Wounded Warriors Set to Compete at Fort Bragg


More than 90 Army athletes will compete on Fort Bragg this week in trials meant to show that soldiers can overcome their injuries.

Wounded warriors from the East Coast will participate in the 2015 Warrior Games Regional Trials, according to officials.

Capt. Chase Standifer, operations officer for the Fort Bragg Warrior Transition Battalion, said the soldiers will compete in eight events in an attempt to earn a place at the national Warrior Games competition in June.

The Fort Bragg games start Monday and end Friday, Standifer said.

It's the first time in the game's history that Fort Bragg will play host to a regional.

Eleven of the event's competitors will come from Fort Bragg's Warrior Transition Battalion.

They'll compete in a series of events that include archery, shooting, swimming and track and field.

"It should be a fun event," Standifer said. "Just because they're wounded, that doesn't stop them."

Some of the competitors may be visually impaired or missing limbs.

But each has already beat out competitors at the local level to come to the regional event.

"There is just everything imaginable that these guys are overcoming," he said.

The public is welcome to cheer on the competitors.

Events will be held on and off Fort Bragg, Standifer said.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office and Reid Ross Classical School are among those in Fayetteville providing space for the competition. Others in the community have donated bottled water and food for the soldiers competing.

"Everybody has been very supportive," Standifer said.

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