Wounded Warriors Softball Players Offer Support To Pediatric Patients

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — For veterans who have lost their limbs in battle, spending even more time at a hospital seems like the last place they’d pick.

But more than anyone, they know the important of personal support.

CBS2’s Steve Overmyer spent the day with a group personifying the word “inspiration.”

In the moments before the Wounded Warriors met with pediatric patients, they took time for reflection, he reports.

“Once you start talking to the kids, they start asking questions. They ask you, ‘How do you do this, or how does that work for you?’ They forget they’re injured and they start talking about how they’re going to live the rest of their life productively,” Wounded Warrior softball player Nick Clark said.

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Wounded warriors prove ‘life without limbs is limitless’

The Newport News police and fire departments competed against the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team in a seven-inning game, April 15, 2017, to raise awareness for the sacrifices and resiliency of the nation’s veterans.

The WWAST is comprised of veterans and active-duty members who lost limbs while serving in the military since 9/11. The members’ amputations range from above the knee to below the elbow, and they hope to educate others that “life without limbs is limitless.”

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The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team will bring their talents to Stoney Run Athletic Complex Saturday when they take on the Newport News first responders.

It’s a doubleheader that starts at noon.

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Williamsburg resident Dan Lopez finds his athleticism with Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team

As a sergeant in the United States Army Infantry, Dan Lopez spent years near danger in places like Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq.

So he says it felt “very ironic” the injury that changed his life occurred when he was hit by a car while changing a tire on the New Jersey Turnpike only nine days after returning safely from Iraq.

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Audience: Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Our studio audience today was from the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team; a team of competitive and athletic veterans and active duty soldiers who tour the nation for outreach and competition..

They’re taking on the Newport News Fire and Police departments this weekend. John Robb and his team from Reach Orthotics and Prosthetics helped make it happen.

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ELKS AT WORK AND AT PLAY

Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge 2444 members along with the South Orange County Veterans Center played a role in the weekend visit of the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) and the ballgame played at Saddleback college. The WWAST represents some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans. These men have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation, and through extensive rehabilitation, they have become competitive athletes again, playing against able-bodied teams in exhibition games across the country.

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