LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — They risked their lives on the battlefield, coming home from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan missing a hand, an arm, a leg — and bearing the invisible emotional wounds of warfare.Now they have found new life on the ball field, buoyed by the spirit of competition and a new-found camaraderie that sustains them.A group of young men, bonded by the love of a game they thought they would never play again, gathered beneath a blue-gray sky this week at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in the shadow of a place where dreams come true.The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, a 10-month-old team made up of injured vets from all branches of the service, held a brisk practice session Wednesday — with players smacking balls deep into the gap, chasing down high flies on the run, fielding hard grounders and firing to first base.The fact that they did so missing a limb seemed almost inconsequential in the steady flow of baseball motion — with state-of-the-art prosthetic legs powering players in fluid strides, agile moves and impressive speed you might not have thought possible. For others, sheer willpower has allowed them to make solid contact at… Read full this story
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