Defeat is not in his Vocabulary: Gabe’s Story

When most of us think about the Invictus Games, we immediately think of adaptive sports or veteran games.  They are so much more than that though.  The competition itself is the focus of that week, but the challenge of getting to that week is where lives are changed:

Most of us will never know the full horrors of combat. Many Servicemen and women suffer life-changing injuries, visible or otherwise, whilst serving their country. How do these men and women find the motivation to move on and not be defined by their injuries?

The word ‘Invictus’ means ‘unconquered’. It embodies the fighting spirit of wounded, injured and sick Service personnel and personifies what these tenacious men and women can achieve post injury. The Games harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country.

The Invictus Games is about much more than just sport – it captures hearts, challenges minds and changes lives.

Neuro Community Care is proud to support a warrior who has been chosen to participate in the 2020 Invictus Games to be held in the Netherlands.

Gabe is nothing short of amazing.  His military career began in 2004 when he enlisted in the Navy.  After two deployments, Gabe moved back to Jacksonville, Florida and in 2008 was involved in a motorcycle accident.  Gabe sustained a traumatic brain injury as well as many other physical injuries.  After a long battle of recovery and multiple hospitalizations and moves, Gabe settled back into Jacksonville to be close to his young daughter.  Gabe was determined to regain a better quality of life for himself through regaining his independence.

Fast forward a few years and now meet the warrior who will be representing the United States in the 2020 Invictus Games.  Gabe will be competing in archery, seated volleyball, indoor rowing and swimming!  Gabe has been training for these events through multiple organized events nationwide.  In fact, Gabe was selected for Team USA after a Navy Wounded Warrior staffer sent his name up the chain to the Secretary of Defense due to his incredible performance at the Warrior Games.

Gabe lives his motto, “learn, live and teach” every day.  Gabe has taught the NCC team that “you are capable of anything you put your mind to.” There is no doubt that Gabe is a perfect fit to represent the United States in the 2020 games as he has yet to allow the word defeat into his vocabulary.