14 September 2014

The Invictus Games

I've been following the Invictus Games this week, watching the results and how Team USA is doing. If you're unfamiliar, the games are

"an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women. Teams will come from the armed forces of nations that have served alongside each other. The Games will use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country. The event, which is championed by Prince Harry, will be a celebration of resilience and passion. 

The Games will shine a spotlight on Armed Forces personnel and veterans who have put their lives on the line for their country demonstrating how they and their families are valued, respected and supported. For competitors, it will offer a memorable, inspiring and energising experience in their journey of recovery. Over 400 competitors from 13 nations will take part in the Invictus Games."
(from the IG website)

I also have been interested because a friend is there: Major Richard "Trainwreck" Burkett - we were in the same squadron from 2009-2010 - and he won gold this week in archery, specifically compound bow. He was involved in an aviation mishap in Morocco in March 2012 and ended up at Walter Reed in Bethesda, where, completely coincidentally, my sister was assigned as his family liaison for a time. I remember several conversations we had during his recovery as well as what he was hoping to do next in the Corps. I am incredibly proud of him for his determination as well as am immensely grateful that the games have given him the chance to do something he loves.

At the rounds (photo: Victoria Long)
Medal ceremony - Maj Burkett is on the right. (photo: IG website)
Shooting at an earlier competition in support of fallen SEAL,
CPO C. Campbell  (photo LCpl Jackeline M. Perez Rivera) 
The USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment's Facebook page has been covering the games and Team USA in depth. Take a look if you get a chance. Humbling and inspiring and another reason for me to have undertaken this fundraising endeavor.

(Just another reminder for me how essential organizations like the Semper Fi Fund, MARSOC Foundation as well as the USMC WWR are in aiding those who have been injured in service and how they assist in getting those Marines and Sailors back to their lives. As a reminder, you can donate here to help support these organizations. No amount is too small.) 

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