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Wounded Warriors wrap up athletic competition, Fort Gordon wins overall

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Fort Gordon, GA (WFXG) - Medalling in all eight events in a four-day series of strenuous physical activities, Staff Sergeant Anthony Misuraca is taking home more than just silver and gold. Anthony was shot in his left leg, losing 50 percent of his thigh muscle.

"The first year was pretty tough," Anthony said. "There wasn't much I could do. I was in and out of surgeries. You know I had open wounds so I couldn't really get out, get in the water or get on a bike with open sores."

For the past two years, Anthony went back playing sports he loves. He joins nearly 40 other wounded warriors recovering from their injuries in the 2012 Warrior Transition Battalion Games. Soldiers from Fort Benning, Stewart and Jackson competed in swimming, archery cycling, and on the final day hit the hardwood in wheelchair basketball.

 "I think having that drive and competition really elevated my therapy," Anthony said.

The transition games are not only an opportunity for these soldiers to engage in some friendly competition, but they also serve a deeper purpose.

"It helped me mentally to know that someone else is going through the same thing that I'm going through," said Staff Sergeant Willie Hughes. He's visiting from Fort Stewart.

Soldiers say the games allow them to be self-efficient; believing they can shoot for any challenge they face. Since 2011, the covenant trophy has made its home here at Fort Gordon, and it'll stay here after collecting the most points throughout the week. But these soldiers are winning more than just bragging rights.

"At the end of the day it's all about having fun," said Sergeant Major Reginald Wade, commander of the Warrior Transition Battalion. "These soldiers transition and continue their transition to heal, and continue to serve this great nation."

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