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MS native will compete in Warrior Games

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Kenyactha Meyers, Source: Department of Defense Kenyactha Meyers, Source: Department of Defense
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Retired Navy Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Kenyactha Myers will compete on behalf of Team Navy in the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Quantico, Va. on June 19-28.

She is a native of Magee and current resident of Collins.

Myers joined the Navy in January 2009, and two years later she deployed to Iraq for six months. Shortly after returning home, she began receiving treatment for anxiety, depression and nightmares.

Less than two years later, she deployed again to Afghanistan with Electronic Attack Squadron 138 for three months, and afterwards was formally diagnosed with post-traumatic stress.

Adaptive sports have been a critical component of her ongoing recovery efforts.

Myers said, “It's an honor to participate in the 2015 DoD Warrior Games. The Navy was and always will be a part of my life, so to represent it on the ‘big stage' makes me proud. Honor, courage, commitment!”

Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor, the Navy and Coast Guard's wounded warrior support program, is sponsoring Myers in the Games. She is one of 39 Team Navy members who were selected for the team after competing in the Wounded Warrior Pacific Trials.

She will be participating in cycling and swimming events.

“This year's Team Navy roster includes wounded warrior athletes in various stages of recovery, who face a wide range of life-altering medical conditions,” said Navy Wounded Warrior Director Capt. Brent Breining.

The 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games promote athletic reconditioning of wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans by encouraging them to stay active, improving their mental resiliency, connecting them to their peers, and linking them to new opportunities for growth and achievement.

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