Pedaling for Patriots
POSTED: Monday, September 20, 2010 - 3:44pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 10:50am
A retired CIA operative traded in his badge for a bike, to raise money for a good cause. Rob Richer and his wife Kim peddled through Baton Rouge today to support children of CIA officers killed in their fight against terrorism.
The bike ride began in Jacksonville Florida on September 11th. They will bike over 3,000 miles across the country. The money the couple raises will go to the CIA Officer's Memorial Foundation, which provides scholarships and assistance to families of the fallen.
The Richers were inspired to raise awareness after several CIA officers were killed in Afghanistan. "On December 20 of just this past year, we lost seven officers on the coast of Afghanistan," said Rob Richer. "They left behind a number of children."
And without the help of former agents like Richer, those children would not receive any additional support. "Unlike the U.S. Military where Congress provides a stipend and tuition support to dependents of servicemen killed in the line of duty, the U.S. Government does not provide that to the CIA," said Richer.
Rob Richer explained "people don't often know about our loses so people don't have wounded warrior functions, which are great, we need to take care of our military but we forget about the others who toil the national security. So we're trying to fill that gap by one, raising donations and two, raising awareness about the CIA's contribution in this war on terror and in defense of our country."
Richer retired from the CIA in 2005 as the second highest ranking member of the Clandestine service. He spent much of his career undercover and overseas, stealing secrets and recruiting spies on behalf of the U.S.
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