March 6, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
During the Army softball team's trip to Washington, D.C., over the weekend to compete at the Colonial Classic, the players and staff visited wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Saturday morning.
The tour was headed by Evette Matthew of the Warrior Family Coordination Team with Capt. Constance Evans escorting the members of Army's group that met with five wounded warriors. Four of the soldiers were inpatients at Walter Reed with the other an outpatient assigned housing in the complex due to the extent of his long term care.
Two Academy graduates, Nick Vogt 2010, along with Jake Murphy 2009 and his fianceé Lisa, were among the soldiers they visited. Both are double amputees with Vogt still in ICU and Murphy an outpatient.
Army's group, which included 15 players, head coach Michelle DePolo, assistant coaches Kate Stake and Benet Higgs, along with head officer representative Col Deb McDonald, interacted with the soldiers and gave each of them a softball shirt. Despite their injuries, the soldiers showed the determination, grit and positive attitude that has been the trait of American soldiers since the days of the American Revolution.
"It was one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences I've had since becoming a part of the Army softball team," said Army co-captain Alexis AuBuchon. "I was extremely proud to see how enthusiastic our team was about supporting our wounded veterans and fellow West Point graduates. It was an amazing experience, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to share it with my teammates and the staff."