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Florida veterans get a boost in Tacoma for cross-country cycling trip

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Aug. 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
August 19, 2011 3:14 pm

Two former service members from Florida cycling across the country to raise awareness about disabled and homeless veterans are pausing in Tacoma today to pick up a boost for their journey.

Eric and Monica Barfield are receiving a $750 check to buy a new Trek touring bicycle, a purchase made necessary by an accident in Oregon last week that threatened to end their campaign early.

Tacoma’s AMVETS Post 1 stepped forward to offer the money after learning that Eric Barfield lost his bike in an accident with a pickup truck.

“I was totally shocked; I couldn’t believe it,” Barfield told AMVETS. “I wasn’t expecting anything, and for them to do this – well, they didn’t have to.”

Barfield is a Coast Guard veteran. His wife served in the Army. They left their Tampa in February for a yearlong trek. They’ve been promoting AMVETS along the way.

“We were glad to do it,” said Dave Harris, past commander of the AMVETS Department of Washington. “They’re really nice people. I think it’s cool they’re getting out and doing something to help other veterans, see the country and help people along the way. They’re sincere and dedicated.”

Here are a couple fun stories about places they’ve visited.

They made a mile-high stop in Denver.

And they spoke with a reporter at another newspaper with a familiar name in Illinois. Catch that News Tribune?


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