Boy With One Arm Wants to Pay It Forward to the Veterans Who Helped Him

December 5th, 2017 by

When Austin Osner was born, he was missing a part of his right arm. Austin, now 12-years-old, has continually had a positive attitude, though.

His goal is to be able to compete in Taekwondo in the 2024 Paralympic Games. Though he is determined, he has struggled with his disability.

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Wounded Warrior Softball Team plays for a cause

October 18th, 2017 by

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team playing for a cause.

The team played a double header on Saturday against the military all-stars from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Dayton Legends at Wright State University’s Nischwitz Stadium.

The games were fundraisers for the new Fisher House being built on the grounds of the Dayton VA Medical Center and Honor Flight Dayton.

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Archdeacon: Ex-Notre Dame star, wounded in Iraq, here for fundraiser

October 18th, 2017 by

Muffet McGraw’s phone rang at 2 a.m.

When the suddenly-awakened Notre Dame women’s basketball coach answered, she heard the voices of her friends, Dave and Eileen Woods.

Big supporters of the Irish women, the couple was in Germany visiting their son, a trauma surgeon at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, who had just begun treating one of McGraw’s standout players, Danielle Green, a left-handed guard who had scored over 1,000 career points, grabbed 500 rebounds and then a few years after college suddenly joined the Army.

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Five questions with Olympic softball star, runner and triathlete Jennie Finch

October 18th, 2017 by

Jennie Finch, the Olympic softball star pitcher who also has competed in marathons and triathlons, will be at Fleet Feet Sports in Greensboro this afternoon as part of a fundraiser with Mizuno’s Project Zero and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The Project Zero Launch Party at Fleet Feet, at 3731 Lawndale Dr., will feature Finch signing autographs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wine, beer and finger foods will be available after the autograph signing.

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Military Amputees Are Using AI to Teach Their Prosthetics How to Move

October 18th, 2017 by

While the military pursues the use of artificial intelligence to design autonomous systems and build better weapons systems, some combat-wounded veterans are using the technology to control prosthetics that can take commands and learn over time.

At the Association of the United States Army annual meeting Monday, Glen Lehman, a former Army sergeant first class, demonstrated how a system built by Coapt Engineering could help him control his prosthetic right arm more naturally and with less muscle strain than other neural-controlled prosthetic devices. Lehman lost his arm during a 2008 deployment to Iraq.

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Mentors on the diamond

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Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball game a big hit at Fox Cities Stadium

September 6th, 2017 by

GRAND CHUTE – The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team was in town for a double header at Fox Cities Stadium Sunday afternoon.


The team consists of veterans and active duty members who have lost limbs with the goal of raising funds for medical research – all while honoring the sacrifices they have made. 

That includes players like Bobby McCardle who served in the Marine Corp and lost his leg in 2007 after stepping on an IED.

“It really does help out,” McCardle said. “I know it first helped me out when I became an amputee to be able to see what is still possible.”

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Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team play in Appleton

September 6th, 2017 by

APPLETON (WLUK) — Fox Cities Stadium has welcomed the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team to play in a double header on Sunday, September 4th.

Members of the WWAST will be competing against a local team, Screwballs, at 10:30 a.m. and will play again at 12:30 p.m. against a team of local celebrities.

FOX 11’s Lauren Kalil was live inside the stadium giving us a preview of the double header.

The WWAST is made up of brave men and women, both veterans and active duty soldiers, from all service branches, who have sustained injuries resulting in amputation.

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WWAST to play former professional athletes

September 6th, 2017 by

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY) - A team of national heroes takes to the field at Fox Cities Stadium on Sunday for a charity softball game. While the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is out to win, it also knows the bigger role the team plays.

Softball player with prosthetic legs

Campbellsport native and war hero Josh Wege, who lost both of his legs in Afghanistan back in 2009, is one of almost 40 members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team. The team and its experience gives these men and woman, injured in combat, a chance to be athletes again.

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This All-Amputee Softball Team is Changing the Way We Think About Treating Trauma

September 6th, 2017 by

As the number of veterans with both physical and psychological injuries balloons, this squad of 11 wounded warriors wards off PTSD by playing a little ball.

On a clear July afternoon, the Warriors softball team walks into Canal Park – a 7,630-seat minor league baseball stadium in Akron, Ohio – in sort of a funk. The squad was just thrashed in a tournament in Brainerd, Minnesota, losing all four games they played. The same ten men and one woman then flew to Akron on five separate flights to take part in a doubleheader today, the first against a “local celebrities” team fronted by the city’s mayor. The Warriors warm up by stretching, tossing high flies on the sunlit outfield, and smacking neon softballs in the underground batting cages below the dugout. But there’s a new concern overtaking the malaise brought on by the exhausting travel and demoralizing losses back in Brainerd: there aren’t enough towels in the locker room.

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