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Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 4298

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2761

Toll Free: 1-888-989-9463

TeleType: 1-800-908-7011

Fax: 307-766-2763

Email: wind.uw@uwyo.edu

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Success Stories

"I served in the US Military for 29 years and retired at age 47, 5 years ago.  I left military service in 2012 due mostly to physical injury and chronic pain making my participation too difficult to continue.  Upon my retirement, I thought, like many veterans, that I would take a short break from physical activity and daily work outs to give my body time to heal.  That short break lasted 5 years and resulted in gaining 65 pounds, a totally sedentary lifestyle, and the worst physical shape I have ever been in.  Through Mission Redefined – Wyoming, I accepted the CrossFit Challenge in October 2016.  I wasn't sure I would like CrossFit or that I would even be able to participate because of my injuries and physical limitations (I have a VA 90% Disability Rating).  The CrossFit instructors, specifically Nicole and Mike, immediately began working with me to help scale the movements and weights to accommodate my limitations.  I have been a member of CrossFit 7220 for five months and have lost 40 pounds, gained muscle tone, size, and strength, and I feel in the best shape I have been for many, many years. 

I believe that the partnership Mission Redefined – Wyoming has with CrossFit can be a life-changing opportunity for military veterans.  In my case, I found a way to participate in a physical training program that challenges my competitive spirit, but in a safe and scaled way so as to not exceed my disabilities or physical injuries.  Beyond the obvious physical changes to my body, this has also been a huge lift for my mental wellness, self-confidence, and personal pride.  Being fully honest, I must say that my body – my injuries, aches and pains – are still there and I still live with chronic pain, but today it is there because of the amount of activity I am doing – not because I am injuring myself further.  I feel better, healthier, stronger, and more upbeat than I have in quite a few years.

From my experience, I would recommend CrossFit to other veterans, and have.  CrossFit presents itself as a personal challenge, and veterans can understand and relate to that.  Because it is capable of scaling exercises and movements, the workouts can be very viable and effective for veterans at all levels of experience regardless of physical limitation or disability.  CrossFit presents a great opportunity for veterans to re-engage parts of themselves that they might think they had to leave behind when they separated – sense of team, accomplishment, challenge, and camaraderie.  It has been a truly good and healthy experience for me and I hope other veterans will step forward to accept the CrossFit challenge."


"Thank you, Casper Mountain Biathlon Club. The introduction to the sport of biathlon and continued support with my training goals has given me a gift that I cannot repay. When I lost my ability to walk after my injury from a IED, you helped me replace my love of running with an even greater love for biathlon. The loss of that bothered me a great deal, running, was my outlet for my emotions and was how I always managed my life's problems and ADHD. I was lost with such an injury to my mind and body, and my ability to cope with it was taken so quickly. I was on many medications, and I was drinking and chewing my way to an early grave.


Now when I look at my fellow soldiers, instead of leaning on them, I have an inspirational story to tell - a way I can pay back so many who tried to help.


I am now able to sleep most nights, and the sport has given me the tools to fight my fear’s hyper-vigilance. I have become a loving husband and father. I am able to be there for my family when they need me and to go out in public without the fear of the people around me. I can watch my daughter play sports and be involved in school activities, with me paying attention to her and not my surroundings.
I have achieved a great goal of many athletes that few get to accomplish - to compete at the Paralympics. This is a dream come true.


On to PyeongChang 2018."


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Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 4298

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2761

Toll Free: 1-888-989-9463

TeleType: 1-800-908-7011

Fax: 307-766-2763

Email: wind.uw@uwyo.edu

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