West Point is honored to host the 2016 Department of Defense Warrior Games, an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans.
During the next several days, athletes from all branches of the Armed Forces, U.S. Special Operations Command and the United Kingdom Armed Forces will compete in a variety of sporting events throughout post.
About a block away from the Capitol in Washington DC is a relatively new memorial, dedicated to our nation’s wounded warriors. This memorial includes several quotes from wounded veterans. One quote in particular, is pretty powerful:
“It’s not what you lost that counts – it’s what you do with what’s left.”
The Warrior Games celebrate ability and the drive to overcome adversity. They showcase the resilient spirit of these warrior-athletes and symbolize to all wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans that individuals can recover from serious injury or illness and lead fulfilling, productive and inspiring lives.
These warrior-athletes, who at one time answered their nation’s call to service, exemplify the very best of our military services and our nation. They embody the resiliency, discipline, mental and physical toughness to overcome adversity and achieve their goals.
As they compete on the “fields of friendly strife,” they will show the world their indomitable spirit, their sportsmanship, their desire to excel, their tenacity, and most importantly, their strength of character.
Thank you to the family members, caregivers, service members, communities and organizations whose support to these athletes has been essential throughout their recovery and rehabilitation process and continue to cheer them on as they compete in these games.
I also want to thank the sponsors, those supporting this event and the hundreds of volunteers for making the Warrior Games a reality for all the athletes and their families.
I encourage all of you to come out, show your support and cheer on these amazing athletes. I promise you’ll be inspired!
Best of luck to all the teams and here’s to a very successful games!
Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr.