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25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world's most inspiring competition

Since 2010, The Warrior Games has allowed wounded warriors from each military branch to compete in Olympic style games each year. This year's games are being held at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. from June 19-28. By utilizing the therapeutic power of sports, the games enable wounded, ill, and injured service members to showcase their athletic abilities.


Here are 25 photos that show why this event is one of the most inspiring in the world.

1. The Warrior Games are attended by senior government and military leadership such as former Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (center) and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno. 

Photo: Army Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade

2. There is an elaborate opening ceremony complete with the lighting of the cauldron to mark the beginning of the games.

Photo: Air Force Tech. Sgt. Heather Kelly

3. Warrior athletes make up 6 teams including Army ...

Photo: U.S. Army

4. Air Force,

Photo: U.S. Air Force

5. Marine Corps,

6. Navy / Coast Guard,

Photo: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Katherine Hofman

7. Special Operations Command (SOCOM),

Photo: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Devon Suits

8. And British Armed Forces.

Photo: U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jonathan K. Reitzel

9. The crowd is packed with family, friends, and caregivers of the competitors.

Photo: Marine Corps Cpl. Jonathan K. Reitzel

10. You are literally watching the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded warriors taking place.

11. It's also chance to see the long standing rivalry between military services.

Photo: Marine Corps

12. Events include archery ...

Photo: U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Carson Gramley

13. Wheelchair Basketball,

Photo: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault

14. And Cycling.

Photo: US Army

15. Then there are Field events such as seated shot put, standing shot put, seated discus, and standing discus.

Photo: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman

16. There's track and field ...

Photo: Jennifer Spradlin

17. Shooting,

Photo: Navy Lt. Michael Fallon

18. Sitting Volleyball,

Photo: U.S. Marine Corps

19. Swimming,

Photo: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kaily Brown

20. And Wheelchair Rugby.

Photo: Joshua Sheppard

21. There's even exhibition games that dignitaries and Olympic champions will play in, like Prince Harry of Wales and 3 time Olympic gold medalist Misty May Treanor.

Photo: Tyler Main

22. Beautiful medals are awarded to competitors.

23. Individual competitors can rack up medals.

24. And the team with the overall best performance is awarded the 'Chairman's Cup.'

Photo: Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp

25. No matter what the result, there is a powerful spirit of camaraderie.

Photo: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman

To learn more about the games, visit the Warrior Games website here.

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