Injured Altoona veteran competed at 2013 Warrior Games

Retired Army Sgt. Sean Hook, an Altoona veteran, competed in the 2013 Warrior Games as part of Team Army.

The games, which took place in Colorado Springs, Colo., ended on Thursday.

More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans were expected to participate in this year’s games, according to information from Encompass Digital Media, Inc.

The participants comprised five U.S. teams representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force and Special Operations, as well as one international team from the U.K., the information said. Teams competed in archery, cycling, shooting, sitting-volleyball, swimming, track and field and wheelchair basketball.

Hook, who served in the U.S. Navy and the Army for a total of 11 years, joined the Army in 2007 in order to deploy with the 56th Stryker Brigade. He was deployed to Iraq as team leader with the 1st Platoon 2/112th Infantry.

The father of three suffered injuries in 2009 that included a traumatic brain injury and the development of post traumatic stress disorder after his platoon was hit with an improvised explosive device disguised in a vehicle. He also suffered a shoulder injury.

Hook competed in the games last year, earning a fourth-place spot after suffering an ankle injury before competing in shot-put and discus, he said in a public relations interview.

Hook said he has a lot of support from the area. He specifically thanked Mountain View Archery, Duncansville and Penn State University for help during his training.

“Other than that, love you to all my friends and family,” he said.

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