2013 Warrior Games Bios

2013 Warrior Games

Welcome to the Warrior Games 2013 Air Force Team Biography Page. Here you will find information about wounded, ill and injured Air Force service members and Veterans who are competing for the gold in track and field, shooting, swimming, cycling, archery, wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball during the 2013 Warrior Games. These are their biographies and stories:

    • timothy babb

      Name: Staff Sgt. Timothy Babb

      Age: 26

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Selma, Ala.

      High School: Fort Walton Beach High School

      Current Residence: Valparaiso, Fla.

      Years in Service: 6.5

      Injury/Disability: Enlarged prostate, manic depression, bipolar type II personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

      Sport(s): Cycling and swimming

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: I enjoy working out, and I wanted to meet people who have been injured and can relate to my injury.

    • Byron Ballard

      Name: Retired Tech. Sgt. Byron Ballard

      Age: 46

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Myrtle Beach, S.C. Lincolnton, N.C. (parents)

      High School: Gospel Baptist Christian School

      Current Residence: Miami, FL

      Years in Service: 21

      Injury/Disability: Post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury

      Sport(s): volleyball and wheelchair basketball

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: I think it’s an awesome opportunity to compete and build off networking with other wounded warriors and the opportunity to play sports again at a competitive level.

    • lewis barasha

      Name: Capt. Lewis Barasha

      Age: 36

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Springfield, Va

      High School: West Springfield High School

      Current Residence: Fort Collins, Colo.

      Years in Service: 8

      Injury/Disability: Traumatic brain injury; injuries to right shoulder, back and both knees from injuries in combat in Afghanistan in 2011.

      Sport(s): Cycling and shooting

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: Camaraderie and the opportunity to interact with and support other wounded warriors. My regional care coordinator, Jack Ladley, inspired me to try out for this year’s team (my first time.)

    • brandon bishop

      Name: Retired Senior Airman Brandon Bishop

      Age: 24

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.

      High School: Brown Deer High School

      Current Residence: Milwaukee, Wis.

      Years in Service: 5

      Injury/Disability: Post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury

      Sport(s): Track and field and volleyball

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: An escape from symptoms that are destroying my life, helping me to rebuild my life through friendships, teamwork and being competitive.

    • bill bjornes

      Name: Retired Tech. Sgt. William H. Bjornes Jr.

      Age: 50

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Hopewell, Va.

      High School: Hopewell High School

      College: Capital University, Columbus, Ohio; University of Alaska, Fairbanks

      Current Residence: Hopewell, Va.

      Years in Service: 24 years, 9 months (combined Army and Air Force)

      Injury/Disability: Brain injury due to Hashimoto’s Encephalitis, a rare neuroendocrine disease with physical and psychiatric complications.

      Sport(s): 10-meter prone air rifle

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: What motivated you to tryout for the Air Force Wounded Warrior Games Team? I got to be around fellow wounded warriors and learn from them. I don’t feel out of place here. I really enjoy training with world-class coaches and it’s a great shooting opportunity. Before my symptoms started, I liked to shoot and compete in both rifle and pistol. I tried out for the shooting team to have an opportunity to represent the Air Force and compete against other services wounded warriors. Being a part of this incredible program has helped in my recovery.

    • scott bullis

      Name: Maj. Scott Bullis

      Age: 43

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Brandon, SD

      High School: Brandon Valley Senior High School

      Current Residence: Colorado Springs, Colo.

      Years in Service: 18.5

      Injury/Disability: Traumatic brain injury with balance, leg and vision difficulties

      Sport(s): Prone and standing rifle and recumbent cycle as athlete and coach

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: I initially was a coach for the Air Force cycling and shooting teams for the Warrior Games. After being injured in Afghanistan, I initially resisted becoming an athlete, but was volunteered by the other coaches and wounded warrior care staff that I would compete starting in 2012. I love to compete, but I think the best part for me is still seeing the other athletes succeed at doing something they never thought they could.

    • corey carter

      Name: Retired Tech. Sgt. Corey Carter

      Age: 43

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

      High School: Hilliard High School

      Current Residence: Columbus, Ohio

      Years in Service: 17.5

      Injury/Disability: Shrapnel wound in left shoulder, nerve and artery damage

      Sport(s): Archery, swimming and volleyball

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: To come here to relate with fellow warriors and help those that may need someone to talk to about their journey. Motivation is to always be my best and try new things. You won’t know until you try. You might be the next superstar.

