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UPDATE: El Paso Veteran thrilled about participating in The Warrior Games 2016

Master Sgt. Shawn Vosburg (Ret.) said he enjoyed participating in The Warrior Games 2016 this past weekend even though he failed to place in any of the competitions.

Vosburg competed in categories like archery, shooting, among others.

The Warrior Games is a multi-sport event for wounded, injured or ill service personnel and veterans organized by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Vosburg sustained injuries to his leg and back in a car crash in 2008 while deployed, forcing him to retire from the U.S. Army in Nov. 2015 after 29 years. He said the competition helped him keep in touch with other wounded veterans.

“You get to talk to somebody else who’s been through it, or is going through it, and we all help each other that way,” Vosburg said. “This gives me a way to still connect with soldiers and other vets, to complete our lives and make us better human beings in general.”

Vosburg spoke with ABC-7 last week before his first competition in the Warrior Games in New York.

“When I finished my last deployment and was injured, and was told I was going to retire, I thought, ‘What do I do next?'” Vosburg said. “This is the next thing. And it gives you something to do so you’re not stuck in that dark place.”

When he’s not competing, Vosburg is pursuing his master’s degree in social work at UTEP. He just finished his first semester and is looking forward to helping veterans once he graduates.

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