United States Marine Josh Wege was in the middle of physical therapy in 2010, a year after losing both of his legs from the knee down in Afghanistan, when a man walked by handing out information for a softball team. A group of fellow amputees in the military were being assembled for a charity squad, and they were looking for veterans with athletic backgrounds.
Wege played baseball growing up in Wisconsin and could use a pick-me-up. He was beginning his new life as a bilateral amputee and missed the camaraderie of his fellow troops.
Now, three years later, he can’t say enough about his experience with the Wounded Warrior amputee softball team, and how it’s helped him adapt to living with prosthetics.
“It’s hard not to enjoy this kind of team. It’s almost like being in the military again. You have that camaraderie, number one. You immediately have something in common with the guy next to you. He was in combat, got injured,” Wege said.
“We got a second chance to be athletes. Not everybody gets that and we’re not going to take that for granted. In retrospect, that’s the biggest life lesson I’ve received, to not take anything for granted.”
The Washington Nationals partnered with the WWAST in 2011 and have brought the team to D.C. to play a group of celebrities each of the last three years. But since they started, they’ve had to split the team of veterans up. They were just too good.