Warrior Games competitor helps other wounded athletes heal

SAN ANTONIO, Texas– For Lorraine Currow, military service gave her meaning. She spent 21 years in the Navy and Coast Guard, but a serious injury in 2013 left her with pain and uncertainty about what to do next. She was offloading equipment from a ship when she fell and suffered a spinal cord injury that struck her left leg and caused two herniated discs.

“I did my best to find a pain management program,” said YN1 (Ret.) Currow. “Through this process, I met someone in the Soldier Recovery Unit and he changed everything for me.”

She became involved with the Army Recovery Care Program where her passion for weightlifting and powerlifting only grew. She then began participating in the Navy Wounded Warrior Program’s adaptive athletic events.

“They found out that I’m retiring from the Coast Guard and actually the Coast Guard for the Warrior Games falls under the Navy team,” Currow said. “They said you should really try. Every service has its own way of recruiting a man and woman for the ultimate champion, so I’ll actually compete as the ultimate champion for the Navy team.”

Currow is also competing in several other sporting events at the 2022 Department of Defense Orlando Warrior Games, including cycling, field, indoor rowing, and swimming, in addition to being the ultimate champion. The DoD Warrior Games celebrates the resilience and dedication of wounded, ill and injured active duty members and veteran US military service providers.

Currow’s long recovery has also inspired her to give back to other wounded warriors. She now works as an Adaptive Reconditioning Program Specialist in the Soldier Recovery Unit at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

“I want to do this job. I want to be there for those service members,” Currow said. “I want them to have that connection where someone understands what they’re going through. You basically become part of your family.”

The DoD Warrior Games will be held August 19-28 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. Disney is the parent company of ABC Localish. To learn more about the DoD Warrior Games, click here. Warrior Games competitor helps other wounded athletes heal

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