SAN ANTONIO, Texas — For Lorraine Currow, serving within the army gave her a goal. She spent 21 years within the Navy and the Coast Guard, however a extreme injury in 2013 left her in ache and uncertain what to do subsequent. She was unloading tools from a vessel when she fell, struggling a spinal cord injury that impacted her left leg and brought on two herniated discs.
“I used to be attempting my hardest to discover a ache administration program,” stated YN1 (Ret.) Currow. “Via that course of, I met someone on the soldier restoration unit, and he modified every little thing for me.”
She received concerned with the Military Restoration Care Program, the place her ardour for weightlifting and powerlifting solely grew. Then she started competing within the Navy Wounded Warrior Program’s adaptive sporting occasions.
“They discovered that I used to be retiring with the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard truly falls below the Navy staff for the Warrior Video games,” stated Currow. “They stated you actually ought to check out. Each service has their very own alternative to tug one male and one feminine for final champion, so I truly might be competing as final champion for the Navy staff.”
Currow can be competing in a number of different sporting occasions on the 2022 Division of Protection Warrior Video games in Orlando, together with biking, discipline, indoor rowing and swimming, along with final champion. The DoD Warrior Video games have a good time the resiliency and dedication of wounded, ailing and injured lively obligation and veteran U.S. army service members.
Currow’s lengthy restoration has additionally impressed her to present again to different wounded warriors. She now works as an adaptive reconditioning program specialist at Brooke Military Medical Facilities Soldier Restoration Unit in San Antonio.
“I wish to do that job. I wish to be there for these service members,” stated Currow. “I need them to have this connection the place someone understands what they are going by means of. They find yourself principally changing into part of your loved ones.”
The DoD Warrior Video games are being hosted on the ESPN Extensive World of Sports activities Complicated on the Walt Disney World Resort from Aug. 19-28. Disney is the dad or mum firm of ABC Localish. To study extra in regards to the DoD Warrior Video games, click on right here.