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THOMASVILLE, N.C.--When the Warrior Games kick-off in Colorado Saturday, a veteran from the Piedmont will be there, ready to battle it out with hundreds of other wounded veterans.

This will be Thomasville native Sergent Joe Smith's third year competing in Olympic Air Rifle and Swimming.

Smith suffered a spinal cord injury in 2004 while serving in Afghanistan.

Now retired and wheelchair-bound, Smith says The Warrior Games allow him to reconnect to those who also risked their lives serving their country.