Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Integrity Comes Full Circle ; Homeless Veteran Receives Bike after Returning Wallet, Nearly $400

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Integrity Comes Full Circle ; Homeless Veteran Receives Bike after Returning Wallet, Nearly $400

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A homeless veteran whose "integrity stood out" was recognized with a special gift in a presentation Friday afternoon at the Colmery-O'Neil Veterans Administration Center.

In May, Ron Trusheim, affectionately known as "Bicycle Ron," happened to see a wallet on the grounds of the VA. Without hesitation, he turned it in to VA police.

"I just did what you're supposed to do," Trusheim said.

The wallet contained nearly $400. It was returned to its owner, a female veteran who had dropped it from her wheelchair.

"Your integrity stood out," VA police chief Sparky Edwards told Trusheim during the presentation.

The VA police had wanted to recognize Trusheim sooner, but he was traveling by train and bike to Colorado and New Mexico over the summer.

After injuring his knee, Trusheim returned to Topeka by train earlier this week.

He wasn't able to bring his bike back with him.

That is when a group of VA officers and employees got together and pitched in money to purchase a bike. …

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