    • jason caswell

      Name: Staff Sgt. Jason Caswell

      Age: 32

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Jacksonville, Ark.

      High School: Jacksonville High School

      Current Residence: San Antonio, Texas (Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland)

      Years in Service: 11

      Injury/Disability: Right leg compound fracture

      Sport(s): Discus and shot put

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: It’s a way to get to represent the U.S. Air Force. I was motivated because I have always played sports, and that was taken by my injury, and this helps to prove to myself and everyone that I can still do what I put my mind to.

    • rafael chavez

      Name: Retired Master Sgt. Rafael Chavez

      Age: 61

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Mission, Texas/San Antonio, Texas

      High School: Mission High School

      Current Residence: Little Squaw, San Antonio

      Years in Service: 35

      Injury/Disability: undisclosed

      Sport(s): Alternate shooter

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: Support: get some, give some. You are not alone. There are others out there who are still living in quiet desperation who are in danger. No man or woman left behind!

    • jason ellis

      Name: Retired Staff Sgt. Jason Ellis

      Age: 38

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Midwest City, Okla.; Chicago, Ill.

      High School: Choctaw High School and Carl Albert High School

      Current Residence: Tampa, Fla.

      Years in Service: 10

      Injury/Disability: Multiple combat injuries

      Sport(s): Pistol shooting and wheelchair basketball

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: What motivated you to tryout for the Air Force Wounded Warrior Games Team? It gives me an avenue to compete at a level that I did prior to my injuries.

    • sarah evans

      Name: Capt. Sarah Evans

      Age: 27

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Shalimar, Fla.

      High School: Choctawhatchee High School, Fort Walton Beach, Fla./ The Citadel, Charleston, S.C.

      Current Residence: San Antonio, Texas

      Years in Service: 5

      Injury/Disability: Osteosarcoma (remission) and hemipelvectomy amputation of left leg

      Sport(s): Ultimate Champion: 10-K hand cycling, shot put, 100-meter dash, 10-meter rifle, and 50-meter freestyle and 200-meter relay swimming.

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: Not answered.

    • monica figeroa

      Name: Tech. Sgt. Monica D. Figueroa

      Age: 39

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Victoria, Texas

      High School: Victoria Stroman High School

      Current Residence: San Antonio, Texas

      Years in Service: 20

      Injury/Disability: Cancer

      Sport(s): Track and field

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: Continuation of the Air Force family, excellence in all we do, to continue to push myself to new limits, continue a healthy way of excelling my recovery and supporting my Air Force team.

    • darrell fisher

      Name: Former Senior Airman Darrell Fisher

      Age: 40

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Columbia, S.C.; Fayetteville, N.C. (parents)

      High School: Douglas Byrd High School

      Current Residence: Columbia, S.C.

      Years in Service: 5

      Injury/Disability: T-7 paraplegic

      Sport(s): Shot put, discus, 100-meter and 200-meter wheelchair race, and 10-K hand cycle.

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally:It is a big accomplishment to come out of a shell and become an athlete and conquer your illness or disability. I was motivated to be back on a team with my fellow same service members of the Air Force.

    • jason frey

      Name: Staff Sgt. Jason Frey

      Age: 38

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Otisfield, Maine/Lake Wylie, S.C.

      High School: Oxford Hills High School

      Current Residence: Lake Wylie, S.C.

      Years in Service: 14

      Injury/Disability: Back, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury

      Sport(s): Cycling and shooting

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: To push myself from my wounds.

    • gene gatzert

      Name: Former Senior Airman Gene Don (Bo) Gatzert II

      Age: 33

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

      High School: Judson High School

      Current Residence: Converse, Texas

      Years in Service: 10

      Injury/Disability: Spinal fusion

      Sport(s): Swimming

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: I wanted to represent the Air Force to the fullest.

    • wes glisson

      Name: Capt. Wes Glisson

      Age: 34

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: New Waverly, Texas

      High School: Huntsville High

      Current Residence: Cibolo, Texas

      Years in Service: 13

      Injury/Disability: Traumatic brain injury

      Sport(s): Cycling and alternate for track and field.

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: I want to be able to learn from hearing stories from other Warriors. We can sit together, hear about each other’s experiences and say, “Yes, this sucks, but it’s getting better.”

    • jael hansen

      Name: Retired Capt. Jael Hansen

      Age: 30

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: LaCrosse, Wis.

