HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Former Marine, Lance Cpl. (ret.) Josh Wege, answered the call to fight for our country merely one month after graduating from boot camp in 2008. He said physical setback never stopped him from moving forward.
"Six months into that tour, my life changed in an instant," Wege said. "Probably half way to our objective we rolled over a 200 lb IED."
Lance Cpl. (ret.) Wege said he looked fear in the face that day.
"I just remember this wet and light feeling and the wet, I found out, was my blood," Lance Cpl. (ret.) Wege said. "The lightness, I found out, was because my legs were gone. It looked like you took your leg and pretty much ripped it off."
Now, Lance Cpl. (ret.) Wege relies on prosthetic legs to move around. But, he knows life isn't about what you lose, rather what you gain.
"I found a purpose and I got this opportunity to join a softball team," Lance Cpl. (ret.) Wege said.
Wege plays on the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. The team said their mission is to raise awareness through exhibition and celebrity softball games and make people aware of the sacrifices and resilience of our military.
"It's so much more than just a softball game, softball's the vehicle we just to try and inspire people, try to motivate people and give people a new perspective on life." Lance Cpl. (ret.) Wege said.
Lance Cpl. (ret.) Wege called service to others an "addiction."
"There's something about it that I can't put into words," Lance Cpl. (ret.) Wege said. "I'd like to continue my service by joining the Miami-Dade Police Department, I'm currently in the interview process for that."
Everyone will have a chance to meet Lance Cpl. (ret.) Wege on October 22, 2016 when the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team comes back to Huntsville. The game begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Metro Kiwanis SportsPlex on Patton Road in Huntsville. Parking and admission are free.
To learn more about the softball team, you can visit their Facebook page here:
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is a non-profit organization. Lance Cpl. (ret.) Wege said 87 cents for each dollar goes right back to the organization. The team is not affiliated with other charities having the words “Wounded Warrior” in their name.