Wounded Vets To Compete In Paralympic Style Games

5:01 PM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- In DC and Northern Virginia alone, there are around 225-thousand wounded war veterans fighting each and every day for some sense of normalcy.

Washington D-C resident Will Reynolds has been able to do that through recreational and competitive sports. 

In 2004, while serving in Iraq, Will sustained a life-threatening injury when a concealed IED detonated near his battalion. The shrapnel from the device caused massive arterial damage to Will's left arm and left leg, as well as damage to the bone and nerves in his leg. After two years of treatment and 23 surgeries, Will was granted medical retirement from the Army and returned to work in the public sector. Will now works for Deloitte, the company presenting the 4th Annual Warrior Games.

Will is taking part for the very first time, competing in cycling and Swimming.

The Warrior Games, which are organized by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), will be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the week of May 11-17, 2013. 

The Warrior Games are designed to introduce wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans to Paralympic sport competition, position them to be chosen for the Paralympic Games (next in Rio in 2016) and encourages them to stay physically active. More than 200 injured service members and veterans will participate, including several from the Greater Washington, DC area.

For more information visit http://www.teamusa.org/warriorgames/

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