This past month, Chris McGinnis and Brent Garlic represented Team Army and The Extra Mile Foundation at the Wounded Warrior Games. Both were a part of the three-time defending gold medal wheelchair basketball team and performed extremely well in their individual events. We are extremely proud of their results which came from the hard work they put in, as well as the sustained effort from the support team they had behind them.
The Warrior Games is an annual competition hosted by the Department of Defense which allows wounded veterans from all branches of service and foreign allied forces to compete and demonstrate their athletic strength and mental fortitude through physical events. Described by the head of the Warrior Care and Transition Program:
“[The Warrior Games] guides and transitions our Veterans towards a healthy and successful lifestyle that provides purpose, meaning, and security for them and their families.”
-Colonel Matthew G. St Laurent, MEDCOM Chief of Staff, Warrior Care and Transition
Our team at The Extra Mile Foundation was fortunate to have been a part of this effort by supporting our two veterans with flights to and from the games. However, we could not have accomplished this mission without the help of Service First Jewelry who graciously contributed to cover the fees and taxes on the award flights we booked. Albert Vallejos, owner of Service First Jewelry and a veteran himself, demonstrated the Army value of selfless service by prioritizing community service. Thank you Service First Jewelry and to our individual donors who have supported our organization with monetary donations or in kind donations. Your generosity has made a real difference!