CAMP PENDLETON - Wounded service members are regaining their warrior spirit this week at the 4th annual Marine Corps Trials in Camp Pendleton.
The paralympic-style invitational will see more than 300 athletes—made up of wounded, ill, and injured Marines and international wounded warriors—compete in eight sports including wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. Officials said 10 countries will be represented at the event, which began on Tuesday.
"They're out of the hospitals—they're competing," said Col. Willy Buhl who commands the Wounded Warrior Regiment. "They are somebody there—they're superstars here."
Sgt. Mike Wishnia, who injured his knee in Afghanistan, said the trials also serve as a reunion.
"I've seen guys I knew before I deployed," said the New Jersey native who is competing in track and field. "I didn't even know they were injured. It's good to see them again."
The week-long trials will determine who will compete in the national Warrior Games in May in Colorado.
For more information, visit the Marines Corps Trials website.