      High School: Logan High School

      Current Residence: Omaha, Neb.

      Years in Service: 4.5

      Injury/Disability: Post-traumatic stress disorder

      Sport(s): Standing and prone rifle

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: It’s a way to push myself outside my comfort zone and find things that I enjoy again. Since the incident, so many things have changed, it’s important to push myself to refine and redefine myself. This is just one of the many ways I have found to help do that and encourage my growth.

    • lara ishakawa

      Name: Staff Sgt. Lara Ishikawa

      Age: 33

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Bismarck, N.D.

      High School: Clear Lake High School

      Current Residence: Live Oak, Texas

      Years in Service: 10

      Injury/Disability: Cancer

      Sport(s): Track

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: Meeting other members with disabilities and illnesses. It’s a way to continue to build camaraderie and be a part of the Air Force family. It’s also a way to continue to recover from the cancer aftermath.

    • mitchell keifer

      Name: Capt. Mitchell Kieffer

      Age: 28

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Apple Valley, Minn.

      High School: Eastview High School, Apple Valley, Minn.

      Current Residence: Virginia Beach, Va. (Joint Base Langley-Eustis)

      Years in Service: 6

      Injury/Disability: Traumatic brain injury

      Sport(s): Ultimate Champion competition (cycling, swimming, shot put, running and shooting)

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: I was called by my Air Force triathlon teammate (and Air Force head coach James Bales) asking me to apply. I thought it was a great opportunity to continue to serve with my wounded brothers and sisters.

    • jennifer kyseth

      Name: Retired Maj. Jennifer Kyseth

      Age: 36

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Germantown, Wis.

      High School: Germantown High School

      Current Residence: Edmond, Okla.

      Years in Service: 13.5

      Injury/Disability: Lumbar fusion and chronic neuropathic pain

      Sport(s): Recumbent cycling and swimming

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally:At first, it meant a chance to be what I thought I used to be, but in reality, it’s a chance to excel despite my injury and the obstacles that it has presented to me. It’s a chance to again feel that sense of overwhelming accomplishment which I have not felt in literally years. I’m motivated the most by the fear of deteriorating physically and emotionally. Being around other wounded warriors and knowing you’re among friends who understand is priceless.

    • jason morgan

      Name: Retired Staff Sgt. Jason Morgan

      Age: 43

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: McKinney, Texas

      High School: Lake Highlands High School

      Current Residence: McKinney, Texas

      Years in Service: 10

      Injury/Disability: Spinal cord injury during a drug interdiction in South America

      Sport(s): Every sport

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally:To be a part of a team again. After leaving the Air Force, I really missed the camaraderie and being able to meet others like myself and help others recoup.

    • kevin murphy

      Name: Tech. Sgt. Kevin Murphy

      Age: 36

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

      High School: Desert High School

      Current Residence: Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D.

      Years in Service: 16

      Injury/Disability: Shrapnel and post-traumatic stress disorder

      Sport(s): Shot put and wheelchair basketball

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: It means I’ve been given a second chance in life to compete on a grand stage.

    • sheri nel

      Name: Master Sgt. Sherri Nel

      Age: 41

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Not answered

      High School: N/A

      Current Residence: San Antonio, Texas

      Years in Service: 20

      Injury/Disability: Cancer

      Sport(s): Pistol Shooting and Swimming

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: It’s a way to reconnect back to the active service. It’s also an opportunity to give back and receive services needed in my recovery.

    • ramina oraha

      Name: Retired Senior Airman Ramina Oraha

      Age: 28

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Chicago

      High School: Resurrection High School for Girls

      Current Residence: Chicago

      Years in Service: 3

      Injury/Disability: Brain aneurism and stroke

      Sport(s): Cycling and shot put

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: No answer

    • orion orellana

      Name: Senior Airman Orion Orellana

      Age: 24

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Northbend, Wash.

      High School: Mount Si High School

      Current Residence: San Antonio, Texas

      Years in Service: 6

      Injury/Disability: leg chunk missing from rocket-propelled grenade blast

      Sport(s): Swimming and track

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: To represent TACPs. I’m proud to serve.

    • damian orslene

      Name: Retired Chief Master Sgt. Damian T. Orslene

      Age: 48

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Pensacola, Fla.; Warren, Ohio (parents)

      High School: Howland High School

      Current Residence: Tara Road, Cantonment, Fla.

