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Injured JBLM soldier wins two medals at Warrior Games

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on May 17, 2013 at 10:55 am |
May 17, 2013 10:55 am
Sgt. Josh Andrew of Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Warrior Transition Battalion won two track and field medals at the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs this month. (Army photo by Sgt. Victor J. Ayala.)
Sgt. Josh Andrew of Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Warrior Transition Battalion won two track and field medals at the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs this month. (Army photo by Sgt. Victor J. Ayala.)

An injured soldier from Castle Rock met one of his last goals as he prepares to leave the Army when he cleaned up at the Warrior Games this month, earning two medals in the annual athletic competition for veterans.

Sgt. Josh Andrew, 26, won a gold medal for the shot put and a silver for his discus throw.

He’s assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Warrior Transition Battalion, where he is receiving treatment for repeated knee injuries he sustained on deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as for concussions he suffered from explosions in combat.

Andrew plans to return to civilian life later this year when he receives an expected medical retirement from the military. His wife, Megan, is back home in Southwest Washington as the family prepares for the birth of their second child.

The Warrior Games take place every year in Colorado Springs, Colo. It’s an Olympic-style competition for wounded and injured veterans from each service branch. The Marines won the most medals for the fourth straight year.

 

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