COLUMN: Swinging and racing for inspiration in Destin

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Timothy "Tim" Horton, a member of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, lunges back to hit the ball while using his specially fitted prosthetic leg at the Wounded Warrior Amputee Celebrity Softball Classic, April 3, 2012 at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is comprised of young, competitive, athletic veterans and active duty Soldiers who have lost limbs post-9/11, while serving their country in the military/war.

Special to The Log
Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 15:55 PM.

Judging by the online comments from the Destin Log website, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot residents of the Emerald Coast agree upon these days. National and local politics aside, it seems to me we’re disagreeing about everything from the weather to the Log’s new website. While healthy debate and civil conversation is great, things can get fairly unpleasant rather quickly.

In the almost nine years that I’ve lived here, however, there’s one thing that this community supports completely, and that’s the sacrifice and the service of our military. Over the next few months, there are a number of events that will allow you to cheer on some wounded warriors and, if you need it, provide some inspiration to yourself, moving and training for a race.

On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 3, The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will take on active duty personnel from Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field and the 7th Special Forces in a softball extravaganza. Later that afternoon, the WWAS will again take the field, playing event sponsor InDyne.  According to their website, the Wounded Warrior Amputee’s softball team, comprised of young men all wounded in service after 9/11, is dedicated to raining awareness and inspiring the community, as well as fellow soldiers who maybe injured or disabled. 

These highly competitive athletes utilize the most cutting edge prosthetics, which were designed specifically to meet their individual needs, as well as hard core training and discipline to bring their message of hope and inspiration to communities across the country.

The overall mission of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is to support and honor veteran’s sacrifices and show everyone that a “life without a limb is limitless.” The games begin at 2 p.m. at Morgan Sports Center and the team will be escorted onto the field by The Patriot Guard. There will be an honor guard comprised of all branches of the military and a military flyover immediately preceding the game. The event is free and open to the public. You can donate to the event at www.Purpleheartsministries.org and learn more about the team and the players at www.woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org.

The mission and vision of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) has grown and evolved since its inception in 1980. Originally created to support the education of the children of the nine men who died or were injured during the Iran Hostage Crisis, the Special Operations Wounded Warrior Foundation now manages three programs in support of all special operations forces and their families.

Most visibly, the foundation provides full scholarships, including room, board, books, and tuition for every child who loses a parent involved in a Special Forces Mission. The Foundation also provides for a support system of family services, including counseling and other social services for surviving families and $2,000 of immediate financial assistance for families can be together immediately. Since the Foundation’s creation, more than 900 children have received help and assistance and 140 have graduated from college.



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