      Years in Service: 28

      Injury/Disability: Post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, right shoulder and right hip replacement

      Sport(s): Cycling, seated discus and seated shot put

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: It saved my life.

    • claude owens

      Name: Former Staff Sgt. Claude Owens

      Age: 41

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Beavercreek, Ohio

      High School: Stebbins High School

      Current Residence: not answered

      Years in Service: 14

      Injury/Disability: Abdominal injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, spinal cord injury and sciatic paralysis

      Sport(s): Discus and wheelchair basketball

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: It puts me back into the team atmosphere and fuels my competitiveness.

    • katie robinson

      Name: Retired Kathryn “Katie” Robinson

      Age: 45

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Detroit, Mich.

      High School: Murray-Wright High School

      Current Residence: Detroit, Mich.

      Years in Service: 19

      Injury/Disability: Partial amputation of right thumb due to gunshot wound and post-traumatic stress disorder.

      Sport(s): Swimming and track

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: The Warrior Games give me a chance to connect with others who are like me. The Warrior Games have helped me move forward in my recovery. My battle buddy and friend, Stacy Pearsall, encouraged me to apply. This is my second year competing. Stacy won’t be here this year, and I will miss her.

    • joshua robistow

      Name: Tech. Sgt. Joshua Robistow

      Age: 34

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Grand Forks, N.D. (wife); Devils Lake, N.D. (in-laws).

      High School: L.C. Norcom High School, Portsmouth, Va.

      Current Residence: Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D.

      Years in Service: 15

      Injury/Disability: L5 fusion and post-traumatic stress disorder

      Sport(s): Sitting volleyball

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: A sense of camaraderie, pride and competition. Tech. Sgt. Murphy introduced me to it. He is a previous alumuni athlete.

    • elroy rodriguez

      Name: Staff Sgt. Eloy R. Rodriguez

      Age: 32

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

      High School: East Central High School

      Current Residence: San Antonio, Texas

      Years in Service: 13

      Injury/Disability: Cancer

      Sport(s): Shooting

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: Continuation of the Air Force family, excellence in all we do, to push myself to new limits, and a healthy way of excelling in my recovery and supporting my Air Force team, heritage and name.

    • matt sanders

      Name: Former Staff Sgt. Elmer Matt Sanders

      Age: 30

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: California City and Visalia, Calif.

      High School: Redwood High School

      Current Residence: California City, Calif.

      Years in Service: 6

      Injury/Disability: Donation of one kidney and disease in remaining kidney, right knee replacement and left ankle fracture.

      Sport(s): Sitting volleyball, track and wheelchair basketball

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: Warrior Games started as a recovery and became a team and family event. Motivation this year came from other teammates’ life stories and accomplishments.

    • jeanne goldy-santitate

      Name: Retired Staff Sgt. Jeanne Goldy-Sanitate

      Age: 57

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Rehobeth Beach, Del.; Vindentown, N.J. (parents)

      High School: Lenape Regional Medford High School (N.J.)

      Current Residence: Rehobeth Beach, Del.

      Years in Service: 8

      Injury/Disability: T-12 paraplegia and multiple sclerosis

      Sport(s): 10-K hand-cycling

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally:I am so happy and honored to be on Team Air Force. This will be my third and final Warrior Games. As my MS, is progressing, my motivation to try out is so I will be able to show those newly wounded that life can continue. You just have to redefine your mission and focus on how to modify or adapt your interests and sports you do.

    • shawn schwantes

      Name: Master Sgt. Shawn N. Schwantes

      Age: 36

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Vernal, Utah

      High School: Vintah High School

      Current Residence: Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas

      Years in Service: 18

      Injury/Disability: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

      Sport(s): 1900-meter open track and open 30-kilometer cycle

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: Not giving up, pushing my body and mind beyond what I was told I could do. What motivated me was meeting other athletes pushing themselves and hearing their amazing stories.

    • gwen sheppard

      Name: Retired Maj. Gwen Sheppard

      Age: 50

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Brown Deer, Wis.; Springfield, Ohio

      High School: 71st High School

      Current Residence: Brown Deer, Wis.

      Years in Service: 27

      Injury/Disability: Cervical degenerative disc disease, right shoulder injury, knee injuries, tennis elbow, tumid lupus and post-traumatic stress disorder.

      Sport(s): Air rifle and archery

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: Warrior Games is a place for me to heal. I competed the last two years. It has helped me with my depression and PTSD. With the games, you can still be competitive within your own limitations.

