VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - The national Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team played a double header in Virginia Beach Saturday.
They played in the first annual Spartyka Wounded Warrior Softball Classic. The team travels around the country to raise awareness for veterans and amputees.
"Being out here on the field helps out a lot," said Saul Bosquez, who lost his leg to an IED in 2007. Bosquez was headed back to base in a convoy when the IED blew up next to him.
"I actually got the tips of my toes amputated on my right foot, but it totally missed my leg and got the left leg instead," said Bosquez.
Every player on his team knows what it's like to lie on the ground and wonder what's left of their body. Every one of them is a wounded warrior, and not ashamed to show it in public.
"It's great to see if they are missing a leg, but still enjoying what they do and seeing them smile," said one Virginia Beach fan.
Crowds marvel at their talent, at the high level of competition, and at the fight they have left in them. In some veterans, it is stronger than ever.
Softball is physical and mental therapy for players dealing with PTSD, but also for fans who share the military connection.
"I know my dad is in the military, so when he leaves for deployment, I always think about the worst case scenario," said one young fan.
Players like Bosquez have lived it, and use their battle wounds to inspire others.
"I had rosary beads I prayed with before every mission," he said. "They were on the door when the bomb went off and they were actually destroyed in the blast."
Now, Bosquez has the beads tattooed on his arm, a symbol of life after war.
For more information on the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, click here .
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