Soldier Finds Strength Through Adaptive Sports

After returning from a second combat tour in Iraq with The U.S. Army, Staff Sgt. Patrick Zeigler was shot four times, including once in the head, by another Fort Hood soldier. The prognosis doctors gave Patrick was very grave and he was not expected to live. Medical professionals believed he would remain in a vegetative state the rest of his life.

Patrick defied all odds and relearned to walk, talk and embrace life again. This week, in spite of the extent of his injuries and tragic news from Fort Hood, he learned to ski again at the DAV and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.

Along with more than 300 of his fellow veterans, he overcame obstacles through adaptive sports. Patrick shared his condolences to the families of Fort Hood victims, addressed the difficulties service members face when returning home from war, and shared his positive message of hope for the future.



DAV is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.


  1. Mike Jarrett    

    Dear Eric, I am wondering why you would find it appropriate to advertise your company on this site ? You should know that what you should be responding to is the subject of the article or something in the article. Check yourself for what you know to be right and wrong Eric.
    Patrick sounds to be a very tough person physically and mentally. It is great to hear of him using adaptive sports program to excel in life. Keep up the great work Patrick !
    Best wishes to Patrick and to everyone involved in Fort Hood incident recently.


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