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ABOUT USA PAtriots

OUR MISSION

The USA Patriots Softball Team is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to inspire and educate others while enhancing the health and welfare of Wounded Warrior Amputees. The USA Patriots represents some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans. These men and women have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation, and through extensive rehabilitation, they have become competitive athletes again, playing against able- bodied teams in exhibition games across the country. Their armor now includes prosthetic legs and arms, along with extreme perseverance and attitude. In addition, the team host an annual Kids Camp where we bring in 20 children (between 8-12 years old) with amputations or loss of limbs for a week-long camp where our team members serve as coaches and mentors. The team pays the expenses for the 20 children and one parent/guardian. This is just one example of what makes them America’s Amputee Softball Team, and true USA Patriots.

 

Our Priorities

The USA Patriots athletes are examples of amputees who continue to push the limits of modern prosthetics. Of course, our dream would be the return of our soldiers from harm’s way without the loss of life or limb. Until such a time, our goal is to support and honor our veterans’ sacrifices, and to show others that life without a limb is limitless. In addition to raising funds for our softball program costs, we host an annual Kids Camp where we bring in 20 children (between 8-12 years old) with amputations for a week-long camp where our team members serve as coaches and mentors. The USA Patriots pays all expenses for the 20 children and one guardian. Our Kids Camp for 2018 will be held in Manchester, NH on June 10-17. The video below will show the amazing power of putting Wounded Warrior Amputees on a field with children who are also amputees:

 

Other Information

Our website, usapatriotsamputeesoftball.org provides a lot of information about the USA Patriots. The USA Patriots is also on Social Media where our fans can follow us. Supporters can “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter. Links to Social Media can be found at the bottom of the page. The USA Patriots is not affiliated with other charities having the words “Wounded Warrior” in their name (e.g. Wounded Warrior Project, etc.). Since our inception over 85% of our donations have supported programs helping Wounded Warrior Amputees, amputee children, and medical research.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Bob Eisiminger

Mr. Eisiminger knows that the success of KPS is due to the individuals that serve the customers on the front lines and to that point he has a strong focus on a building and maintaining a company culture that allows individuals the ability to perform their best in service of the customer.

Jack Jones

Jack Jones brings in-depth softball experience to the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Board of Directors. He has participated in ASA softball for 43 years in Indiana, South Dakota and North Dakota. He has played, managed and sponsored teams that have won 26 North Dakota ASA State Championships and 6 ASA National Championships.

Jeanne Tumanjan

Jeanne Tumanjan is an administrator for Tumanjan Homes Corporation, a family owned development company in California since 1977. Ms. Tumanjan has also been an event planner for over 30 years and has devoted the last 14 years to fundraising for non-profits and numerous charitable causes. Jeanne also received a 2018 Women of the Year Award from Mission Viejo and the state of California.

Josh Wege

Josh Wege, retired Lance Corporal in the United States Marines Corps, currently plays for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. On his first tour of duty in Afghanistan, his vehicle struck a two hundred pound improvised explosive device which resulted in the amputations of both his legs below the knees.

Brian Gentilotti

Brian has served with the USA Patriots for 4 years and has dedicated much of his time helping and mentoring children who face the challenges of limb loss. After a deployment while serving in the United States Air Force, Brian was hit by a vehicle on his motorcycle, which caused the amputation of his right leg below the knee.

Brent Nadjadi

Brent has traveled with the team for 3 years after an injury occurred while serving in Afghanistan while in the United States Army resulting in the amputation of his leg. When not on the field, Brent is spending time with his family. Brent holds an MBA in Business Administration from the American Military University.

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Team Roster

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Player
Pos.
B/T
Team Service
Randy Raper
Head Coach

ABOUT

Current Residence: Hackleburg, AL

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Chief Master Sgt. Randy Raper 56th Wing Command Chief

Job Title: ASA/USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team Coach, Previous Armed Forces Softball Assistant Coach

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

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Team Dog, Huey

ABOUT

Current Residence: Eagle River, AK

Owner: Reese Hine

INTERESTS

Softball, taking care of his people, and eating dog treats!