    • keith sekora

      Name: Retired Tech. Sgt. Keith Sekora

      Age: 43

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Everett, Wash./Pasadena, Md. (parents)

      High School: Old Mill Senior High School (Maryland)

      Current Residence: Everett, Wash.

      Years in Service: 17

      Injury/Disability: Traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, stroke

      Sport(s): Archery, discus, shot put and volleyball

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: It keeps me active and involved with other warriors.

    • jack shaw

      Name: Retired Staff Sgt. Jack Shaw Jr.

      Age: 50

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.

      High School: Harding High School

      Current Residence: St. Croix, Minn.

      Years in Service: 16

      Injury/Disability: Left knee and shoulder injuries, hearing loss and post-traumatic disorder

      Sport(s): Archery and shooting

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: No answer

    • martin smith

      Name: Senior Master Sgt. Martin Smith

      Age: 46

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Parker, Colo.

      High School: Greeley Central High School, Colo.

      Current Residence: Parker, Colo.

      Years in Service: 21

      Injury/Disability: Single leg, below-the-knee amputation

      Sport(s): Swimming

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: To challenge myself, overcome my disability and represent the Air Force.

    • george stiltner

      Name: Retired Senior Master Sgt. George Stiltner

      Age: 43

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: McAlester, OK; Ashville, Ohio (parents)

      High School: Inde High School

      Current Residence: Wilburton, Okla.

      Years in Service: 21.5

      Injury/Disability: Post-traumatic stress disorder

      Sport(s): Archery and track

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: Belonging to a team again after I competed in last year’s events.

    • kevin taylor

      Name: Retired Staff Sgt. Kevin Taylor

      Age: 28

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Satellite Beach, Fla.

      High School: Satellite High School

      Current Residence: Satellite Beach, Fla.

      Years in Service: 7.5

      Injury/Disability: Traumatic brain injury

      Sport(s): Sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: It is my second family. I love it so much. To me, it is like my second job.

    • axel gaud-torres

      Name: Tech. Sgt. Axel E. Gaud-Torres

      Age: 38

      High School: Colegio Nuestra Senora del Carmen

      Hometown: Beale Air Force Base, Calif.

      Years in Service: 18

      Injury/Disability: Injured by roadside bomb blast – post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain syndrome

      Sport(s): Archery, rifle and sitting volleyball

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: The games have given me a new outlook in life. I’ve been able to challenge myself in ways I never thought possible.

    • simon wess

      Name: Master Sgt. Simon Wess

      Age: 38

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Johnstown, Penn.

      High School: Forest Hills High School

      Current Residence: Sugarloaf Ave., Abilene, Texas

      Years in Service: 20+

      Injury/Disability: Reduced lung function and post-traumatic stress disorder

      Sport(s): Air pistol, archery and volleyball

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: I can relate to these guys better than I can relate with other senior NCOs.

    • clint williams

      Name: Airman 1st Class Clint Williams

      Age: 20

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Port O’Connor, Texas

      High School: Calhoun High School

      Current Residence: San Antonio, Texas

      Years in Service: 2

      Injury/Disability: Traumatic brain injury

      Sport(s): Cycling and shooting

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally:The games to me are a way to connect with others. Also, it is a stress reliever and a way to still do something within the Air Force.

    • chris wolff

      Name: Retired Tech. Sgt. Christopher Wolff

      Age: 30

      Hometown and Parents Hometown:Hesperia, Calif.

      High School: Hisperia High School

      Current Residence: Spanaway, Wash.

      Years in Service: 10

      Injury/Disability: acute disseminated encephalomyelitis and spinal cord injury

      Sport(s): Hand cycle, 100-meter, 200-meter wheelchair race, seated discus and shot put and volleyball

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally:The opportunity to show I can complete anything I put my mind to.

    • tim wymore

      Name: Retired Tech. Sgt. Tim Wymore

      Age: 46

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: St. Charles, Mo.

      High School: Fox High School, Arnold, Mo.

      Current Residence: St. Charles, Mo.

      Years in Service: 18

      Injury/Disability: Undisclosed

      Sport(s): Shot put

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: Meeting new friends

    • george zaldivar

      Name: Retired Maj. George Zaldivar

      Age: 52

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Port Isabel, Texas

      High School: Port Isabel High School

      Current Residence: Swansea, Ill.

