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Pentagon holds 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament

The Air Force competes against the Navy for 3rd place during the 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament Navy Nov. 20, 2014, at the Pentagon Athletic Club.  The one-day tournament is designed to bring awareness to the challenges of the wounded, ill or injured population. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

The Air Force competes against the Navy for 3rd place during the 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament Navy Nov. 20, 2014, at the Pentagon Athletic Club. The one-day tournament is designed to bring awareness to the challenges of the wounded, ill or injured population. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

Staff Sgt. Melissa Moreau serves the volleyball during the 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament Nov. 20, 2014, at the Pentagon Athletic Club.  In conjunction with Warrior Care Month, wounded warriors from each service's warrior transition units, as well as U.S. Special Operations Command, participated in the tournament. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

Staff Sgt. Melissa Moreau serves the volleyball during the 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament Nov. 20, 2014, at the Pentagon Athletic Club. In conjunction with Warrior Care Month, wounded warriors from each service's warrior transition units, as well as U.S. Special Operations Command, participated in the tournament. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

Airmen from the Air Force Wounded Warrior Adaptive Sports Program huddle up before facing their opponent, the U.S. Marines, during the 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament Nov. 20, 2014, at the Pentagon Athletic Club. The Airmen are part of a fellowship of athletes, volunteers and coaches who use athletic reconditioning to help rehabilitate wounded, ill and seriously injured Airmen.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

Airmen from the Air Force Wounded Warrior Adaptive Sports Program huddle up before facing their opponent, the U.S. Marines, during the 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament Nov. 20, 2014, at the Pentagon Athletic Club. The Airmen are part of a fellowship of athletes, volunteers and coaches who use athletic reconditioning to help rehabilitate wounded, ill and seriously injured Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

Retired Tech. Sgt. Keith Sekora receives a kiss from his dog, Pintler, during the 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament Nov. 20, 2014, at the Pentagon Athletic Club.  In conjunction with Warrior Care Month, wounded warriors from each service's warrior transition units, as well as U.S. Special Operations Command, participated in the tournament. Sekora received a Silver Medal for Compound Team Archery in the Warrior Games 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

Retired Tech. Sgt. Keith Sekora receives a kiss from his dog, Pintler, during the 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament Nov. 20, 2014, at the Pentagon Athletic Club. In conjunction with Warrior Care Month, wounded warriors from each service's warrior transition units, as well as U.S. Special Operations Command, participated in the tournament. Sekora received a Silver Medal for Compound Team Archery in the Warrior Games 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

Retired Staff Sgt. Nicholas Dadgostar, talks about strategies with one of the volleyball coaches during 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament Nov. 20, 2014, at the Pentagon Athletic Club.  Warrior Care Month was established in 2008, when former Secretary of Defense Robert F. Gates declared it would be a "DOD effort aimed at increasing awareness of programs and resources available to wounded, ill and injured service members, their families, and those who care for them."  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

Retired Staff Sgt. Nicholas Dadgostar, talks about strategies with one of the volleyball coaches during 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament Nov. 20, 2014, at the Pentagon Athletic Club. Warrior Care Month was established in 2008, when former Secretary of Defense Robert F. Gates declared it would be a "DOD effort aimed at increasing awareness of programs and resources available to wounded, ill and injured service members, their families, and those who care for them." (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

Retired Tech. Sgt. Ketih Sekora relaxes on the volleyball court before a match during the 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament Nov. 20, 2014, at the Pentagon Athletic Club.  The one-day tournament is designed to bring awareness to the challenges of the wounded, ill or injured population. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

Retired Tech. Sgt. Ketih Sekora relaxes on the volleyball court before a match during the 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament Nov. 20, 2014, at the Pentagon Athletic Club. The one-day tournament is designed to bring awareness to the challenges of the wounded, ill or injured population. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

Retired Air Force Capt. Sarah Evans and her husband Joe, take part in a free lunch provided by the USO during the 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament Nov. 20, 2014, at the Pentagon Athletic Club. The USO is dedicated to helping in the rehabilitation and reintegration of our troops as they and their families navigate the road to recovery. The USO's newest Warrior and Family Care Centers provide the rest and relaxation areas for wounded service members, along with their families and caregivers, while they recover. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

Retired Air Force Capt. Sarah Evans and her husband Joe, take part in a free lunch provided by the USO during the 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament Nov. 20, 2014, at the Pentagon Athletic Club. The USO is dedicated to helping in the rehabilitation and reintegration of our troops as they and their families navigate the road to recovery. The USO's newest Warrior and Family Care Centers provide the rest and relaxation areas for wounded service members, along with their families and caregivers, while they recover. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

In conjunction with Warrior Care Month, wounded warriors from each service's warrior transition units, as well as U.S. Special Operations Command, gathered at the Pentagon Athletic Club Nov. 20, 2014, for the 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament.  Warrior Care Month was established in 2008, when former Secretary of Defense Robert F. Gates declared it would be a "DOD effort aimed at increasing awareness of programs and resources available to wounded, ill and injured service members, their families, and those who care for them." (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

In conjunction with Warrior Care Month, wounded warriors from each service's warrior transition units, as well as U.S. Special Operations Command, gathered at the Pentagon Athletic Club Nov. 20, 2014, for the 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament. Warrior Care Month was established in 2008, when former Secretary of Defense Robert F. Gates declared it would be a "DOD effort aimed at increasing awareness of programs and resources available to wounded, ill and injured service members, their families, and those who care for them." (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Fifty-two active-duty and veteran athletes from each of the military services and the U.S. Special Operations Command participated in the 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament Nov. 20 at the Pentagon Athletic Club.

The one-day tournament, in conjunction with Warrior Care Month, is designed to increase awareness of programs and resources available to wounded, ill and injured service members, their families and those who care for them.

“When recovering service members take the opportunity to focus on their abilities and strengths during the often lengthy road to recovery the results shown are nothing short of miracles,” said Steve Otero, the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program communications coordinator.
This year’s theme, “Show of Strength,” was chosen to showcase the wounded warriors and their strengths as they reintegrate back to duty or transition into the civilian sector.

Participants in the tournament included 12 current and retired Airmen who are part of the AFW2 program. The program’s mission is to motivate, encourage and sustain participation and competition through adaptive sports.

An Air Force wounded warrior is any seriously or very seriously wounded, ill or injured Airman identified on a casualty report, or recommended by the medical community, as having highly complex medical conditions identified by the medical community. Also included are Airmen who have been referred to the Integrated Disability Evaluation System for post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and/or other mental health conditions, or who have been retained for more than six months on medical Title 10 orders, or returned to Title 10 orders, for medical conditions related to deployment.

The Air Force wounded warriors recently participated in the 2014 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 40-person team won 48 medals (16 gold, 16 silver and 16 bronze), as well as the Ultimate Champion Award for the second year in a row.

“Military adaptive sports are just one of the unique rehabilitation programs within the wounded warrior program,” Otero said. “Mentorship, caregiver, career and family programs are all a part of the personalized services available to Airmen participants.”

For more information about Warrior Care Month, visit www.defense.gov/warriorcaremonth.