Warrior Games Inspire Wounded, Ill and Injured Service Members to Stay Physically Active

When a member of the U.S. Armed Forces returns home with a serious injury, there is plenty of reason to engage in rehabilitation.

Injured individuals can often enhance their quality of life by doing whatever is necessary to promote their recovery.

But rehabilitation is much easier said than done. It can take tremendous amounts of physical exertion. And also determination to push through the pain.

Thousands of our veterans have worked hard to rehabilitate their injuries. But some have understandably given up in despair.

Recovery and Rehabilitation the Keys

The Department of Defense Warrior Games were held last week in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They were created for just this purpose…

To enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members. How? By exposing them to adaptive sports.

The Games were established in 2010. They encourage these heroes to remain physically active when they return home after serving their country.

The Warrior Games inspire these courageous individuals. And promote opportunities for their personal growth and achievement.

300 Athletes Compete

Last week’s Warrior Games were hosted by the U.S. Air Force Academy. Approximately 300 service members and veterans participated in the competitions.

They represented the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Special Operations Command and Air Force.

Athletes from the Canadian Armed Forces, United Kingdom Air Forces and Australian Defence Force also competed.

Families were also an important part of this year’s event. A variety of family activities were featured, including ice skating.

Kelly Clarkson Gives Concert for Opening Ceremony

John Stewart was emcee of the opening ceremonies. And singer Kelly Clarkson gave a concert. There was also a parade of athletes, torch lighting and Air Force flyovers.

This is the ninth year of the Warrior Games. For the first five years, the Games were in Colorado Springs.

The 2015 Games were hosted by the Department of Defense at Quantico, Virginia. The 2016 Games were hosted by the Army at West Point, New York.

Last year, the Games were conducted in Chicago, Illinois and hosted by the Navy.

Super Bowl Champ Chris Long Chimes In

Prior to last week’s Warrior Games, the athletes received a personal video message from Chris Long. He’s a starting defensive end for the Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Among his remarks were, “I want to wish all the guys and gals the best of luck competing in the 2018 Warrior Games.

“What you guys do inspires me a lot and it inspires my teammates and other athletes across the country.

“Best of luck. You guys have worked so hard for this. We’ll be watching and hope to meet you all at some point. Thank you for everything that you do.”

Air Force Sergeant an Inspiration

Long added, “One of my personal friends, Israel Del Toro, has been involved in the Warrior Games for quite some time. He came and spoke to our team about never quitting.

“What he said has stuck in my mind, and you guys obviously live by it. You’ve overcome a lot. To compete at that level, you’re some of the best athletes in the world.”

Del Toro was an Air Force sergeant who was severely burned over more than 80 percent of his body. The tragedy occurred in an IED (improvised explosive device) explosion in Afghanistan in 2005.

He was in a coma for three months and nearly died three times. He lost four fingers on his left hand. The fingers on his right hand were amputated at the knuckles. He had more than 120 surgeries.

If anyone ever deserved to retire, it is Del Toro. Instead, he re-enlisted. He trains recruits to do the job he once had.

We Owe Them Everything

It’s difficult to imagine the amount of dedication many of our veterans possess and exhibit.

All of them, including those who participated in the Warrior Games last week, deserve our deepest appreciation and respect.

The 2018 Warrior Games were a shining example of their true grit and determination. And help celebrate the accomplishments of wounded, injured or ill service members.

Supporting Troops and Their Families

One organization that got involved to show support is Fisher House Foundation.

Here at 4Patriots, we believe strongly that our active-duty troops, veterans and their families deserve all the support we can give them.

That’s why whenever you get one of our products, we make sure to also donate a portion to charities with a military focus.

Fisher House Foundation is one of the charities that we make regular donations to.

We’re proud to let you know that Fisher House showed support for this year’s Warrior Games, and have done so for past years as well.

They helped 2 family members of each participant attend the Warrior Games, so that they could cheer on their loved ones and celebrate their accomplishments.

Fisher House Foundation also operates homes across the country where families of active duty soldiers and veterans alike can stay while their loved one is receiving medical treatment.


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