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Wesley Barrientos is using his biceps to pedal his way across America to raise money for returning war veterans.

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Heroic combat veterans face uphill challenge

Iraq War pair pedaling 4,000 miles to raise money for fellow soldiers seeking a way back

Jeremy Staat starred in football at Arizona State, played in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers and fought in Iraq as a U.S. Marine, but Saturday’s bike ride uphill from Tempe to Payson presented him with one of his biggest challenges. “Sorry I’m late, but there was a mountain in my way,” Staat told a group of supporters just after arriving March 10 at the Payson American Legion Post. Of course, he couldn’t complain too loudly — since his riding companion Wesley Barrientos used biceps to pedal after losing his legs to a roadside bomb in Iraq.

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