Once a year, the Warrior Games bring together wounded, injured, and ill servicemen and servicewomen to compete in multiple sporting events, including archery, cycling, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball. Organized by the Department of Defense, the 2016 games were held at West Point in June and hosted by comedian Jon Stewart. According to Military Times, it was Stewart’s third military-related gig in three months, and it was evident in his opening speech that the former Daily Show host’s admiration for veterans is both genuine and personal.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined President Barack Obama, the first lady, and the British royal family in some pre-Invictus Game trash talk on May 2. The Invictus Games are an international sporting event for sick or injured military veterans and service members.
Athletes, friends, and family gathered at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, this week to attend the 2015 Warrior Games, where men and women from all branches came to compete against one another in an array of sports. Like all committed athletes, they trained and prepared for their chosen events, kept to strict diets, and intense regimens. Unlike other competitions, every athlete at the Warrior Games has or continues to serve their country, and was seriously wounded or injured, since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.