Air Force veteran uses sports to adapt and overcome

Posted by qmtroy on February 14, 2015 at 5:55 AM

Senior Airman David Cooper


JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas - “I suffered a traumatic brain injury and shrapnel hit my ankle.”


Staff Sgt. Melissa Gonzalez, a medically retired veteran, was a member of the 60th Security Forces Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and was thrown from her team’s Humvee when they struck an improvised explosive device while deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan, in 2009.


Gonzalez was one of many veterans and service members who had the opportunity to travel to JBSA-Randolph, Texas, for the Air Force Warrior and Survivor Care Division Adaptive Sports and Reconditioning Camp. Service members partook in different sporting events, such as track and field, wheel chair basketball, archery and swimming, to help them recover from injuries or illnesses sustained both on duty and off duty.


“I’m trying to find a new norm,” said Gonzalez. “I’ve never been to a camp like this where I can still participate in almost all of the events, while overcoming my physical disabilities.”


“It’s motivated me to continue reaching out to find places to swim and find more adaptive equipment, so that I can train and do more physical activities,” says Gonzalez." target="_blank">Read entire Article

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Reply Cori K
9:15 AM on March 25, 2015 
How do you report her falsely claiming all of this??? I was deployed with her...she NEVER went on a convoy or off base! She was a maligerer, had to be sent home and kicked out and was never a Staff Sergeant!
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