DALLAS - Former President George W. Bush was in Dallas Monday to welcome wounded warriors who will compete in this year's Invictus Games, an international Paralympic sporting event for injured and/or sick army vets. President Bush shared his excitement for the games with the crowd in attendance, saying, “The Bush Center is so engaged in helping our vets transition from the military to the private sector. One way to do so is through athletics, and that'`s why Laura and I are really excited to come and see these athletes perform.”
As this year's honorary chair for the games, President Bush was presented with the official Invictus Games flag.
Some of the Invictus athletes, like Chance Field, who’ll be competing in wheelchair tennis, were grateful for the chance to get some time with President Bush. “I've wanted to meet him and he'`s just as nice as I thought he was, so I'm glad I got to meet him," Field said.
Another participant in this year’s games, Jaime Garza, wanted to remind everyone that the games aren’t just for vets returning with physical injuries, but mental as well. “Some wounds we can see are physical, but there's a lot of PTSD and traumatic brain injury that a lot of people do not understand yet or haven't heard about -- so we're hoping to expand that and make people understand that," Garza said.
This year's Invictus Games will be held May 8 - 12 in Orlando, Florida.