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Wheelchair-bound vets compete in Nationals

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SAN ANTONIO — Two wheelchair-bound veterans battled it out in a national shooting clays championship held at the National Shooting Complex.

Alvin Guerrero and Ronald Lofton are part of the Texas Paralyzed Veterans Association’s shooting program where they ended up participating in the championship.

The national championship is one of the largest of its kind in the country.

Guerre635810690419884406-VETERANSro and Lofton competed last year in the wheelchair class, but didn’t make it to the final round. They said it’s exciting to be the final two for the winning title.

“This is great. I get to be around some really nice people. We have a lot of fun, and it’s nice. We get to get out here and relax,” said Lofton.

Lofton is an Army veteran who injured his lower back and lost his left leg in motorcycle accident.

Guerrero is an Air Force veteran who also got into a motorcycle crash that left him wheelchair bound.

Guerrero said he hopes other veterans will join the shooting program and participate in the championship next year. He said it can make a difference for veterans trying to adjust back to civilian life.

“Your life hasn’t changed, and we’re living proof. [It’s easier to acclimate] back into society when you are around the same people who have the same disabilities you have,” said Guerrero.

Though Guerrero ended up winning, Lofton said there’s always next year to compete again.

The Texas Paralyzed Veterans Association finds special equipment to help quadriplegic veterans who want to shoot.

 

 

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Sharon Ko, KENS 5

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