A 40 strong British Armed Forces Team has been selected for the 2015 Warrior Games, this year held in Virginia, USA, as part of their recovery.
The British Team, which is supported by Help for Heroes, will take part in 8 sports across 12 days of competition.
Martin Colclough, Head of Sports Recovery at Help for Heroes said: “We know how important sport is as part of an individual’s recovery, not only does it help physically, sport provides huge psychological benefits too including improving self-confidence and self-esteem. The Warrior Games also provide the opportunity to be part of a team again, something the military often miss after suffering a life-changing injury or illness.”
“The Warrior Games team represents just 40 of our wounded heroes; there are thousands more out there that need our support, for life. We’d encourage anyone who wants to try something new as part of their recovery to get in touch, there’s something on offer for everyone.”
It was the 2013 Warrior Games that inspired Prince Harry to hold a similar event in the UK and the inaugural Invictus Games international sporting event was held in 2014.
The 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games will feature eight sporting events with approximately 200 athletes representing teams from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command and British Armed Forces.
A huge part of an individual’s recovery is to restore and maintain their psychological wellbeing, so all of the activities and programmes at Help for Heroes are specially designed with this in mind. To enhance this all-round support, in 2015 Help for Heroes launched a brand new psychological wellbeing service, Hidden Wounds. The service supports Veterans of any conflict and Armed Forces families living with common mental health problems such as excessive worry, stress or low mood.
Anyone that is wounded, injured or sick military personnel or veteran and in need of support from Help for Heroes can visit our Get Support pages.