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Service Members Set to Compete in Annual Warrior Games

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Navy Office of Information


More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members, including 35 members of Team Navy, as well as military retirees, will compete in the fourth annual Warrior Games to be held at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 11-16.

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Retired Air Force Staff Sgt. Larry Franklin floats on his back in the U.S. Air Force Academy’s indoor swimming pool during the Warrior Games training camp held in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 18, 2013. Franklin resides in Radcliff, Ky. DOD photo by Desiree Palacios

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Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. will speak at the event’s May 11 opening ceremonies.

The Warrior Games are a Paralympic-like event that fosters camaraderie and a healthy competitive spirit, while assisting athlete participants to discover new capabilities. Participants will include members from the United Kingdom Armed Forces.

The teams include both retired and active-duty service members with upper-body injuries, lower-body injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, serious illness and post-traumatic stress. They’ll compete in archery, cycling, seated volleyball, shooting, swimming, track and field and wheelchair basketball.

Last year, Team Navy earned 31 medals at the Warrior Games.

The Warrior Games are a cooperative effort between the Department of Defense and the U.S. Olympic Committee, and are presented by Deloitte. They also are supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the USO, the Fisher House Foundation, AT&T, BP, Budweiser and the Semper Fi Fund.

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