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Wounded Warriors take on former Bucs in flag football

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Perseverance isn't a goal, it's a way of life. That is mission statement of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Flag Football team.

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, there wasn't a better way to get an early start than to be at Plant High School Wednesday night, as former Buccaneers took on the Wounded Warriors.

There were a lot of familiar Buccaneer faces there: Jeff Garcia, Marcus Jones, Martin Grammatica, Chris Hovan, Brad Culpepper, Mark Royals, Ian Beckles.

The Wounded Warriors put out an open invitation and Buccaneer Head Coach Lovie Smith showed up to watch, along with General Manager Jason Licht.

The stories go beyond physical injury -- recovering from bullets, bomb blasts and burns means these soldiers work, push, and drive through emotional injuries that are just as devastating as their physical loss.


Wednesday at Plant High School, the Bay area got a good look at courage, and a first hand look at what a comeback really means.


Tampa's Taylor Urreula was two days away from coming home to Florida. While in his humvee, a blast took the life of his commander and took his right leg. Taylor had to pull himself out of a dark hole to get better, to get back on the field.

Taylor tells me injuries like these are something a solider never recovers from. They will affect him for the rest of his life, and over time, will get worse.

In the meantime, what he says needs to be done is to change the support, change the recognition, and change the reception these wounded warriors get when they do get home.

Wednesday at Plant High School, the Bay area got a good look at courage, and a first hand look at what a comeback really means.

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Flag Football team isn't looking for sympathy, they want support.

To find out more about the Wounded Warrior Amputee Flag football team visit: http://woundedwarrioramputeefootballteam.org/

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