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The events of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games may vary in physicality but not in intensity. This slideshow captures competition in the air rifles and wheelchair rugby from Wednesday, July 15, 2009.
“The hit’s not real unless it bends the steel,” says rugby player Bob Larkin, of Kansas City, Mo.
Brent King, an Army veteran, lost the use of his legs in 1994. The annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games helped the Cheney contractor and mortgage broker reclaim his life, and now he competes to help newly wounded veterans in their recovery. Read Steve Bergum’s story: Veterans use competition to overcome.