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FORT GORDON, GA (WFXG) - The water helps ease the pain for Specialist Chase Meyer and Staff Sergeant Anthony Misuraca, two soldiers severely wounded overseas.

"I was medevaced from Afghanistan last October. I got blown up again and damaged my lower back and broke a bone in my neck and it's been a long road since then," says Spc. Meyer about his injuries. 

The past few years haven't been easy for the soldiers, who say pain is a normal part of life.

"I mean every time I take a step I feel it in my leg, but it's something that you have to overcome," says SSgt. Misuraca. 

But Meyer and Misuraca, along with wounded warriors from several posts are working to overcome that pain during the 2012 Warrior Games, four days of friendly competition. 

"Our job is to recover, so while we're recovering we're having a little fun," says Spc. Meyer.

Competing in events such as swimming, not only helps these soldiers heal physically, it helps emotionally as well.

"You go from being 26 and being the best at everything you do to walking with a cane for a year. Now you get up every morning and you have something to compete against," says SSgt. Misuraca. 

Battling it out, not just against each other, but for this country leaves some of these warriors with Purple Hearts, and all the wounded veterans, humble heroes.

"I don't feel like I'm a hero, anybody would do what I did," says SSgt. Misuraca.

 

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