Ultimate warrior: Delco Marine injured in shooting will participate in athletic event

LCpl Nicholas Green Delco Times 5.9.11
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By Danielle Lynch | Delco Times | DelcoTimes.com | May 9, 2011


U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas Green — who was shot in the stomach last August — is doing a lot better these days.

So well, that he’ll have the chance to compete in the upcoming Warrior Games competition.


“It definitely feels great to be where I am now,” Green said. “A few months ago … I was not sure where I’d be.”


Green, 21, a Nether Providence resident, was shot about 1:40 a.m. Aug. 13, 2010, in the vicinity of 21st and Norris streets in North Philadelphia. Police Officer Jillian Russell, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Police Department, said no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.


Green was shot while he was home on leave from the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, N.C.


Green lost the lower half of his right leg as a result of the injuries he sustained during the shooting. He has been recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.


Green said he is happy he can do activities he did before the shooting, such as working out. He said he is looking forward to the Warrior Games — an event in which Marine athletes can compete against other service members. The competition will take place at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., from May 16-21.


“Last year marked the first-ever Warrior Games,” U.S. Marine Capt. Jill L. Wolf, public affairs officer for the Wounded Warrior Regiment, said in a statement. “The Warrior Games will be an annual event to celebrate the achievement and abilities of wounded, ill and injured service members.”


Wolf said each branch of service has a Wounded Warrior program and the Marine Corps’ program is known as the Wounded Warrior Regiment.


“Established in 2007, the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment was created to provide and facilitate nonmedical care to combat and noncombat wounded, ill and injured Marines, and sailors attached to or in direct support of Marine units and their family members in order to assist them as they return to duty or transition to civilian life,” Wolf said

Green said his staff sergeant convinced him to participate in the Marine Corps Trials in February at the Marine Corps Base in Camp Pendleton, Calif.


“I originally wasn’t going to go, but my staff sergeant convinced me,” Green said. “There was a lot of camaraderie
and good spirits.”


More than 150 wounded, ill and injured Marines from across the nation participated in the Marine Corps Trials, a competitive sport setting that provided a forum for the Wounded Warrior Regiment to select 50 athletes as members of the All-Marine Warrior Games team, Wolf said. Green was selected to be a member of the 50-member team that will participate in the competition later this month.

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