Wounded warriors who salvaged their lives through athletics

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By Jim Campbell

June 23rd, 2018

It’s all about the “Ability, not the disability.”

U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Kirstie Ennis nearly died when the CH-53D helicopter she was flying in as an aerial gunner crash landed in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in June of 2012.

The accident broke her left ankle and caused severe damage to her leg, tore her rotator cuff and labrum, injured the cervical discs of her spine, shattered her jaw, and caused severe facial lacerations, a traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder.

Ennis was combat meritoriously promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Ennis, who was 17 when she enlisted out of Florida in 2008, thus began her long, debilitating road to recovery, enduring more than three dozen surgeries as she learned how to walk and talk again.

In November of 2015, her left leg was amputated below the knee.

One month later, a…

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