Wounded Warrior Games at Schofield Barracks, Nov. 6-16
More than 150 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans will participate in the Pacific Regional Trials/Games 2018, a wounded warrior sports competition, that will take place Nov. 6-16, at Schofield Barracks, on Oʻahu. The games are hosted by Tripler Army Medical Center’s ‘Warrior Transition Battalion,’ known as WTB-Hawaiʻi.
Participants will come from across the Pacific, Atlantic and Central regions of the United States to compete in 12 adaptive sporting events for a chance to progress to the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games and possibly the International Invictus Games.
The Pacific Regional Wounded Warrior Trials/Games 2018 coincides with November’s Military Observance of ‘Warrior Care Month,’ which recognizes Soldiers undergoing rehabilitative care throughout the year.
Warrior athletes in the competition participate in a number of events to include archery, cycling, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, wheelchair basketball, track and field, and new this year, powerlifting, indoor rowing, wheelchair tennis, and golf.
The Trials showcase the resiliency of Soldiers and the importance of adaptive reconditioning, which helps wounded, ill and injured Soldiers physically, emotionally, socially and psychologically while empowering them to remain resilient.
Warrior care is an enduring responsibility and military medical facilities provide some of the most advanced medical care available to enable wounded warriors to live healthy, active lives.
“We expect this year to be the best Trials yet for our Wounded Warriors. We have all 14 Warrior Transition Battalions coming to Hawaiʻi this year. These Trial competitions demonstrate the importance of the Warrior Care and Transition Program in the recovery and transition of wounded, ill and injured Soldiers. The Trials competition is a chance for our wounded, ill and injured Soldiers to show their resiliency and how they are capable of overcoming any challenge,” said Warrior Transition Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Erik Kjonnerod.