Local eastern NC veteran competing in Warrior Games

U.S. Army veteran Spc. Dustin Barr, Jamesville, N.C., lines up for a free throw during a wheelchair basketball game at the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., June 20, 2015. (Photo: Department of Defense Warrior Games)

WEST POINT, NY (WNCN) – The Warrior Games are a testament to the courage and strength of the men and women who make up our armed services.

The adaptive sports competition brings wounded, sick and injured service members and veterans together for an inspiring set of games.

Athletes come from throughout the armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force and U.S. Special Operations.

About 250 athletes are expected to take part in this year’s games.

Among them is a North Carolina native, Specialist Dustin Barr.

CBS North Carolina anchor Russ Bowen spoke with Barr as he prepared for competition.

Barr is from Jamesville. He says he had two goals for this year. One was to spend more time with family. The other:  bring home gold medals from the Warrior games.

Barr is training to compete in Wheelchair Basketball, Sitting Volleyball, Track & Field, Cycling and Swimming.

Barr also has ties to Fort Bragg. After returning from overseas with physical health issues, he spent time recovering at Fort Bragg’s Warrior Transition Battalion.

Barr says the adaptive sports he played in Fayetteville made an important impact on his recovery.

The Warrior games run from June 15 to 21 in West Point, NY.

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