David Ortiz was never afraid of a challenge. He was an avid outdoorsman before he joined the Army and became a Kiowa helicopter pilot in the 82nd Airborne Division’s Combat Aviation Brigade. In Eastern Afghanistan, Kiowa pilots took a lot of risk to protect the guys on the ground, and, in February 2012, David suffered a hard landing that destroyed his aircraft, broke his legs, and inflicted extreme trauma on his spine, throat, and lungs.
The DoD Warrior Games an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans. Approximately 300 athletes representing teams from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, United Kingdom Armed Forces, Canadian Armed Forces, and the Australian Defence Force are competing June 1 - June 9 in archery, cycling, track, field sports, ,shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, powerlifting and indoor rowing.