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Peter Guidry is Air Force Veteran and Co-Founder Forgotten Not Gone. Peter was medically separated from the Nellis Air Force base in 2002. His numerous health issues and horrible after service Healthcare led to severe depression and self-destructive behavior. Struggling for over 10 years, hope was on the horizon when he was sent to the War Related Illness Clinic at the Palo Alto, CA V.A. For a week he was being seen by specialists in the fields of his specific illnesses. He finally started to get answers. The Clinic provided written suggestions and prescriptions for therapy they felt would be helpful to Peter. They recommended and prescribed that a 3 wheeled recumbent trike for a form of therapy but the local Veterans Administration would not comply.
Determined to get better, Peter and his wife a year later frustrated with the lack of compliance decided to take out a $12,500 personal loan and purchase a trike on their own. Utah trikes gave them a great deal and they were able to purchase two trikes, so they could ride together. After just 2 months, Peter felt his anxiety decrease and he was also feeling more comfortable being out of the isolation. Together they realized that every Veteran should have access to this therapy and any other alternative therapies regardless of whether the VA was going to help or not.
Forgotten Not Gone was born from the struggle of trying to find an alternative therapy other than drugging a Veteran up with pain and psyche pills to go away. I had to figure out if I really wanted to live another day in this uncontrolled physical pain and How could I?