Russell Berger explains how a company called 9Line works to support wounded warriors in their fight to recover from injury.
In 2006, Juan Valentin was badly injured by an IED explosion while serving overseas. The process of his recovery gave him a unique knowledge and understanding of just how difficult it can be to go from an elite warrior to having little or no ability to train as an athlete.
“I was a very active person,” Valentin recalled, “but after I was injured, I had no training system that could allow me to stay active and healthy until I found CrossFit.”
After a medical retirement from the military, Valentin brought his own experience and love of the CrossFit program to a company called 9Line LLC. 9Line is a disabled-veteran-owned small business created for one specific purpose: to assist in the advocacy and support of our nation’s wounded Special Operations Forces warriors.
Shortly after the creation of the company, the Department of Defense issued 9Line a grant to create something truly unique. In partnership with the United States Olympic Committee Paralympic Program, Valentin developed The Wounded Warrior Athlete Program and called the team of wounded veterans he recruited “The Bionic Warriors.”