2012 Warrior Games Open

First lady Michelle Obama and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, applaud during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 30.The 2012 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs officially opened Monday and among those paying tribute to the wounded warrior athletes were First Lady Michelle Obama and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The athletes are a reminder of what service members have endured during ten years of war, and of the ability of wounded warriors to lead successful lives after returning home, Dempsey told the American Forces Press Service.

“What they provide us is an incredible example by what they do to overcome their disabilities,” he said. “… They are resetting their lives, really, and to the rest of the force that’s also over ten years of war and deployments and different stresses and strains who might on occasion wonder can they really reinvent themselves as we all have to do at some point in our lives . . . I think they are an incredible inspiration to what is possible.”

More than 200 competitors representing the four services and the Coast Guard are taking part in the games.

“Every one of them has a different set of challenges, as do their families,” Dempsey said. “It’s a great opportunity for me, as the chairman, to kind of build my understanding of those challenges but also, importantly, to thank the young men and women and their families and the organizations that are supporting them.”

The Warrior Games will run through May 5.

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