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“So in 2012, I got a text message that said, ‘Did you hear about Ben?’ A good friend of mine, a brother, someone who I played lacrosse with at West Point who is also a fellow Infantry Officer. And I instantly thought the worst as I knew he was deployed as a special forces team leader. And when I finally spoke to my friend he told me that Ben had stepped on a pressure plate and had lost both his legs and was in absolutely critical condition.

Fast forward a year and he’s stable. He’s walking on legs. He has prosthetics. But his goal is to play in the Shootout for Soldiers in the next year with me. Him in goal and me facing off. And that’d be a real special event.”

United States Army Capt. Erik Mineo’s reflects on service, lacrosse and the importance of community for veterans returning home.