FORT BRAGG, NC– Jack DeLeuw enlisted in the US Army in 2012 at the age of just 18. When he was 26, he was involved in a motorcycle accident that shattered his T7 vertebra and left him paralyzed below the sternum.
Jack credits his father, Thom DeLeuw, with helping him cope with his new life after the accident. “My dad moved in with me, helped me a lot with everything from transportation, customizing my home, customizing my lifestyle, how else can I do it,” explains Jack.
His father’s presence was crucial in helping him learn how to get back to the things he once loved, like cycling and archery. “You just have to persevere, things can’t get too bad for you, and if you love doing something, you keep going – you just have to find a new way to do it,” says Jack.
With that stamina and determination, Jack will compete in a variety of adaptive sports at the upcoming DOD Warrior Games, taking place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.
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https://6abc.com/warrior-games-jack-deleuw-army-veteran/12143341/ Paralyzed veteran Jack DeLeuw ready to compete at the 2022 Warrior Games