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Retired Special Forces soldier cycling across America to raise money for vets

Mark Bryan of Grayland Beach has set a pretty big goal for himself, but he is committed to finishing it, said Sunnyside VFW Post #3483 Commander Bill Ingram. Bryan, a retired Special Forces veteran, is cycling across the United States in order to raise $25,000 to benefit the Green Beret Foundation, Ingram said. Bryan found himself visiting the Sunnyside VFW post home on North Avenue this past Sunday afternoon. He intended to make it to Vernita Bridge, where he planned to camp for the night. While at the post, Bryan spoke with area veterans about his mission. "I wish we could have visited a little longer," said Ingram. "He's a real dedicated man." Ingram said Bryan has a website set up so people can donate to the Green Beret Foundation. "He plans to ride 65 miles a day for a total of 4,000 miles," said Ingram. Bryan set out on his trek from Grayland Beach on the Washington coast on July 28. His trip will end at Wrightsville Beach, N.C. He believes the entire trip will take about 63 days. On Bryan's website: www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/markbryancoastocoast/CoasttoCoastRidefortheGBF, he explains that he is making this journey to raise awareness for the Green Beret Foundation and its programs. He explained that the foundation provides unconventional resources to aid with the special needs of the wounded, ill and injured in the Special Forces community. Ingram said those who wish to support this cause may donate on line at Bryan's website. As of Aug. 2, Bryan had pledges of $365 toward his $25,000 goal. He has a long way to go in miles and money, and "...needs our support," said Ingram.

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