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2002 Ron Paul Chapter 68

Commending Efforts Of John Keating, Joe Sapere, And Jerry Suggs

10 July 2002

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Mr. PAUL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commend the efforts of three men, John Keating, Joe Sapere and Jerry Suggs. These three gentlemen are now embarked upon a bicycle ride across America, having begun June 8 in Newport Beach, CA with anticipated completion in Jamestown, VA on the 21st of July, the anniversary of the “Americans with Disabilities Act” (ADA). What is most extraordinary about this journey Mr. Speaker is that each of these gentlemen is an amputee.

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John Keating, age 40, is the son of a former U.S. Defense attache and is the father of three sons. Joe Sapere, age 61, is a retired Air Force Colonel and a recent amputee. Jerry Suggs, 68, is retired form our U.S. Navy.

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The reason for this trip, Mr. Speaker, is to demonstrate that life does not end with amputation, but can include high-intensity activities such as bicycling and skydiving. These men are visiting rehab facilities along the way and giving encouragement to those who have felt constrained. One young lady they have met was a tennis player and had given up the sport when she lost a leg. They convinced her to take up the racquet again and start playing.

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As a Physician and Congressman, I honor these gentlemen for their efforts and invite others to learn more about these activities on line at

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