Last week, I traveled west to participate in the opening ceremony of the 2017 DoD Warrior Games in Chicago, June 30 through July 2.
The DoD Warrior Games are an annual event allowing wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans to compete in Paralympic-style sports including track and field, shooting, archery, swimming, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball.
Here are a few trip highlights:
On day one, I visited McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America, and cheered on the athletes participating in seated volleyball.
We started day two at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library. While there, I participated in a panel discussion focused on the recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration of wounded warriors. I discussed Navy Medicine’s efforts to strengthen our partnerships across DoD, industry and academia to maximize the care and support offered to military members and emphasized Navy Medicine’s commitment to providing the highest quality medical care to our wounded warriors and their families.
Afterwards, we arrived at McCormick Field to watch seated basketball where I witnessed first-hand our athlete’s comradery and determination. Go Team Navy!
After the games, we left for Soldier Field for the DoD Warrior Games 2017 opening ceremony. During the ceremony, Team Navy and other military branches and countries were commended for their participation and hard work in preparation for the games.
It was a great honor and privilege to represent the Navy Medicine team and to observe the determination and fighting spirit of every athlete in attendance. I am proud to serve alongside such incredible warriors.