By Whitney Delbridge Nichels, Warrior Care and TransitionMay 30, 2017
MINNEAPOLIS -- For most service members, Memorial Day weekend is a time spent with family and friends reflecting on those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
The members of Team Army competing in the 2017 USA Volleyball Open National Championships weren't able to spend the holiday at home, so some of their families brought a piece of home to them.
Spc. Mitchell Bombeck is a Minnesota native, so it was a natural fit for his mother and sister to come out and support the team.
"It's good to have support there that you can see instead of just hearing it," Bombeck said.
He says his mother, a 33 year Air Force veteran, doesn't get to see him in action that often, so it was very special to have her by his side.
"I know she's proud to see me compete," Bombeck said.
Spc. Stephanie Morris also had some off-court support thanks to her husband Lance. The couple married earlier this month.
Morris, who was injured while serving in Afghanistan in 2013, says her husband's support is especially important during what can be a very difficult holiday for veterans.
"Memorial Day is always tough for me as I remember my battle buddies who didn't make it," Morris said. "Having Lance here means a lot because he understands where I'm coming from, and having him here to support me, I know I'm going to be okay."
These Soldiers and others have been able to use adaptive sports as an aid in their recovery. For their loved ones, being able to see the many benefits firsthand is a rewarding experience.
"My mother is seeing that I've managed to continue on and not forget that life can have unexpected things happen," Bombeck said. "She's happy to see me not holding back."