By MaryTherese Griffin, Warrior Care and TransitionFebruary 12, 2018
ARLINGTON, Va. - Sgt. Craig Netter has been working hard to get back on the track and in shape to compete at the 2018 Army Trials. The twice injured Soldier returned to duty as a Signal Support Specialist and is determined to make Team Army and compete at the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo. June 2 -- 9. This would be a first for the Fort Hood Soldier who admits, "…in life things may not be easy, but in all things you must try." Netter believes he was put on this earth for a purpose and that it is not his choice "to give up and throw in the towel."
Netter is a runner who endured an explosion in Afghanistan in 2013 that reinjured a shoulder from a previous deployment to Iraq where he survived a vehicle rollover. He realizes that help along the way is what makes the difference.
"Everyone at the Fort Hood Warrior Transition Unit was very helpful and patient. I'm still recovering slowly physically, but it was not until after my surgery that I started to realize that I had post-traumatic stress disorder, which I am currently being treated for," Netter said. "I would really like to thank Mrs. Lisa Denwalt, my nurse case manager, and Mrs. Susan Wilson, our recreational therapist, for our adaptive reconditioning program."
Adaptive reconditioning helps prepare wounded, ill and injured Soldiers placed in the program for the right reason to either return to duty or transition into civilian life. "I feel like the WTU is a great resource for a lot of Soldiers and family members who may have been lost without them. Being injured isn't easy to cope with, especially if you're dealing with PTSD, you have a tendency of saying and doing things that hurt the ones you love. The WTU teaches the Solider and their family how to deal with these issues and that the world isn't over, you're just starting on a new path to conquer new things."
While Netter is preparing to conquer the track he is also taking steps to conquer his future. He gives a lot of the credit to Team Army Track Coach Rodney Carson. "Coach Carson had faith in me at times when I did not find it in myself even though I never told him how much of a good friend and coach he is. I know he has spent at least two of his birthdays away from his family with [wounded, ill and injured Army athletes], training us and helping us reach our goals and dreams."
Netter's goals and dreams extend past the track. He just received his associate's degree in December and plans to earn his bachelor's degree and become a track coach, just like Carson.
"We never know what we can accomplish until we give it our all and fight until the end to the best of our abilities."