Since I was a midshipman, I have always believed physical fitness is at the core of a military career. From those very first push-ups in boot camp right up to combat in the field, fitness builds teamwork and enhances readiness.
But physical fitness takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to the recovery and rehabilitation of our wounded, ill, and injured troops. It can mean re-learning to walk, to run, to swim – all with the ultimate goal of getting back to an active life of independence.
This week, in Colorado Springs, 200 of our wounded warriors are competing in Warrior Games – a joint effort between the U.S. Olympic committee and the defense department. They will demonstrate not only the benefits of fitness to recovery, but the finest sense of courage after fire.
These brave warrior athletes will compete in nine different sports over four days. As I have repeatedly expressed during my Conversations with the Country, please support the first of hopefully many such games that showcases the astounding ability and spirit of our nation’s wounded warriors.
To those competing in Warrior Games, congratulations on what you’ve already accomplished and I look forward to following your exploits over the next few days.
Good luck out there!