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The U.S. Army officially announced on June 7th that comedian, actor and filmmaker Jon Stewart will be the host of the opening and closing ceremonies during the upcoming 2021 Department of Defense Warrior Games taking place Sept. 12 to 22 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida.

Stewart is best known for his Daily Show hosted on Comedy Central for over 16 years. He has accumulated 22 Emmy Awards, 2 Grammy’s and several other news and journalism awards.

The annual event, first held in 2010, celebrates the resiliency and dedication of wounded, ill, and injured active duty and veteran U.S. military service members. Hundreds of elite-athletes, including those from international allied nations, will compete in adaptive sporting events such as wheelchair basketball, cycling, indoor rowing, and wheelchair rugby among others during the games.

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Stewart will mark his fifth time participating in the annual event, which celebrates the resiliency and dedication of wounded, ill and injured active-duty and veteran U.S. military service members and enhances their recovery and rehabilitation by providing them exposure to adaptive sports.

“The Warrior Games is a truly inspiring event that shows just how resilient these warriors are, and how they refuse to let their worst day define who they want to be,” said Stewart. “Serving as the host of the opening and closing ceremonies is an honor that I cherish, but being able to hear from and spend time with each of them, and their families, is what this is all about, and I’m looking forward to seeing these athletes in action in September.”

Participation in the Warrior Games represents the culmination of a service member’s involvement in an adaptive sports program and demonstrates the incredible potential of wounded warriors through competitive sports. If you’re a wounded, ill and / or injured active duty service member who would like to participate, you should check with your service branch specific Warrior Care Program about participation in the Warrior Games.

Veterans who want to participate should contact your service branch Warrior Care Program about participation in the Department of Defense Warrior Games:

U.S. Navy: Mr. Marty Martinez – ismael.martinez@navy.mil
Ms Lizbeth Opiola– lizbeth.opiola@navy.mil

U.S. Special Operations Command Care Coalition: cc_mas@socom.mil

U.S. Air Force Adaptive Sports:afpc.dpfw.adaptedsportsworkflow@us.af.mil

U.S. Marine Corps Warrior Athlete Reconditioning Program:wwsports@usmc.mil

U.S. Army Adpative Reconditioning Division:usarmy.pentagon.medcom-arcp.list.adaptive-reconditioning@mail.mill

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The 2021 Warrior Games will once again be open to the public, welcoming the community and the world to be a part of the excitement and to support these heroes. Everyone is welcome to attend the games to cheer on the wounded warriors representing their service, their country, and their commitment to excellence. Additional event details, including for Opening and Closing Ceremonies, will be released closer to the event. Families of competing athletes will be hosted by the Fisher House Foundation, the Warrior Games Family Program that supports families attending Warrior Games by providing two loved ones per athlete with round-trip flights to the host city, lodging, transportation to/from sporting venues, official credentials, meals, and spirit gear. Learn more: http://warriorgamesfamilyprogram.org/.

For more information about the 2021 DoD Warrior Games, including any applicable safety and health measures related to COVID-19, will be available closer to the event. Learn more about the Warrior Games at https://www.dodwarriorgames.com.

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All images courtesy of the official 2021 Warrior Games.

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