Photo By Sgt. Joshua Brownlee | U.S. Air Force Veteran Christopher Cochrane throws a shotput in the Men's Seated Shotput at the 2016 DoD Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. The Warrior Games is a Paralympic-style adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured Service members and veterans. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Joshua Brownlee/Released)
| View Image Page
“It was a long transition period for both of us,” Ashley said. “A year and a half after the injury he started participating in adaptive sports.”
Christopher has regained limited use of his right side, but said that his recovery has been a battle. Ashley attends every workout and event with her husband, making her as much a competitor as he.
“I had to drag him to his first competition,” Ashley said. “Now he feels like he has a new mission. It’s not just the coaches, but the teammates jump in as well. It’s a big family!”
Christopher said that he feels the caregivers, like his wife, do not get enough credit for what they do. Sticking by her husband through the dark times, Ashley thanked the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program for their support to her husband and herself.
“This program has been a game-changer for me as well,” Ashley said.
The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program coordinates the care and transition support of seriously wounded, ill and injured Airmen and provides resources and support to their families.
Ashley and Christopher look forward to many more Paralympic-style competitions.
“I’m proud of her,” said Christopher. “She’s doing awesome!”
Ashley supports and coaches him through the 2016 DoD Warrior Games, a Paralympic-style event, at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., from 15-21 June.
Christopher competes in swimming, cycling, field events and as a sitting volleyball alternate in the 2016 DoD Warrior Games.