      Years in Service: 29

      Injury/Disability: Not answered

      Sport(s): Pistol

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: Building team spirit with friends who have experienced the same things and getting the courage to find yourself and look into what the future holds.

    • ben horton

      Name: Master Sgt. B. Paul Horton

      Age: 39

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Corpus Christi, Texas

      Current Residence: Colorado Springs, Colo.

      Years in Service: 17

      Injury/Disability: Wounded by explosions. Fractured back and neck multiple times; injuries to left arm and knee, neck, face and eyes; damaged right shoulder; traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

      Sport(s): Cycling, swimming and track and field.

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally:They offer a venue for injured persons to show they are strong and capable, and that their injuries don’t define them. I wanted to push myself, learn some sports and show I could still compete.

    • noel sepulveda

      Name: Noel Sepulveda

      Age: 63

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Groveland, Fla.

      Current Residence: Severn, Md.

      Years in Service: 39

      Injury/Disability: Post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and rotator cuff damage.

      Sport(s): Archery, shooting and sitting volleyball.

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: This is my fourth Warrior Games. Before the first one, I was pretty bad off because my traumatic brain injury and PTSD was really bad. I was doing absolutely nothing at home. I spent three months in the basement of my house, 24/7, because I was so freaked out. The Warrior Games helped me get back into things. It got me back associating with people. Scott Hand with the Wounded Warrior Project at Randolph (Air Force Base, Texas) pushed me to apply for the first time. If not for them believing in me, I probably wouldn’t be here doing this.

    • zuleika cruz-pereira

      Name: Retired Staff Sgt. Zuleika Cruz-Pereira

      Age: 29

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Mayaquez, Puerto Rico

      Current Residence: Fort Riley, Kan.

      Years in Service: 8 years (Army and Air Force)

      Injury/Disability: Cervical spine, back and knee injury; spondylosis, degenerative disc disease, asthma, mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder

      Sport(s): Sitting shot put/discus

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: No Answer

    • stephen otero

      Name: Former Staff Sgt. Stephen Otero

      Age: 30

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Houston, Texas

      Current Residence: Houston, Texas

      Years in Service: 11.5

      Injury/Disability: Post-traumatic stress disorder

      Sport(s): pistol shooting

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: No Answer

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      Name: Retired Senior Airman Scott Palomino

      Age: 29

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: El Paso, Texas

      Current Residence: San Antonio, Texas

      Years in Service: undisclosed

      Injury/Disability: Below the knee amputation

      Sport(s): 200m, 1500m 4×100 relay, wheelchair basketball, shot put, discus throw

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: I have always been very athletic and enjoy running and playing basketball. My goal in life is to continue to work with and support veterans and their families.

    • george romano

      Name: Retired Capt. George Romano Jr.

      Age: 43

      Hometown and Parents Hometown: Billerica, MA

      Current Residence: Minot, Maine

      Years in Service: 19

      Injury/Disability: Post-traumatic stress disorder, apnea; knee, shoulder and back injuries

      Sport(s): prone and standing rifle

      What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: Through the hard work I have put in, and with the help from my number one supporter, (my wife), I have been able to come completely off medication and start to volunteer for various activities with the kids.  I enjoy hunting, fishing, softball, baseball, hockey, football, shooting, archery, watching sports and movies with the family.  Recently I started to coach the kids in sports.

  • larry franklin

    Name: Retired Staff Sgt. Larry Franklin

    Hometown and Parents Hometown: Elizabethtown, Ky.

    Current Residence: Elizabethtown, Ky.

    Years in Service: 8

    Injury/Disability: Post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury

    Sport(s): Swimming and wheelchair basketball

    What does the Warrior Games mean to you personally: This program saved my life. Being part of a team again gives me a sense of pride and makes me feel like I’m a part of something. It took me two years to stop being a tough guy and let people help me, and I encourage everyone else to do the same – to become a part of this program – because once you do, you’re a part of a family.

  • SrA Charles Ming

    This is something that I wanted to do while I was in a injured status. But I am so happy all these airman can still serve in the Greatest Military in the world. Thank you all so much.

  • Harper

    LARRY RAY!!!!!! I miss ya buddy! Glad you continue to make progress! See you in July baby! Gun 1 Out!

  • Harper

    LARRY RAY!!!!! Proud of you bro. Gun 1 Out!

  • http://twitter.com/MsVetAmerica1 Denyse S. Gordon

    So proud of these Warriors!!

  • Vanessa

    Good job frank, proud of you! Vanessa