In recognition of the Army-wide Warrior Care Month, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital hosted a kayaking competition at the Davidson Fitness Center Pool on Wednesday.
Along with several other Warrior Care Month outreach events scheduled throughout November at the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, the kayaking competition's purpose is to inform and educate both soldiers and their families as well as members of the community about the programs in place supporting the wounded,ill, and injured soldiers.
"The purpose of Warrior Care month is two-fold." said Capt. Carl Bicskei, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital Warrior Transition Unit commander. "It brings public awareness to what our soldiers go through on a daily basis and also allows the soldiers in transition to get a physical display of what we can do."
Occupational therapist at the Warrior Transition Unit Mary Ballis said that these events help boost encouragement for the soldiers who are wounded, ill, and injured, by showing them community support and also giving them alternative physical activities they are able to compete in.
"These events help show soldiers what they can do — not what they can't," said Ballis.
Warrior Transition Units help the soldiers who are wounded, ill or injured to successfully transition back to duty, or to a successful life as a Veteran.
"It's also important that local communities on and off post are aware of the support provided to wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers, demonstrating the commitment made, and kept, by the Army towards Soldiers and their Families," Bicskei said.
The next Warrior Care Month outreach event will be seated volleyball, on Nov. 14 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Davidson Fitness Center.
Nov. 14: Seated Volleyball: Noon to 5 p.m. at the Davidson Fitness Center
Nov. 16: Skeet shooting, Archery, 3D shoot and Paintball: Noon to 5 p.m. at the Outdoor Recreation Center
Nov. 17: Triathlon:
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Quarter-mile swim
1 p.m.: Bike 15 miles
3 p.m.: 5k run
4 p.m.: Awards ceremony
A concert follows the awards ceremony
The events are open to all military, civilians and Soldiers, regardless of injuries or limitations. For more information or to sign up, call 573-596-0038.