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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Wounded Warriors, families connect with first ever Warrior Family Games

By Cpl. Jovane M. Henry | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | June 04, 2012

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Gunnery Sgt. Eric Osorio, a Marine with Wounded Warrior Battalion- West, walks with his son Chris during Camp Pendleton’s first Warrior Family Games at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West compound here, June 1. The goal of the event was to encourage military families to get involved with their Marines through sports and other outdoor activities.

Gunnery Sgt. Eric Osorio, a Marine with Wounded Warrior Battalion- West, walks with his son Chris during Camp Pendleton’s first Warrior Family Games at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West compound here, June 1. The goal of the event was to encourage military families to get involved with their Marines through sports and other outdoor activities. (Photo by Cpl. Jovane M. Henry)


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Staff Sgt. Nicholas Corral, a Marine with Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, walks finishes a rock climb during Camp Pendleton’s first Warrior Family Games at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West compound here, June 1. The event, loosely based on the military’s annual Warrior Games, featured various sports and other physical activities, including rock climbing, tennis, track races, air-rifle shooting, horseback riding, seated volleyball wheelchair basketball and archery.

Staff Sgt. Nicholas Corral, a Marine with Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, walks finishes a rock climb during Camp Pendleton’s first Warrior Family Games at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West compound here, June 1. The event, loosely based on the military’s annual Warrior Games, featured various sports and other physical activities, including rock climbing, tennis, track races, air-rifle shooting, horseback riding, seated volleyball wheelchair basketball and archery. (Photo by Cpl. Jovane M. Henry)


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Medals were provided to the top participants in the competitive sports of wheelchair basketball, air-rifle shooting, archery and track during Camp Pendleton’s first Warrior Family Games at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West compound here, June 1.

Medals were provided to the top participants in the competitive sports of wheelchair basketball, air-rifle shooting, archery and track during Camp Pendleton’s first Warrior Family Games at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West compound here, June 1. (Photo by Cpl. Jovane M. Henry)


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Sgt. Nathaniel Bitsui, a Marine with Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, takes aim with his bow during Camp Pendleton’s first Warrior Family Games at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West compound here, June 1. In addition to archery, Marines and their families enjoyed horseback riding, rock climbing, air-rifle shooting and more.

Sgt. Nathaniel Bitsui, a Marine with Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, takes aim with his bow during Camp Pendleton’s first Warrior Family Games at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West compound here, June 1. In addition to archery, Marines and their families enjoyed horseback riding, rock climbing, air-rifle shooting and more. (Photo by Cpl. Jovane M. Henry)


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Don Robbins, a Vietnam veteran and battalion volunteer, grills burgers during Camp Pendleton’s first Warrior Family Games at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West compound here, June 1. More than a dozen veterans were on hand to provide food and encouragement throughout the day.

Don Robbins, a Vietnam veteran and battalion volunteer, grills burgers during Camp Pendleton’s first Warrior Family Games at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West compound here, June 1. More than a dozen veterans were on hand to provide food and encouragement throughout the day. (Photo by Cpl. Jovane M. Henry)


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Marines and their wives play a game of tennis at Camp Pendleton’s first Warrior Family Games at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West compound here, June 1. All tennis equipment for the event was sponsored by the San Diego District Tennis Association.

Marines and their wives play a game of tennis at Camp Pendleton’s first Warrior Family Games at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West compound here, June 1. All tennis equipment for the event was sponsored by the San Diego District Tennis Association. (Photo by Cpl. Jovane M. Henry)


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Marine spouses and dependents enjoy a horseback ride during Camp Pendleton’s first Warrior Family Games at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West compound here, June 1. The event, loosely based on the military’s annual Warrior Games, featured various sports and other physical activities, including rock climbing, tennis, track races, air rifle shooting, horseback riding, seated volleyball wheelchair basketball and archery.

Marine spouses and dependents enjoy a horseback ride during Camp Pendleton’s first Warrior Family Games at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West compound here, June 1. The event, loosely based on the military’s annual Warrior Games, featured various sports and other physical activities, including rock climbing, tennis, track races, air rifle shooting, horseback riding, seated volleyball wheelchair basketball and archery. (Photo by Cpl. Jovane M. Henry)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDELTON, Calif. --  More than 200 wounded warriors, their spouses and dependents participated in Camp Pendleton’s first Warrior Family Games at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West compound here, June 1.

The event, loosely based on the military’s annual Warrior Games, featured various sports and other physical activities, including rock climbing, tennis, track races, air-rifle shooting, horseback riding, seated volleyball wheelchair basketball and archery.

The goal was to get families involved in interacting physically with their Marines and getting a glimpse of the activities feature at the Warrior games, said Lt. Col. James R. Fullwood, commanding officer of Wounded Warrior Battalion-West.

“When a Marine is wounded, their family’s involvement in the recovery process is critical,” said Fullwood. “We’re using sports and activities to draw the families in and encourage them to be interactive with their Marines. It’s a vital part of rehabilitating these Marines mentally, physically and emotionally.”

For Amy Sanchez, a Marine spouse, the day served as a testament to the challenges Marine face and overcome on a daily basis. “Seeing all the Marines out here having a great time and keeping active is awesome,” said Sanchez. “It really shows the families what being a Marine is all about.”

 In addition to the fun and games, a cookout was also provided, offering everything from burgers and hot links to gourmet cupcakes and sugar cookies.

Many of the grills were manned by veteran volunteers from Vietnam-era to present day.

 “We didn’t have anything like this for the Marines when I was on active duty,” said Don Robbins, a Vietnam veteran and volunteer with the battalion for more than a year. “I absolutely love the camaraderie and family bonding I see out here today. It just warms my heart.”

The atmosphere of the day provided perspective for not only spouses and dependents, but for other Marines as well.

"It’s been great for my son to come and see where I recovered, and I think the newer Marines are benefitting as well,” said Gunnery Sgt. Eric Osorio, who has been with the battalion for eight months.

“Getting to see other Marines who have gone through the same struggles they’re facing lets them and their families know and see that things do and will get better.”

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