s degree.  Christopher Richardson currently lives in DFW with his wife where in addition to cycling; he enjoys working out, rugby, reading, and relaxing with his friends and dogs.

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