Invictus Games Celebrate Resilience of Wounded Warriors
The 2017 Invictus Games is an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. More than 550 servicemen and women from the United States and 16 allied nations will compete in this year’s games, Sept. 23-30, in Toronto, Canada.
Founded in 2014 by the United Kingdom's Prince Harry ─ a veteran himself ─ the Invictus Games uses the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country. Competitors are active duty and veteran service members who have become ill or injured as a result of their service.
They will participate in 12 adaptive sports, including archery, athletics, indoor rowing, powerlifting, road cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair rugby, and the latest addition to the sports lineup, golf.
Adaptive sports and reconditioning activities help enable healing through a holistic approach throughout the recovery and reintegration process: mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically and most importantly, socially, as service members and veterans share and learn through their common experiences. Wounded warrior programs offered through the Department of Defense work with service members and their medical teams to develop comprehensive recovery plans that address specific recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration goals. Enrollment in the program varies by service branch. To learn more, contact:
- Army: Wounded Warrior call center at 877-393-9058, overseas DSN: 312-221-9113 or email AW2@conus.army.mil
- Marine Corps: Wounded Warrior Regiment call center at 877-487-6299
- Navy (sailors and Coast Guardsmen): Navy Safe Harbor at 877-746-8563 or email email@example.com
- Air Force: Air Force Wounded Warrior Program Office at 800-581-9437 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If a wounded warrior would like help understanding his or her benefits, contact Military OneSource for a free and confidential specialty consultation at 800-342-9647.