first published on March 29, 2019 by Funker
The U.S. Army Medical Command’s Warrior Care and Transition unit hosted the Army Trials 2019 at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. During the event, more than 130 wounded, ill, or injured Soldiers in both Active Duty and Veteran status competed to represent the organization at the 2019 DoD Warrior Games in Tampa, Florida this June.
During the event, which lasted over 10 days, Soldiers competed in 14 different adaptive sporting events to achieve one of the 40 competitor slots representing their branch of service. Those 14 sports are archery, cycling, indoor rowing, power-lifting, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, time trial cycling, track, field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair rugby and golf.
In the video below, which was put together by Spc. Elijah Flores, several interviews are conducted with Soldiers who competed in the trials. They discuss what the opportunity means for them, and how the program itself has helped shape and change their lives. We wish the best of luck to all of the competitors as they move forward into the DoD Warrior Games in Tampa this June. Congratulations on being selected, and remember that you are never out of the fight until you quit fighting.