DoD Warrior Games Profile – SrA Heather Carter

DoD Warrior Games Profile – SrA Heather Carter


So I actually was injured here, eight
years ago at Buckley Air Force Base. I played softball at the Air Force, was
running to first base in 2010, and I suffered a tib-fib plateau closed
fracture, which led to about four-and-a -half years of limb salvage and I elected
in October of 14 to become an above-the-knee amputee. For me, I was
always an athlete, so that was the biggest problem I had when I became
injured was that being taken away. And then a friend of mine, Sebastiana Lopez,
who competed for the 2016 Air Force team at the West Point Academy, she’s the one that
kind of pulled me into the program for the Eglin introductory camp. And ever
since then, I’ve been a part of this family and then I was able to have the
privilege of competing with the Air Force for the 2017 Warrior Games and
then this year as well, I get to continue with that family. Representing the Air
Force at the Warrior Games allows me not only to still feel like I’m part of that
family, because after the injury, you know, you tend to feel as though you’ve been kind
of discarded from the service. You’ve lost that camaraderie, you lost that sister and that
brotherhood. And then coming to these types of games, it allows that
person to really gain a purpose in life again and to feel like they’re still
part of that Air Force family, just in a different aspect. And the Warrior Games
allows each member from each branch, to continue having that, that hope that
courage, the competitive strength, determination, to really keep pushing
through life to not let that battle win and to succeed. Because hope is the
biggest thing that drives us to continue finding a purpose in life.

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