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Warrior Wednesday: Taking a Look Back

Warrior Wednesday: Taking a Look Back

With the Valor Games Midwest taking place next week (August 20-22), our Warrior Wednesday Series comes to a close this week. Instead of profiling another military veteran, we thought it would be appropriate to take a look back and re-call some of the great stories we heard from our military veterans competing in this year’s

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Warrior Wednesday: Staff Sergeant Jason Wakefield

Warrior Wednesday: Staff Sergeant Jason Wakefield

Throughout our Warrior Wednesday series, we have learned a great deal about some of the athletes competing in the 2014 Valor Games Midwest. Their stories of courage, dedication, and adversity have been compelling and eye-opening. Each week, we gain a better understanding of the positive impact that adaptive sports and the Valor Games Midwest has

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Warrior Wednesday: LT Rickey Bennett

Warrior Wednesday: LT Rickey Bennett

Our Warrior Wednesday series continues this week with Lieutenant Rickey Bennett. LT Bennett served eleven years in the Navy, serving in Kuwait and Iraq. While on active duty in Iraq, Bennett suffered a TBI (Trauatic Brain Injury) from multiple bombs and explosions. It changed his life. From his injuries, he became a shell of his

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Warrior Wednesday: HM1 Donald Davis

Warrior Wednesday: HM1 Donald Davis

Over the past several weeks, our Warrior Wednesday series has shined a light on the incredible stories of athletes competing in the Valor Games Midwest.  These military veterans all share a common bond: Each competitor has endured injuries and disabilities sustained during active duty or while with the military. This week’s edition of Warrior Wednesday showcases

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Warrior Wednesday: SFC Michael Grant

Warrior Wednesday: SFC Michael Grant

Our Warrior Wednesday series continues this week with the uplifting story of Sergeant First Class Michael Grant. Sergeant Grant’s life dramatically changed after a cell-phone detonated IED bomb exploded while he was on patrol. In a matter of seconds, Grant, a former athlete and a man who was always in the best of shape, no

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Warrior Wednesday: Specialist Justin Howton

Warrior Wednesday: Specialist Justin Howton

In previous Warrior Wednesday editions, we highlighted military veterans with extensive experience participating in the Valor Games Midwest. This week’s Warrior Wednesday features Specialist Justin “JBob” Howton, who will be participating in the Valor Games for the first time, come August 20-22. Specialist Howton served in the Army for over eight years. He has been to

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Warrior Wednesday: Sgt. Lorena “Donna” Pratt

Warrior Wednesday: Sgt. Lorena “Donna” Pratt

Sgt. Lorena “Donna” Pratt had to find, as she put it, a “new normal”. She needed a way to find meaning and purpose in her life again. A serious spinal cord injury suffered in Iraq forced Sergeant Pratt to medically retire from the military after 14 years. Now, with multiple lower body injuries to cope

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Intern Perspectives: Gina Dacy on Veterans Charity Challenge

Intern Perspectives: Gina Dacy on Veterans Charity Challenge

I am so excited to be working as a development intern at World Sport Chicago, and it is an honor for me to be focusing on the fundraising aspect of the Valor Games Midwest. Right now we are in the midst of the Veterans Charity Challenge, an online fundraising campaign through CrowdRise. The founders of

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Warrior Wednesday: Tech Sgt. Israel Del Toro

Warrior Wednesday: Tech Sgt. Israel Del Toro

In this week’s Warrior Wednesday, Valor Games Midwest athlete, Air Force Tech Sgt. Israel Del Toro, embodies the meaning of Valor in his story of overcoming extreme adversity. Del Toro, known as “DT” by his friends, was a JTAC (Joint Terminal Attack Controller) attached to an Army unit to call in airstrikes in Afghanistan. On December 4, 2005,

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Warrior Wednesday: Sgt. Andrew McCaffrey

Warrior Wednesday: Sgt. Andrew McCaffrey

Our first veteran to be featured in our weekly “Warrior Wednesday” piece is Andrew McCaffrey. Sergeant McCaffrey defines the word “valor”. He is a former Marine and Green Beret having served in the United States’ armed forces for more than twenty years. While on active duty in Afghanistan, a grenade detonated, causing Sergeant McCaffrey to lose his

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