Sep 7, 2019
In our second week of
MIA Veterans & Military Families, we interview U.S. Navy
Veteran Dan Hurd. Dan is the Founder of Ride With Dan USAand the One Pedal at
a Time Movement. After surviving his third suicide attempt,
Dan became inspired to bicycle to all 48 States in the continental
U.S. to help raise awareness about suicide. Along his journey, Dan
has realized his attempts were likely caused by the medications he
had been prescribed and now dedicates his life towards inspiring
others to live life “One Pedal at a Time”.
(audio to be added)
- How Dan survived a
rough childhood and came to be prescribed psychoactive medications
as a teenager.
- That Dan found his
time in the U.S. Navy to be the best time of his life.
- How he came to found Ride with Dan
USAand the One Pedal at a Time Movement.
- Why he is biking all
48 states in the continental U.S., with a path that includes 25,000
miles and a three-year ride to raise awareness about suicide and to
call for research.
- How all three of his
suicide attempts were during periods of medication
- How his first attempt
occurred in high school, six months before entering the U.S.
- How, a year after
discharge from the Navy, Dan began getting prescribed medications
- Dan now realizes that
meds were the likely cause of his suicide attempts. Life stressors
were triggers, but medication withdrawal manufactured his
- How Dan experienced
severe physical pain as part of withdrawal from psychoactive
medications, which was especially pronounced during the first year
of his ride across the country.
- How his physical pain
from withdrawal was so intense that it nearly ended his trip within
the first six months of his journey.
- Dan talks about his
concerns that psychoactive meds might have harmed his mother, and
that her being prescribed these medications prior to his birth
might have impacted his life today.
- How he hadn’t
previously connected meds to his negative life events, specifically
social isolation. Dan has gone from complete isolation while on
meds to exploring all 48 states on his bicycle now that he is off
of the drugs.
- How Dan has come to
recognize medications aren’t solving a chemical imbalance, but
instead are medicating symptoms, which led to
- How Dan’s journey and
sharing his story with others has helped him in his recovery and in
finding balance in life.
- Dan’s Message to
listeners: "Take life one step and one pedal at a time. If you’re
experiencing challenges, tell everybody what is going on. Don’t
expect help, because when you expect it, you’ll be disappointed.
It’s when you’re asking for help and not expecting it, you’ll be
happily surprised at what happens."
One Pedal at a Time Movement
Ride with Dan USA