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El Paso veteran starts non-profit to expand the lives of people with disabilities

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- Meet Michael Osburn. He is an Army veteran turned philanthropist after he suffered a life-changing injury while serving his country.

This injury helped inspire him to create Adaptive Cycler's Plus.

It's a non-profit meant to enrich the quality of lives of people with disabilities through competitive and recreational sports.

"We have a lot of new people that once they get in the program they love it," Osburn told ABC-7. "So it's really joyful to see other people enjoying this."

The bikes are unique and adapted to each rider's disability.

Many military veterans who suffer from PTSD, vision impairments, amputations and other disabilities are are frequent riders.

Adaptive Cycler's Plus also serve non-military members of the El Paso community.

Jose and Cecilia Salazar have been married for 49 years and have been using a custom bike for a year now.

Jose is totally blind and relies on his wife to steer the bike.

He says biking has benefits for both his mental and physical health.

"I used to live under a rock. All I did was stay home and didn't get out... maybe out to the grocery store and that was pretty much it. Now I'm more active."

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