Warrior Games, Day 2

 
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WGPosterUSMCdownloadable Can anyone stop the Marine Corps? So, if you haven't read Part I and Part II of my stories on the Warrior Games taking place at the US Olympic Training Center, you should do so now. Last night the actual games kicked off, and it was a sight to behold. We will begin, as usual with some videos, which the USOC has helpfully given embed codes so that I could share them with you. The first video is of the opening ceremony, and the second of the events last night: wheelchair basketball and seated volleyball. Seriously, the USMC is schooling folks out here, and they aren't shy about it. I did a bunch of interviews with athletes, generals and moms during the games, and all you can hear is the Marine supporters cheering loudly in the background, it is incredible. The Navy team has these cowbells that are rather obnoxious (in a good way) as well. Two things that stand out to me from yesterday deserve sharing here. (I will share everything in my wrap up when I put my interviews and pictures into a video to post.) The first was a young man I talked to from the Army, Warrant Officer Holsey. Talking to this guy was absolutely amazing. He's an amputee, but he's no victim, and he made that incredibly clear. I talked to him about Walter Reed, and I won't spoil the interview for you right now, but suffice to say I would like to get the Washington Post and NYT in a room with this guy. They'd leave crying in shame after 20 minutes. Anyway, I found a video of him I wanted to share: And the second thing I wanted to relay touched me even more, and I think summed up exactly what these games are about. I went to the Army-Navy wheelchair basketball game and it was tight. And if you've never seen a game of it, it is no joke. They were clobbering each other out there. Both teams were fighting as hard as they could, and there wasn't an ounce of give by either of them. But at one point a chair got flipped over (yeah, they hit that hard) and the ball got stolen by the other team. Despite the relatively easy fast break that team had, 2 team members immediately helped the guy who was on the other team get back into his chair. One minute they were beating hell out of each other, and the next giving up easy points in a close game to make sure that their brother wasn't struggling alone. That's what makes them heroes.
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The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you werent too busy looking for attention.
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News from the World of Military and Veterans Issues. Iraq and A-Stan in parenthesis reflects that the author is currently deployed to that theater.