More than 100 military veterans injured in combat and others hurt away from the battlefield will take part in a week-long event in San Diego.
The fourth annual Veterans Affairs Summer Sports Clinic will be held in San Diego from Sept. 18-23.
"It changed my life," said former Army Specialist Simon Jackson of Spring Valley, who lost the use of his legs in a freak accident while he was stationed in Germany in 2001.
"The only time I would leave the house was for doctor's appointments. I didn't want to see people and I didn't want them to see me," Jackson said.
Everything changed in his life is when he went to the clinic, which is a week-long series of events like track and field, surfing and cycling where wounded warriors, divided into teams, compete with one another.
"It showed me that if they can do it, I can do it, but it also renewed feelings and emotions of belonging. It wasn't like being back in the Army, but it was close to it," he said.
Jackson will join 110 wounded warriors and their families who are headed to San Diego from all over the country to take part in the event.
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