Monthly Archives: January 2015

Warrior Games 2014

In September Sean spent two weeks in Colorado Springs training with Team Army at the Olympic Training Center before competing in the Warrior Games. He trained in various track and field events and tandem cycling with pilot Greg Miller.

Sean earned a silver medal in tandem cycling, bronze medal in the 100 meter dash, silver in the 200 meter dash, and a gold medal in the 1500 meter run.

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Sean and Duncan with gold medals from 1500 meter run

Warrior Games September

Sean and Greg Miller tandem racing

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Army shotput team

 

Check out these links for additional information, interviews with Sean, and video footage.

US Army Warrior Transition Command

http://www.wtc.army.mil/

https://www.facebook.com/ArmyWTC

US Paralympics–Team USA

http://www.teamusa.org/warriorgames/

Warrior Games

https://www.facebook.com/WarriorGames

2014 Warrior Games–Cycling Competition

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=FuLefPFkdBc

Competing at the Warrior Games

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoZLGqTWfKE

Warrior Games keep blind vet in touch with Army

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2014/09/30/games-keep-blind-vet-touch-army/16465753/

Aberdeen man riding into history

http://www.aberdeennews.com/sports/column-aberdeen-man-riding-into-history/article_793d3b7e-2abb-5f5f-9232-b894181314e7.html

Warrior Games possible in Aberdeen veteran’s future

http://m.aberdeennews.com/news/local/warrior-games-possible-in-aberdeen-veteran-s-future/article_a36ed51a-a459-5a69-8e3c-ace5b47e3777.html?mode=jqm

Local veteran to compete in Warrior Games this fall

http://m.aberdeennews.com/news/local/local-veteran-to-compete-in-warrior-games-this-fall/article_0b08cf47-338c-513c-a734-4faf1f935137.html?mode=jqm

Staff Sgt. Sean Johnson – 2014 Warrior Games

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/363748/staff-sgt-sean-johnson-2014-warrior-games#.VCw52_ldWSo

‘You may be Wounded, Ill or Injured but You’re not Defeated,’ tandem cyclist says at US Army Warrior Trials
http://www.dvidshub.net/news/133430/you-may-wounded-ill-injured-but-youre-not-defeated-tandem-cyclist-says-us-army-warrior-trials#.U-qb4vldWSr

Vision impairment won’t stop wounded veteran at Warrior Games Trials
http://www.dvidshub.net/news/133094/vision-impairment-wont-stop-wounded-veteran-warrior-games-trials#.U-qbbfldWSr


23 Lives a Day

22 veterans +1 active duty service member take their lives every day. 23 lives a day, by their own hands.

One veteran takes his or her own life *EVERY 65 MINUTES* in this country. In the time it takes you to watch a television show or eat a meal, one veteran takes his or her own life.

It’s important to note that this statistic, while shocking, includes data from only 21 states and from veterans who are receiving VA care.  It does not include National Guard and  Reserve populations ( the majority of those deployed  to Iraq and Afghanistan were NG/R).  It does not include homeless veterans or suicides that may appear to be accidents (drunk driving accidents or overdoses). The actual statistic could realistically be 44 or 66 a day.

Tonight, my heart is heavy with the knowledge of one such veteran and the family of four he left behind. His wife is a dear friend of mine. We’ve had the opportunity to meet on more than one occasion–to hug, laugh, and cry together. This family has selflessly fought for and assisted numerous  veterans while simultaneously navigating and battling frustrating systems for themselves.

You can make a difference in many ways. Say “thank you” to the veterans you know, or those you meet. Learn about issues affecting our nation’s veterans. Find out how you can get involved locally by contacting veterans organizations (VFW, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans), churches, VA hospitals, or nursing homes. Visit http://www.familyofavet.com or http://www.facebook.com/lifeaftercombat to learn more about those who serve our country and the families that stand beside them. Share this information and help us raise awareness. Veterans make up approximately 1% of the US population–we can’t get this information out without your help.

If you would like to help this family by making a donation (100% of your tax-deductible donation will go directly to the family) please use the link below.

http://tinyurl.com/FOV-TN-Family

Need help? Contact the Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, or send a text message to 838255. http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

Friends and family members can call 888-823-7458 to get help assisting the veteran. http://www.mirecc.va.gov/coaching/