Windy City Welcomes Wounded, Ill, and Injured Service Members and Veterans for 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games

According to CityofChicago.org, nearly 40 million people visit the Windy City annually. This year, that number will include 265 wounded, ill, and injured Service members and Veterans, along with families, caregivers, and supporters of the 2017 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games.

From June 30 – July 8, 2017, DoD and the U.S. Navy are partnering with the City of Chicago to host the seventh annual Paralympic-style sports competition that spotlights the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill, and injured Service members and Veterans. This is the first year the Games take place exclusively at publicly-accessible civilian locations, a strategic decision to increase awareness of the Games – and the resilient spirit displayed by America’s warrior athletes.

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Opening Ceremonies are held at Soldier Field for the 2017 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games in Chicago, Ill., July 1, 2017. (DoD photo by Roger L. Wollenberg)

This year, athletes representing the Wounded Warrior Programs of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Special Operations Command are competing alongside Service members and Veterans from the U.K. and Australian Defence Forces, who hope to medal for their home nations.

Over the course of the last year, athletes participated in adaptive sports camps and clinics to earn a spot on their respective teams. These camps and clinics are organized and executed through the DoD Military Adaptive Sports Program, which provides competitive athletic opportunities and adaptive reconditioning activities to wounded, ill, and injured Service members. Participation in adaptive sports and reconditioning activities has demonstrated benefits on physical and mental quality of life, while also encouraging personal growth and achievement as Service members adapt to their new normal.

Events will take place throughout the City of Chicago and are open to the public.

Follow DoD Warrior Care on Twitter @WarriorCare and Facebook @WarriorCare for live coverage of events and competition and track conversations with the hashtag #WarriorGames. View the full schedule of events, team profiles, facts and information, and more at www.dodwarriorgames.com.