Wounded Warriors participate in Tampa’s Gasparilla parade

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On the White House web page, President Barack Obama reflects on meeting U.S. Army Ranger Cory Remsburg for the first time.

They met in 2009 in Normandy, France. Remsburg stood straight and tall with fellow members of his elite combat group. The President described him as bright and easy going.

EIght months later, the two men met again. This time the meeting was at Remsburg’s hospital bed at the Bethesda Naval Hospital near Washington, D.C. 

Remsburg smiled at the president, but he was unable to speak. He had been nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb while serving in Afghanistan.

Remsburg is still fighting, only his battle now is to speak and to walk.

This year he hopes to compete in the annual Warrior Games to be held in Tampa.

“I’m going to try to give it my all,” said Remsburg.

The U.S. Special Operations Command will host the 2019 Department of Defense in Tampa on June 21-30. Approximately 300 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans will participate in the competition.

This week, Remsburg met up with another old friend, Gen. Raymond Thomas, who also served as a combat ranger, at the James Haley VA Hospital in Tampa.

Remsburg stood from his wheelchair to salute Thomas. The General embraced Remsburg with a hug and then asked about his progress since they last saw each other.

Thomas says it’s been a goal of his to bring the Warrior Games to Tampa, in part, because of men like Remsburg.

“It’s a great showcase of the Wounded Warriors from our Department of Defense, from all services of the Department of Defense and some of our allied partners, but it’s just an incredible adaptive that really trots out the resilience of human beings,” said Thomas.

This week, the Warrior Games will also be represented at the Gasparilla parade.

“It’s a one-of-a-kind event as most people in this neighborhood know, but it struck us last year that we were missing an opportunity because we don’t participate in the parade,” said Thomas.

Cory Remsburg plans to be on the float.

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