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The U.S. Army has announced that the 2021 DoD Warrior Games have been canceled due to the requirement to ensure the safety, health and well-being of our service members and local communities as the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to affect the country. Comedian Jon Stewart was set to host the 2021 games.

Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth, as the executive agent for the DoD Warrior Games, made the decision to cancel the 2021 games in consultation with senior Army leaders, medical professionals and key stakeholders to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved. This news comes after 29 confirmed Army soldier deaths have occurred according to the DOD.

“I want to thank all of the athletes, staff personnel and our partners for their hard work to prepare for this year’s DoD Warrior Games,” said Wormuth. “It’s unfortunate we are unable to hold the Games, but our first priority must be the health and welfare of everyone involved. The entire DoD understands the importance of the Warrior Games to the athletes and their families, as part of their recovery process, which makes this decision even more difficult. The Games are an important event for the DoD community. We look forward to resuming them next year if public health conditions permit.”

The Games, originally scheduled to occur at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida from Sept. 12-22, would have marked the 11th anniversary of the annual competition of wounded, ill and injured service-member athletes in adaptive sports. One athlete from Join Base Lewis-McCord, JBLM was set to compete.

The Warrior Games is one part of the larger Warrior Care Programs, and we will continue to support these wounded, ill and injured military members, and the tens of thousands of others they represent, throughout their recovery process. The entire DoD community looks forward to next year’s games.

If you need more information, the U.S. Army has asked that you please contact Maj. Andrew Harshbarger at andrew.j.harshbarger.mil@mail.mil or by phone at 757-501-5878.

We’ll be updating our article as soon as details are out for Warrior Games 2022.

Jon Stewart to host opening and closing ceremonies for the DoD 2021 Warrior Games

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