Greg Reynolds is a former classmate of mine. He was one of the hardest working students, but wasn’t afraid to have some fun too. His great sense of humor was proven unparalleled in the way he accepted his diploma at graduation this year.
For many, celebrating Memorial Day involves grilling out and watching baseball. But the primary focus of the holiday, remembering those who have died while serving our country, cannot be forgotten.
The Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team brings both of those together. There’s nothing more American than serving in the United States military and playing America’s pastime, right?
In honor of the upcoming holiday, MLB Network put together a video about the team. It explains how the club formed and shares some of the stories of the veterans who make up the team.
Matias Ferreira is proof that with the right kind of help, veterans can adjust back to civilian life.
Some days he wears the legs with the American flags. There’s an American flag sticker on his motorcycle, too, and another on his truck. Plus an American flag patch on his softball uniform, an American flag tattooed on his muscular right arm, and one hanging from the front porch of his house — where his wife and young daughter are still sleeping inside.
The clock reads 4 a.m. Sitting on the edge of the bed, he slips on polyurethane liners — like big socks or cushions — around his knees, up to his thighs. Then, he fastens on the prosthetic legs and eases his way around the room to make sure they’re comfortable.
See it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPmtlRpwGDk
The blast from an improvised explosive device in Iraq cost him his leg and his purpose. Jonathan Herst begged his fellow soldiers to kill him. And when he finally emerged from surgeries and years of grueling rehab, he shuttered himself at home to avoid social interaction.
Today, the 37-year-old Herst has found new purpose thanks to The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, for which he plays first and third bases and helps the squad help others.
Going to war is one of the most selfless things someone can do, and the lasting scars are both physical and mental. This edition of Pay It 4ward is about a local woman who is making sure the heroes returning from war get the respect and gratitude they deserve.
When most of us see a veteran, we shake their hand, salute them and thank them for their service. But Toni Ramsey wanted to do more.
“My dad was a wounded warrior before the wounded warrior tag was put on disabled veterans,” she said. “He fought for them to get their benefits after he was disabled. We did things like bingo, and I think that’s where I get it from. Watching him suffer was the hardest thing.”
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque is hosting one of the most popular teams in the country this weekend.
The Wounded Warrior amputee softball team is in town competing in the Ramsey Charitable Trust’s Pay It Forward tournament against local players.
Organizers say it took two years to get the team here.
Players on the Wounded Warrior team say getting on the field is huge for them.
You might remember the team was here four years ago, playing in an exhibition at Isotopes Park against Bryan Cranston and the cast of “Breaking Bad.”
They are mostly Army vets, with a couple of Air Force and Marines thrown in. The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, or WWAST, was thrown together by fate. They barnstorm around the country, playing softball against local teams, working to inspire and educate others while enhancing the health and welfare of soldiers who have lost arms or legs in combat.
On Saturday evening, they came to North Collier Regional Park to take on the North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District first responders, and then the Collier County Senior Softball team.
Each regular member of the team lost a limb fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan, and each has been able to continue playing the game they love. For Danielle Green, it’s a game she is still getting used to. She played basketball for the University of Notre Dame, then went to Iraq with the U.S. Army.
By the way Josh Wege swings the bat, you’d never guess he’s missing both legs.
Wege is one of about 30 players that make up the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team, an organization raising awareness for combat-wounded veterans – and helping those who play heal.
“We’re out there to show the world what the military spirit is,” Wege said. “Especially in Naples where there’s a lot of vets in the crowd we just want to embody that doughboy spirit that they showed. We want to make them proud and show that the fight is still there.”