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Veterans Summer Sports Clinic helping heal invisible wounds

Posted: 5:30 PM, Sep 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-20 00:33:27Z

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Veterans who've suffered life-altering injuries are in San Diego for a week-long journey. 

Put on by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic exposes veterans to recreation and sports activities they might have once thought out of reach.

Assisted by adaptive sports therapists and rehabilitation professionals, veterans participate in adaptive archery, surfing, sailing, kayaking, and cycling.

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“This program saves lives, it actually saves lives, truly," says Yoneka Trent, an Army Veteran.

Trent was a military police officer, spending 18-hour days in boots, marching, walking, and running. She went from having high arches to flat feet after serving, leading to an ankle fusion and other leg complications.

“I really wish someone had shared their story with me before September 2017. If I had known there were options like recreational therapy, I don’t think I would have tried to end my life," said Trent. "Recreational therapy has been a God-send, it has saved my life."

Trent is now sharing her story in hopes to help other veterans struggling.