Army Warrior Games: Wounded warriors compete to make the team
On a cold day at Fort Belvoir, some of our nation's wounded warriors competed in the qualifying day for the Army Warrior Games.
For Jesse White, who is stationed at Fort Meade and is recovering from back and leg injuries suffered in Iraq, the new normal means events like the shot put, which he did in high school.
He's among more than 60 active duty, reserve, guardsman, and veterans here today competing for a spot on Team Army.
While everyone is competing to be among the 50 who will represent the Army in the Warrior Games later this year, the real prize is just taking a step back into life.
The Warrior Games are similar to the Paralympics, wounded troops compete in a host of events.
Delvin Maston, who has family in Upper Marlboro, competed last year in wheelchair basketball, after losing his leg in Iraq.
"It helps you realize even when you're down and out, the game's not over," he says.
With a field full of those overcoming challenges, strife and struggle--driven by the heart of a warrior and a desire to beat the odds--its a game that'll be playing for a long time to come.