Wounded warriors train for Dragon Boat Festival races this weekend

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DENVER -- Don’t let her smaller size fool you. Rob Martinez of Denver is a wounded warrior. She served in the United States Navy Special Operations. When asked what was her job, she quickly replied, “That’s a good question. That’s a million dollar question.” That’s a question Martinez simply isn’t allowed to answer.”

Martinez was wounded in an explosion that fractured her neck and caused traumatic brain injury. When asked in what country, she said, “What country? Can’t say it.”

Being a wounded and disabled veteran is something Martinez can talk about, “My family has been through this struggle with me too, it’s not just me, my family had to suffer as well.”

Someone told her about Adaptive Adventures, an organization that serves adults, youth, veterans and their families with physical disabilities to provide outdoor recreation. “You come out here and you beat the paddle. That’s why we say we battle with our paddles and it’s because this is what we needed. This is what we needed.” She said.

She and 80 other wounded warriors will be out at Sloan's Lake in Denver this Saturday for the annual Dragon Boat Festival. They will be competing with the best of them in the dragon boat races.

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