While all eyes have been on the race to the White House, our Warrior Champions have their eyes on another prize: gold medals at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, China.
As injured Iraq veterans, Scott Winkler and Carlos Leon confronted unique challenges as they prepared for the Games. Carlos survived a year serving in the Sunni Triangle, but tragically broke his neck in a swimming accident following his return home. He is now the world record-holder in the discus throw. Scott became paralyzed below the waist during his tour in Iraq, but has since set the world record in shot put. These men faced adversity head-on and succeeded, and IAVA is proud to have been a part of their journey to Beijing.
With the Opening Ceremony for the Paralympics only a day away, Scott Winkler and Carlos Leon are in Beijing, preparing to compete. Because of the generosity of IAVA supporters like you, they received $20,000 to assist them in their training over the past few months. Both are strongly favored to bring home gold medals for the United States.
For the first time in Paralympic history, we will be able to watch the Games online. Visit www.universalsports.com for live coverage and daily highlights from September 6-17. Here at IAVA Headquarters, we're looking forward to cheering for Scott, Carlos, and all the members of Team USA.
Thank you for your generosity. Your support was crucial to Carlos and Scott's success. Go USA!
Paul RieckhoffIraq Veteran
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America