Jessica Bosquez
PT

ABOUT

Hometown: Fond Du Lac, WI

Current Residence: Brownsville, WI

College: Carrol College

Job Title: Team Physical Therapist, DPT

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

Rob Vande Zande

ABOUT

Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI

Current Residence: Fond du Lac, WI

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank: Senior Airman

Amputations: Lower right leg

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

Kai Schjang
Asst. Coach

ABOUT

Hometown: St. Croix Virgin Island

Current Residence: St. Croix Virgin Island

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Lt. Colonel

Job Title: Assistant Coach

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

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Andrew Peden

ABOUT

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Current Residence: Orland, FL

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Amputations: Left leg below knee.

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

29
Saul Monroy

ABOUT

Hometown: El Paso, TX

Current Residence: El Paso, TX

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Left below knee

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

31
Michael "Mike" Gallardo
INF
R/R
5 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Current Residence: Nutley, NJ

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Left below knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, and Football

Reese Hines

ABOUT

Hometown:

Current Residence: Eagle River, AK

Service Branch: Air Force, EOD

Rank: Master Sergeant

Amputations: Multiple skull/facial fractures, right eye enucleation and left eye corneal

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

07
Michael Brown
UTL
R/R
3 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

Current Residence: Redstone Arsenal, AL

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Scuba diving and reading.

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Saul Bosquez
INF
R/R
8 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Adrian, MI

Current Residence: Brownsville, WI

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Corporal

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Football, Golf, University of Michigan

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Zachary "Beef" Briseno
P/INF
R/R
5 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Current Residence: Fort Worth, TX

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Corporal

Amputations: Bilateral Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Hunting, Football, Weightlifting, and Coaching Son’s Baseball Team.

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Thomas "Tom" Carlo
P/DH
R/R
7 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Current Residence: New Cumberland, PA

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Gunnery Sergeant

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Football, NY Yankees, NY Giants, Art/Drawing, and Family.

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Heather Carter
Asst. Coach
R/R
2 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Barrington, RI

Current Residence: Arlington, VA

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank: Senior Airman

Amputations: Left Above the Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Cycling, Volleyball, Kayaking, and Basketball.

13
Nicholas "Nick" Clark
OF
R/R
8 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Yakima, WA

Current Residence: Cooperstown, NY

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Corporal

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Disc Gold, Skateboarding, and Drums.

27
Manuel "Manny" Del Rio
INF/C
R/R
5 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Van Nuys, CA

Current Residence: Northridge, CA

Service Branch: Navy

Rank: Airman

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Basketball, Muscle Cars, and Skiing.

25
Justin Feagin
INF/OF
R/R
6 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Merit, TX

Current Residence: Melissa, TX

Service Branch: Army

Rank:

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball and Baseball

34
Timothy "Tim" Horton
INF/OF
R/R
7 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Sulphur Springs, TX

Current Residence: San Antonio, TX

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Lance Corporal

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Wrestling, Football, Basketball, and Weight Lifting.

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Nick Salerno
Utility
R/R
2 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Albany, NY

Current Residence: Tampa, FL

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Corporal

Amputations: Right Leg Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Working out, and Physical Education.

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Cody Rice
OF/INF
R/R
4 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Newark, OH

Current Residence: Grass Valley, CA

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Amputations: Right Symes

INTERESTS

Softball, Football. Wakeboarding, Basketball, and Fishing.

22
Randy Tedder
P/UTL
R/R
2 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: College Park, GA

Current Residence: Whittier, NC

Service Branch: Navy

Rank: Damage Controlman III

Amputations: Left Leg Below the Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Georgia Bulldogs, Texas Hold’em Poker, and his Grandkids

23
Joshua "Josh" Wege
OF/INF
R/R
8 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Campbellsport, WI

Current Residence: Fond Du Lac, WI

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Lance Corporal

Amputations: Bilateral Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Football, Volleyball, Cycling, Rowing, Swimming, Track & Field, and Soccer.

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William "Rick" Wilk
INF/OF
R/R
4 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Sugar Land, TX

Current Residence: Seabrook, TX

Service Branch: Army

Rank:

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Hunting, Golf, and Fishing.

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Christopher "Chris" Hutton
P/INF
R/R
4 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Grand Forks, ND

Current Residence: Grand Forks, ND

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Volleyball, Hunting, Fishing, Motorcycles, and Snowmobiling.

