• Veteran Justin Miller takes aim during the 2012 Warrior Games during the Air Pistol Competition at the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo., May 3, 2012. Miller took third place in the SH1 category with a total score of 427.8.

    Air Pistol Competition

    Veteran Justin Miller takes aim during the 2012 Warrior Games during the Air Pistol Competition at the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo., May 3, 2012. Miller took third place in the SH1 category with a total score of 427.8.

  • Staff Sgt. John Masters takes aim during the 2012 Warrior Games during the Air Rifle Prone - Open Competition at the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo., May 3, 2012.

    Air Rifle Prone Competition

    Staff Sgt. John Masters takes aim during the 2012 Warrior Games during the Air Rifle Prone - Open Competition at the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo., May 3, 2012.

  • Justin Steele takes aim at the 2012 Warrior Games during the Air Rifle Prone - Open Competition at the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo., May 3, 2012.

    Shooting to win

    Justin Steele takes aim at the 2012 Warrior Games during the Air Rifle Prone - Open Competition at the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo., May 3, 2012.

  • Sgt. Fred Prince takes aim during the qualification round for the Air Rifle Standing - Open Category at the 2012 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo., May 3, 2012.

    Qualifying Run

    Sgt. Fred Prince takes aim during the qualification round for the Air Rifle Standing - Open Category at the 2012 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo., May 3, 2012.

  • Benjamin Trescott takes aim during the 10 Meter Air Pistol (open) event during the 2012 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo. Trescott took third place in the competition with a total score of 422.5.

    On the Range

    Benjamin Trescott takes aim during the 10 Meter Air Pistol (open) event during the 2012 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo. Trescott took third place in the competition with a total score of 422.5.

  • Sgt. Fred Prince takes aim during the 10 Meter Air Pistol (open) event during the 2012 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo. Prince took second place with a total score of 425.

    Going for Gold

    Sgt. Fred Prince takes aim during the 10 Meter Air Pistol (open) event during the 2012 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo. Prince took second place with a total score of 425.

  • Benjamin Trescott reloads his air pistol during the Air Pistol - Open Category at the 2012 Warrior Games May 3, 2012, held at the Olympic Training Center Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Reload

    Benjamin Trescott reloads his air pistol during the Air Pistol - Open Category at the 2012 Warrior Games May 3, 2012, held at the Olympic Training Center Colorado Springs, Colo.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 4, 2012) -- Army wounded warriors faced off in the third day of competition at the 2012 Warrior Games, May 3, winning three medals in the shooting competition at the Olympic Training Center here.

Sgt. Fred Prince captured the silver medal with a total score of 425 and Veteran Benjamin Trescott captured the bronze medal with a total score of 422.5 for the Air Pistol - Open Category.

Veteran Justin Miller won the bronze medal for the Air Pistol - SH1 Category with a total score of 427.8.

The Army currently has won a total of 13 medals so far, but medals are only one part of the equation. The competing veterans and Soldiers say they gain much more than just accolades for winning.

"What they're learning and then applying in competition gives them a lot of confidence," said Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Rose, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit coach. "They realize what they can do under pressure."

The result is a chance for the athletes to discover their resiliency toward adversity.

"The role of the Warrior Games is to help adapt and overcome their injuries and assist in physical rehabilitation," said Staff Sgt. John Masters.

Masters was in the 982nd Combat Camera Company when in 2010 a blast caused severe injury to his right hand, resulting in him losing some the fingers from his right hand and receiving reconstructive surgery to restore it as close to normal as possible. He is working to re-learn life's basic functions with his left hand, including how to shoot as a leftie.

"Anytime you get an injury, it's pretty depressing at first, but you have to get over it to a point where you realize these are the cards you were dealt," Masters said. "I can either be miserable and sulk about it, or make the best of the situation."

Spc. Josh Ivey almost succumbed to the emotional side of his injury until he found competitive shooting.

"I used to be cooped up in the house not doing anything, now I am out here participating in something that is on the verge of becoming something huge," Ivey said.

As with many of the sports, shooting helps both mentally and physically toward recovery.

"I could be thinking many different things, losing my mind, and me doing this calms me down," said Ivey. "Shooting is something I love doing."

Ivey also had some support with him at the Warrior Games. His mother Rhonda Ivey was in attendance. She has been there since day one of his shooting.

"Families need to back that child or spouse because I think that is where they get their stamina from," Rhonda said.

When asked about his mother's support, Josh Ivey's said, "More time than none, she's been there for me.

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