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Warrior, survivor care program adaptive sports camp set for Jan. 19-23

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  • By Janis El Shabazz
  • Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
Nearly 100 recovering wounded, ill or injured Airmen and veterans from across the Air Force will train and compete at a four-day Introduction to Warrior Sports Camp Jan. 19-23 at the Rambler Fitness Center.

The camp will introduce participants to athletic activities modified to meet the abilities of injured or ill individuals to enhance their recovery.

Twenty-two caregivers and 10 mentors will be on hand to help participants navigate a series of sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, softball, archery, shooting, swimming, cycling and track and field. Camp organizers will also provide a career readiness and employment fair and wounded warrior caregiver education sessions.

"Participation in adaptive sports provides a lifeline for wounded warriors," said Steve Otero, Air Force Wounded Warrior Program communications and marketing coordinator. "These activities allow them to be around other people who know what it's like to be hurt or sick. After the games some call the programs 'life-affirming,' for showing them that there is light at the end of the tunnel."

For many competitors, this will be the first training event before the 2015 Air Force Trials, Feb. 27-March 6 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The trials are used to identify which athletes will be selected to compete in the Air Force Team in the Warrior Games in mid-2015.

For more information about this and other programs for wounded, ill or injured Airmen, visit For information about other personnel issues, go to myPers at Air Force retirees who do not have a myPers account can find instructions to create an account at

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