Athletic events will showcase wounded warriors’ skills, spirit

Stars and Stripes January 7, 2014 More than 100 wounded warriors will compete this week in the first-ever Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The athletic events Wednesday through Friday are a precursor to the 2014 Warrior Games, an annual competition among wounded warriors from all branches of the military. The Pacific Invitational will be an Olympic-style competition in which sports are modified to meet the abilities of the participants, and is open to service members with upper-body, lower-body and spinal cord injuries; serious illnesses; traumatic brain injuries; visual impairments; and post-traumatic stress disorder, the Air Force said. “The goal of the Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational isn’t necessarily to identify the most skilled athletes, but rather to showcase the incredible potential of wounded warriors through competitive sports,” said Tony Jasso, Air Force wounded warrior adapted sports program manager. Read Article Here