Sgt. Cogen T. Nelson from Clermont, Fla., rides with the Marine Corps flag during cycling practice for the 2012 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 28. Nelson, a second-time participant in the games, will be competing for the Ultimate Champion title. The Warrior Games is a competition between wounded warriors from all military branches and includes swimming, track and field, cycling, shooting, archery, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball. The 2012 Warrior Games will run from May 1 through May 5.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wetzel)
Marines with the Wounded Warrior Regiment line up to shoot during archery practice at the 2012 Marine Corps Trials at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. More than 300 injured Marines, veterans and allies, are competing in the second annual Trials, which includes swimming, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, track and field, archery, cycling and shooting. The top 50 performing Marines will earn the opportunity to compete in the Wounded Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., in May.
I don’t ever remember wanting to hurt myself. … Military members are expected to shoulder many hard and difficult things, and many sometimes haven’t yet learned how to deal with some of those things … just knowing that it is acceptable to ask for help or to open up and talk about it is very important.
Army veteran Micheal K. Strong, a member of the U.S. Paralympic Team who participated in the 2011 Warrior Games this May.