Sports helps in healing process for Wounded Warriors

Tim McDonough doesn’t like to talk about the explosion that changed his life.

It was 2005 and McDonough was in Afghanistan. The price he paid for defending his country was severe. It consisted of nine surgeries, post-traumatic stress disorder and a brain injury.

Once on top of the world as a flight crew chief in the Air Force, McDonough found himself in a world where each day was a struggle, where the weight of feeling disappointed and worthless became almost too much to handle.

“The military was all I ever knew,” McDonough said. “I felt worthless and had a lot of self-doubt. It took me about eight years to finally get up and do something again.”

What McDonough did was get involved in the United States Air Force Wounded Warrior sports program at Eglin Air Force Base.

Read more in the April 23 issue of the Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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