Team Warfighter Sports has begun climbing Mount McKinley, Alaska, according to a press release.
Benefiting Warfighter Sports, a program of Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) that has served severely wounded veterans since 1967 by offering free sports rehabilitation in military hospitals and communities across the US, the team includes five climbers from three wars. Army Sgt. Neil Duncan, Marine Capt. David Borden, Army Cpl. Steve Martin, Army Capt. Jesse Acosta and Army Sgt. Kirk Bauer have fought in Vietnam, Afghanistan or Iraq and all have experienced loss of one or both legs or damage to legs, hip and back.
“After losing my leg in 2008, I never imagined I would be able to return to active duty in the military. Sports have played a very important role in my recovery and I appreciate what DSUSA has done to help me rebuild my life,” Borden said in the release. “The opportunity to climb the highest mountain in North America is a tremendous challenge that will allow me to prove to myself and anyone else with a disability that DSUSA’s motto is true: ‘If I can do this, I can do anything!’”
The climb is scheduled to end around Independence Day. For more information and to follow Team Warfighter Sports along their journey, visit http://www.crowdrise.com/wsdenalichallenge.