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Wounded Warrior amputee softball player Josh Wege, left, and coah David Van Sleet speak with NBC Washington.
Wounded Warrior amputee softball player Josh Wege, left, and coah David Van Sleet speak with NBC Washington.

 

The Washington Nationals invited a team of wounded veterans to play softball at the stadium in southeast D.C. this weekend. 

After the national anthem was played, these veterans took to the field in more than $2 million worth of prosthetics. They showed the crowd not only their will power but also their talent. 

Josh Wege lost both of his legs serving as a Marine in Afghanistan two years ago, but now he’s running again and playing his heart out. 

“I definitely had to teach myself to walk again, everybody that goes through therapy like that, yeah they got to pretty much learn how to walk again," Wege says. "You take the baby steps and then you start running.” 

Ten of the team’s fifteen players faced off against area celebrities, including Wheel of Fortune Host Pat Sajack, Miss Maryland USA Allyn Rose, and NFL Hall of Famer Darrell Green. 

All of the players joined the military after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which makes next week’s 10-year anniversary of the attack a milestone for these players. The two conflicts that resulted from these attacks is where most of these soldiers lost their limbs while serving their country.

Coach David Van Sleet says the team shows the resilience of American troops. 

“Our goal is not necessarily about winning but we’re striving to get better but more to show that these guys had serious, serious devastating injuries," Van Sleet says. "They didn’t know if they were going to live, they suffered amputations, but they’ve rehabilitated to the point where they’re back to their new normal.”

The team will tour in Germany and across the United States next year. 

 

Video interview with Wounded Warrior player Josh Wege and coach David Van Sleet

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