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Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide

May 09,2016

Navy swimmer from Oviedo recovers to compete in Invictus Games

Former Navy rescue swimmer Michael Roggio recovered from a major injury to compete in the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando.

Thousands of friends, family and fans welcome more than 500 competitors representing 14 nations at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

Roggio joined the Navy in 2006 to see the world and to right some of the wrongs he experienced growing up. During his naval career, he particularly enjoyed working on drug and human trafficking enforcement missions, as well as executing rescues. In 2009, shortly after returning home from deployment, he was injured in the aircraft hangar at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 46 (HSL-46). He could not stand up or move his legs after his injury, and was later diagnosed with spinal cord damage and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). He spent years rehabilitating and recovering the full use of this limbs. In 2009 he earned a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Roggio retired from the Navy in 2013. He is currently focused on his recovery, hoping to reach a point where he can be independent of a caregiver. He said adaptive sports have been a very positive influence throughout that process. “I am an athlete that never gives up. I was given a dismal chance at recovery and that did not stop me. I rebuilt my life from the ground up and I want to motivate others to fight the odds and find quality in life again,” said Roggio.

Learn more at http://invictusgames2016.org/