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Application deadline approaching for Warrior Games

WASHINGTON -- The application deadline for the 2011 Warrior Games is Jan. 11. With the holidays approaching, Air Force officials encourage qualifying Airmen to submit applications as soon as possible.

Warrior Games is an Olympic-style competition open to wounded, ill and injured military members and veterans

"The application process can take some time, so don't wait until the last minute," said Capt. Courtnee Cruz, the Air Force Warrior and Survivor Care policy chief. "We encourage those interested in the games to apply now."

Air Force officials participants are seeking 25 wounded warriors to compete in next year's games that will feature seven events: archery, cycling, basketball, shooting, swimming, track and field, and volleyball.

Approximately 200 warriors from all services will compete in the event that takes place May 16 through 21 in Colorado Springs, Colo., with training camps scheduled in February and May, Captain Cruz said.

Warrior Games challenges wounded warriors to prove to themselves that they have abilities within them that they can carry over into everyday life, said Captain Cruz.

"The goal of these games isn't necessarily to determine the best athletes or to win medals," Capt Cruz said. "The goal is to maximize our wounded, ill and injured veteran's abilities, and to contribute to their rehabilitation and recover through competitive sports."

The Warrior Games is developed through the partnership between the United States Olympic Committee and the Defense Department.

People interested in applying can send an e-mail to Captain Cruz at courtnee.cruz@pentagon.af.mil, their recovery care coordinator or their caseworker.

For an application, visit www.woundedwarrior.af.mil.