Wounded warriors get competitive at Schofield Barracks

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On this Veterans Day, some wounded warriors got a chance to test their skills at Schofield Barracks.

More than 150 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans from across the Pacific, Atlantic and Central regions of the United States are competing for a chance to progress to the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games and possibly the International Invictus Games.

“It’s about competition, but it’s also about healing and gaining your confidence back,” said retired Army captain Tim Bomke. “You get to come out here, test yourself, with the goal being hey, can I make the Army trials? Then if I’m successful there, if I train and work hard enough, can I make it to the Warrior Games?”

Athletes compete in a variety of sports, including archery, cycling, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, wheelchair basketball, track and field, and new this year, powerlifting, indoor rowing, wheelchair tennis, and golf.

Monday’s events featured the track and field finals.

The Pacific Regional Trials/Games 2018 is hosted by Tripler Army Medical Center’s Warrior Transition Battalion and runs through Nov. 16.

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