Wounded warriors from the U.S. Marine Corps and eight other countries gathered at Camp Pendleton to compete in sports ranging from archery and wheelchair basketball to volleyball and swimming. Sgt. Kaleb Weakley, 23, who was shot in the leg and biceps in Afghanistan a year ago, said the games are about more than competition. “It’s just kind of getting me back to being normal,” said Weakley, whose femur was shattered by a sniper’s bullet. “It teaches you to come back to the basics and just let everything that you know and are familiar with — just let it go and start over.”
These men are some of the braver you will ever see. Their sacrifice is en enduring reminder of not only their courageous acts but of the country they’ve served and protected against often terrible odds. The marines competing aren’t letting limits and handicaps dictate their life, they’re pursuing it with a passion and relentless vigor.
And there is just something so unspeakably beautiful about that.