Injured soldiers shine at SOCOM warrior camp

- Wounded and injured service members and veterans are getting a chance to shine at a competition in the Bay Area.

They're at a sports camp - the Special Operations Command Warrior Care Program Camp - being held in Palm Harbor.

Army Major Adam Ziegler suffered nerve damage to his feet, but he sped past us on a recumbent bike.

"I can't run anymore and I don't have the balance to ride an upright bicycle. This is a way I can get out and go 20 miles-per-hour and do something physical," he says.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant Leticia Vega fires a pellet rife at an Olympic-style electronic target.

"It's actually helping me relax," she says. "I haven't touched a rifle in six months. It's like muscle memory."

She retired from the Marines after a severe back injury. She also suffers from depression and anxiety.

She says being here is the best medicine.

"And I just like to pass off the positive energy and apparently it's working because they say I smile too much," she laughs.

"I'm here with my friends who help us out," says retired Army Colonel Alan Krezeczowski. 

At this camp, camaraderie is the biggest prize of all.

Up Next:


Up Next

  • Injured soldiers shine at SOCOM warrior camp
  • Martin Luther King Dream Big Parade one of largest in U.S.
  • Two-way mentorship makes on-the-job learning mutually beneficial
  • Sarasota residents reflect on days of segregated beaches; celebrate new designation
  • 80-year-old Publix employee charged with grand theft
  • FHP: Woman admitted to being driver hit-and-run that killed Vietnam veteran
  • Frostproof High graduate at center of Rams, Saints controversy
  • Recycling Gasparilla beads now easier than ever
  • Teens accused of prying open game machines at Sarasota business
  • Made in Tampa Bay: Seaway Plastics