Severely injured vets find healing, hope through sports

By Melissa Nelson-gabriel, Associated Press | Posted - May 18, 2015 at 9:21 a.m.



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EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) — Airmen recently gathered in the Florida Panhandle for a training camp hoping to defeat the Army, Marines and Navy next month at the 2015 Department of Defense Wounded Warrior Games in Quantico, Virginia.

The Army won in total points last year. The athletes training at Eglin Air Force Base believe the Air Force will take home the top prize this year.

About 200 athletes from all service branches will compete in eight sports including basketball, swimming and track and field.

Many of the competitors have severe injuries and post-traumatic stress after surviving explosions. They say the comradery and competition give them a sense of belonging and pride in representing their branch of the military.

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