Texas Guardsman Shoots for Gold at Warrior Games
By Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Gonda Moncada
Texas National Guard
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 14, 2010 A Texas National Guard soldier receiving treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder won a gold medal during the inaugural Warrior Games here yesterday.
Army Spc. Shawn Porter competed in the 10-meter air rifle standing/non-supported and the 30-meter recurve-bow open events. He did not place in the 30-meter recurve-bow, but shot well enough to win the air rifle event.
Army Spc. Shawn Porter earned a gold medal in the
10-meter air rifle standing/non-supported event during the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 13, 2010. Porter serves in the Texas National Guard’s 136th Military Police Battalion. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt.
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The 136th Military Police Battalion soldier was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, but had to be evacuated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany after he was diagnosed with a tumor.
While recovering from surgery in November, Porter was diagnosed with PTSD and was transported to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio for treatment.
Porter is an athlete and he said he thought staying active would help him recover sooner. When his athletic prowess was discovered, coaches started working with him more seriously and intensely.
What started as therapy, he said, has now become a victory for himself, the Texas National Guard, and the Army.
Porter dedicated the medal to the soldiers of the 136th in Tyler, Texas, who recently returned from Afghanistan.
Porter is one of two Army National Guard Soldiers competing in the games.