… U.S. Air Force Sergeant Joshua Leary’s wish was for a recursive bow to participate in the 2020 Warrior Games.
Throughout his recovery, Leary has found physical and mental therapeutic benefits through archery. In the past, he has participated in adaptive sports clinics and archery events, using a borrowed bow. One of his most memorable experiences was competing in the Air Force Wounded Warrior trails and hitting the target while shooting blindfolded and earned a gold medal in the visually impaired division. A memorable moment portraying his commitment to his recovery because just one year before, he was undergoing treatment at Visually Impaired and Blind Rehabilitation Center in California, where he learned how to used an adaptive archery tripod. Excited, proud and driven, Leary wants to share dis newfound passion for archery with other veterans who may be visually impaired, too.
While Leary still struggles with chronic headaches, PTSD, mobility problems, cognitive processing complications and low vision, the support from his wife, Glenda, and his children has helped his recovery.
Leary and his wife currently reside in Charlestown, Indiana, with their three kids, cocker spaniel and Leary’s service dog, Hawk. Glenda has learned a lot about being a caregiver during Joshua’s recovery and is an Elizabeth Dole Fellow, which gives her the opportunity to impact other military caregivers.
Leary found HOPE through Hope For The Warriors and A Warrior’s Wish, and continues to work hard on his recovery and never letting challenges impede him in attaining his goals.
“At the end of the day, we’re a family and we support each other,” Glenda said. “We’re just looking for our little blessings every day, taking it one step at a time. We just love each other even through the rough days.”