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Dan Lopez
UTL/C
R/R
3 Years

ABOUT

Hometown:

Current Residence: Williamsburg, VA

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Right Above Knee

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

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Ben Mitchell
Catcher
L/L
3 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: St.Croix, US Virgin Islands

Current Residence: Houston, TX

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Colonel

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Martial Arts and Music

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Brent Nadjadi
UTL
R/R
3 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Bath, NY

Current Residence: Bath, NY

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Amputations: Left Below the Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Golf, Hunting, Fishing

09
Gregory "Greg" Reynolds
OF
L/R
8 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Dighton, MA

Current Residence: Dighton, MA

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Amputations: Left Arm Forequarter

INTERESTS

Softball, Weight Lifting, Golf, Fishing, Baseball, Texas Hold’em Poker, and 4-wheelers.

02
Matias Ferreira
INF/C
R/R
6 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Current Residence: Long Island, NY

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Lance Corporal

Amputations: Bilateral Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball. College Football, Soccer, Track, Sky Diving, Snowboarding, Dancing, Traveling, Volunteering, and Biking.

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Brian Gentilotti
UTL
R/R
3 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Holden, MA

Current Residence: Jefferson, MA

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank:

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Coffee, family, spending time with my nieces, and helping people living with limb loss.

12
Danielle Green
C/DH
Utility
4 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Current Residence: South Bend, IN

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Specialist

Amputations: Left arm below the elbow

INTERESTS

Traveling, Fine Dining, Quality Family Time, Golf, Softball, Health & Wellness, Leadership, and Veteran’s Advocacy.

33
Jeff Hackett
C/1B
R/R
2 Years

ABOUT

Hometown: West Haven, CT

Current Residence: Mexico, NY

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant First Class

Amputations: Right Leg Above Knee

INTERESTS

Mobiling, Camping, Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Shooting Weapons, Public Speaking, Photography, and Video Games.

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Player
Pos.
B/T
Randy Raper
Head Coach

ABOUT

Current Residence: Hackleburg, AL

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Chief Master Sgt. Randy Raper 56th Wing Command Chief

Job Title: ASA/USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team Coach, Previous Armed Forces Softball Assistant Coach

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

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Team Dog, Huey

ABOUT

Current Residence: Eagle River, AK

Owner: Reese Hine

INTERESTS

Softball, taking care of his people, and eating dog treats!

Jessica Bosquez
PT

ABOUT

Hometown: Fond Du Lac, WI

Current Residence: Brownsville, WI

College: Carrol College

Job Title: Team Physical Therapist, DPT

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

Rob Vande Zande

ABOUT

Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI

Current Residence: Fond du Lac, WI

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank: Senior Airman

Amputations: Lower right leg

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

Kai Schjang
Asst. Coach

ABOUT

Hometown: St. Croix Virgin Island

Current Residence: St. Croix Virgin Island

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Lt. Colonel

Job Title: Assistant Coach

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

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Andrew Peden

ABOUT

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Current Residence: Orland, FL

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Amputations: Left leg below knee.

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

29
Saul Monroy

ABOUT

Hometown: El Paso, TX

Current Residence: El Paso, TX

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Left below knee

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

31
Michael “Mike” Gallardo
INF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Current Residence: Nutley, NJ

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Left below knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, and Football

Reese Hines

ABOUT

Hometown:

Current Residence: Eagle River, AK

Service Branch: Air Force, EOD

Rank: Master Sergeant

Amputations: Multiple skull/facial fractures, right eye enucleation and left eye corneal

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

07
Michael Brown
UTL
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

Current Residence: Redstone Arsenal, AL

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Scuba diving and reading.

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Saul Bosquez
INF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Adrian, MI

Current Residence: Brownsville, WI

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Corporal

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Football, Golf, University of Michigan

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Zachary Briseno
P/INF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Current Residence: Fort Worth, TX

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Corporal

Amputations: Bilateral Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Hunting, Football, Weightlifting, and Coaching Son’s Baseball Team.

11
Thomas Carlo
P/DH
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Current Residence: New Cumberland, PA

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Gunnery Sergeant

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Football, NY Yankees, NY Giants, Art/Drawing, and Family.

06
Heather Carter
Asst. Coach
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Barrington, RI

Current Residence: Arlington, VA

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank: Senior Airman

Amputations: Left Above the Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Cycling, Volleyball, Kayaking, and Basketball.

