More than 160 wounded troops participated at Air Force JBLM Competition last week. Veterans and military members with injuries or illnesses faced off in a series of athletic events that aim to help them recover and transition into civilian life. Watch some of the inspiring stories of the injured troops participating in the First Warrior Care Event 2015 below.
The Air Force event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, with its “Wounded Warrior Care” activities, helps former or current members of the military overcome trauma by focusing on events such as wheelchair basketball, seated volleyball or air-rifle shooting.
"The core value of these events is that you connect with other service members who share the same challenges, struggles, mind-sets that you do," said retired Air Force Maj. Matthew Clough, 45, who is participating in his second round of wounded warrior competitions.
"You see someone like you do something you didn't think you could do, and it's infectious," said Clough, who lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Marsha Gonzales, deputy chief for the Air Force Warrior and Survivor Care division, said service members with trauma too often have little hope for recovery.
They enter the armed forces with the goal of serving their country, and when they can’t do that anymore due to injuries or illness, they may feel like they have been cast aside, she said.
Remember, you too can help support our wounded warriors by purchasing merchandise like our popular 9/11 United We Stand and Home of the Free shirts and entering our Harleys and Gas Giveaway as 100% of proceeds go to support injured service members.
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