USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Many of us take for granted simple joys like running, walking or playing sports.

For many of our service members these abilities are no longer part of every day life.

But with a positive attitude, an organization in their corner and some high school athletes going the extra mile, hockey IS part of the plan again.

We're talking about the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program, a place born out of need.

It's a safe, therapeutic, recreational environment for wounded vets to rehabilitate and transition back into civilian life, using the sport they love.

Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Chris Altice played hockey before joining the warriors transitioning out of the service.

"When you're on the ice out there it's kind of one of those things ... you don't think about everything out here, so it's a good escape," said Altice.

Altice doesn't have any noticeable injuries.

USA Warriors likes to remind you, war injuries are sometimes invisible... yet just as impactful as a missing limb.

A group of high school hockey players, like Churchill co-captain Connor Liu, helped raise money and awareness about USA Warriors.

"We decided to do this really cool event to honor the warriors that have done so much for our country," said Liu.

"We like to go out there and do what we love, which is play hockey and play for all those people who can't really play like we play," said fellow co-captain Noah Fleishman.

The game raised $1,200 to help the cause of shared understanding, camaraderie and having each others back.


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