Military Salute - Staff Sgt. Butler and David Feherty

By Jaime Dailey bio | email

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Golf is taking center stage on Hilton Head Island this week with the Verizon Heritage, but a bicycle event is raising support for wounded troops is also taking off.

CBS Sports reporter and golf analyst, David Feherty, shifted gears this morning, putting our nation's heroes like Staff Sgt. Kenny Butler with the 82nd Airborne in the spotlight.

Staff Sgt. Butler has been recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for the past two years after losing his arm in Iraq.

"May 14th of '07, I was on patrol and got hit with a roadside bomb," said Staff Sgt. Butler.

To raise support for wounded soldiers like Butler, Feherty, organized a 20 mile bike ride around the island.

"I love them. Having been to Iraq a couple of times now with the USO, I've seen what they do, you never see or hear reported the tremendous restraint and acts of compassion on a daily basis they show," said Feherty.

It's a ride Feherty is hoping will raise awareness for the Troops First Foundation which supports and gives back to wounded soldiers.

"Just to thank these men, providing them with some nice things, it's kind of a make a wish for these guys when they come home, to give them something that improves the quality of their life," he explained.

The foundation gave Staff Sgt. Butler a new bike, equipped especially for him, making his ride better than ever.

"If it weren't for them, I wouldn't be on that bike, I wouldn't be here." said Staff Sgt. Butler.

"Whether or not you agree with the war has nothing to do with it, it's just supporting our men and women who fight overseas, defending the kind of freedoms we get to enjoy here," added Feherty.

On Tuesday, nearly 100 cyclists came to show their support for those heroes.

"To have the whole community show up like this for the Troops First Foundation, it's really special. I don't think you can get this anywhere else, " said Feherty.

WTOC salutes Staff Sgt. Kenny Butler for his sacrifices and Dave Feherty for organizing the ride and all of the cyclists who showed their support for this worthy cause.

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