COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo - Our Wear Red Friday segment by definition are those who are in the military or those who support them. This is a case of two for one in this story. The Warrior Games just ended at the Air Force Academy. These are military from all branches who've been wounded in body, but not in spirit are competing in various athletic competitions. This week we are honoring them and those who made the games possible as our Wear Red Friday Heroes.
SSG Spencer Charles Anderson is a Fort Carson soldier among this group of men and women. He was badly hurt in 2007 in Iraq but as he put it, "We rule our injuries, we don't let them rule us." SSG Anderson competed in cycling, track and seated volleyball. This is his second Warrior Games but he told me he'll be back next year to go for the gold. I caught up with Spencer at the pool before races. Even though he wasn't competing in this event, he said he had to be here, "It's 100 percent team focus so it's important to be here for one another. I don't want to just show up to my event and leave."
NFL Great Herschel Walker was also at the Warrior Games motivating and inspiring these athletes. He told me it's important to be here to honor these brave men and women who've given up so much, "It touched my heart to be here. They have sacrificed so much and to see their resilience in competing in something like this is well, this is the least I can do."
When it comes to the term heroes being tossed around, SSG Spencer Anderson shrugged off that word for him and others, "You don't have to be a soldier to be a hero. If you work your job everyday and are part of the solution and not the problem you make America what we are."
That selfless philosophy of life is why SSG Spencer Charles Anderson, the other Warriors at the games and those who made it possible are our Wear Red Friday Heroes.
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