13
Nicholas Clark
OF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Yakima, WA

Current Residence: Cooperstown, NY

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Corporal

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Disc Gold, Skateboarding, and Drums.

27
Manuel “Manny” Del Rio
INF/C
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Van Nuys, CA

Current Residence: Northridge, CA

Service Branch: Navy

Rank: Airman

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Basketball, Muscle Cars, and Skiing.

25
Justin Feagin
INF/OF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Merit, TX

Current Residence: Melissa, TX

Service Branch: Army

Rank:

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball and Baseball

34
Timothy Horton
INF/OF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Sulphur Springs, TX

Current Residence: San Antonio, TX

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Lance Corporal

Amputations: Left Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Wrestling, Football, Basketball, and Weight Lifting.

10
Nick Salerno
Utility
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Albany, NY

Current Residence: Tampa, FL

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Corporal

Amputations: Right Leg Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Working out, and Physical Education.

32
Cody Rice
OF/INF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Newark, OH

Current Residence: Grass Valley, CA

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Amputations: Right Symes

INTERESTS

Softball, Football. Wakeboarding, Basketball, and Fishing.

22
Randy Tedder
P/UTL
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: College Park, GA

Current Residence: Whittier, NC

Service Branch: Navy

Rank: Damage Controlman III

Amputations: Left Leg Below the Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Georgia Bulldogs, Texas Hold’em Poker, and his Grandkids

23
Joshua Wege
OF/INF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Campbellsport, WI

Current Residence: Fond Du Lac, WI

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Lance Corporal

Amputations: Bilateral Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Football, Volleyball, Cycling, Rowing, Swimming, Track & Field, and Soccer.

44
William Wilk
INF/OF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Sugar Land, TX

Current Residence: Seabrook, TX

Service Branch: Army

Rank:

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball, Hunting, Golf, and Fishing.

19
Christopher Hutton
P/INF
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Grand Forks, ND

Current Residence: Grand Forks, ND

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Volleyball, Hunting, Fishing, Motorcycles, and Snowmobiling.

97
Dan Lopez
UTL/C
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown:

Current Residence: Williamsburg, VA

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Amputations: Right Above Knee

INTERESTS

Information coming soon.

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Ben Mitchell
Catcher
L/L

ABOUT

Hometown: St.Croix, US Virgin Islands

Current Residence: Houston, TX

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Colonel

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Martial Arts and Music

51
Brent Nadjadi
UTL
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Bath, NY

Current Residence: Bath, NY

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Amputations: Left Below the Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Golf, Hunting, Fishing

09
Gregory Reynolds
OF
L/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Dighton, MA

Current Residence: Dighton, MA

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Amputations: Left Arm Forequarter

INTERESTS

Softball, Weight Lifting, Golf, Fishing, Baseball, Texas Hold’em Poker, and 4-wheelers.

02
Matias Ferreira
INF/C
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Current Residence: Long Island, NY

Service Branch: Marines

Rank: Lance Corporal

Amputations: Bilateral Below Knee

INTERESTS

Softball, Baseball. College Football, Soccer, Track, Sky Diving, Snowboarding, Dancing, Traveling, Volunteering, and Biking.

16
Brian Gentilotti
UTL
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: Holden, MA

Current Residence: Jefferson, MA

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank:

Amputations: Right Below Knee

INTERESTS

Coffee, family, spending time with my nieces, and helping people living with limb loss.

12
Danielle Green
C/DH
Utility

ABOUT

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Current Residence: South Bend, IN

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Specialist

Amputations: Left arm below the elbow

INTERESTS

Traveling, Fine Dining, Quality Family Time, Golf, Softball, Health & Wellness, Leadership, and Veteran’s Advocacy.

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Jeff Hackett
C/1B
R/R

ABOUT

Hometown: West Haven, CT

Current Residence: Mexico, NY

Service Branch: Army

Rank: Sergeant First Class

Amputations: Right Leg Above Knee

INTERESTS

Mobiling, Camping, Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Shooting Weapons, Public Speaking, Photography, and Video Games.

Interested in Becoming Part of the Team?

The USA Patriots are always looking for Active Duty Military Personnel and Veterans with amputations to tryout and potentially become part of the team.

For more information, contact us.

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