Mililani soldier competes in U.S. Army Warrior Trials

By Melvin Givens, Digital Editor, Digital Editor
Published On: Jun 18 2014 06:42:49 PM HST
Updated On: Jun 18 2014 09:25:12 PM HST

Mililani boy and Army Major, Ray O'Donnell will compete in this year's Army Warrior Trials. Wounded, ill, and injured service members from all branches of the military are welcome to compete demonstrating strength and resilience.

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He was injured while deployed in Afghanistan but now, Maj. Ray O'Donnell is showing how he's moving forward and inspiring others.

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In 2007, O'Donnell, a Mililani native, was ejected from a Humvee when it rolled over.

He was seriously injured, but has made huge strides since then.

O'Donnell is in West Point, New York, for the U.S. Army Warrior Trials. a competition in which 100 Army, Marine Corps and Air Force athletes compete in everything from archery to basketball.

"It's a phenomenal environment to come together," O'Donnell said. "And I believe that the competition aspect and getting out there and doing a sport again is so important to the rehabilitation process.

The trial phase helps determine which athletes will compete at the Warrior Games this fall in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

O'Donnell said being with others who have had similar experiences helps the rehabilitation process immensely.

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