A team of 12 U.S. service members who were severely injured in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will compete in Oregon's iconic 2011 Hood to Coast Relay race. "Team Warfighter Sports" is the only team of wounded military to participate in Hood to Coast, thanks to a sponsorship by Standard Insurance Company ("The Standard") in partnership with Disabled Sports USA.
They have experienced loss of limb, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and other disabling injuries. Yet on August 26, 2011, armed with the latest technology and the support of their teammates, these undaunted warriors will challenge more than 1,200 other non-disabled teams in the competition of their lifetimes - the grueling 197 mile Hood to Coast relay race.
"These brave men and women's dedication to living life to the fullest despite their disabilities is truly inspirational," said Greg Ness, President and CEO of The Standard. "Supporting partners that provide rehabilitation and opportunity for wounded warriors is an extension of The Standard's values, and we're excited to sponsor this incredible team."
Disabled Sports USA's Warfighter Sports program is a schedule of challenge events that help military members with permanent disabilities train for and challenge themselves in extreme and endurance sports.
"We're excited to partner with The Standard and provide this team the opportunity to participate in this one-of-a-kind event," said Kirk Bauer, executive director of Disabled Sports USA and a disabled Vietnam veteran who summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2010 with two amputee wounded warriors as part of Warfighter Sports. "After serving thousands of severely injured service members from Iraq and Afghanistan through rehabilitation sports programs for the past seven years, our disabled veterans are now yearning for an opportunity to test their skills to the extreme, as they did in the military. Our Warfighter Sports program provides this--helping them to not just survive their injuries, but to thrive and achieve personal and professional success."
About The Standard -The Standard is a leading provider of financial products and services. The company serves approximately 7.5 million customers nationwide as of June 30, 2011, with group and individual disability insurance, group life, AD&D, dental and vision insurance, retirement plans products and services, individual annuities and investment advice. For more information about The Standard, visit www.standard.com .
The Standard is the marketing name for StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries: Standard Insurance Company, The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York, Standard Retirement Services, StanCorp Mortgage Investors, StanCorp Investment Advisers, StanCorp Real Estate and StanCorp Equities.
About Disabled Sports USA -Founded in 1967, Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) is a charitable organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in sports. What began as a program to serve Vietnam veterans has since grown into one of the nation's largest multi-sport, multi-disability organizations serving wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, DSUSA offers programs in more than 30 different sports through its nationwide network of more than 100 community-based chapters operating in 38 states serving more than 60,000 annually. For more information, visit www.dsusa.org