La. Guardsman represents us at an international sporting event

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A Louisiana National Guardsman from Franklinton, Maj. Stephen “Lee” McCain, represents the United States as a physical therapist at the Invictus Games in the Netherlands, April 16-22, 2022. McCain has served as a physical therapist for the U.S. military and veterans participating in the games and provided physiotherapy care to participants. (US Army National Guard courtesy photo)

By Staff Sgt. Josiah Pugh, Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office

NEW ORLEANS – A Louisiana National Guardsman from Franklinton, Louisiana, Maj. Stephen Lee McCain, represented the United States as a physical therapist at the Invictus Games in the Netherlands, April 16-22. McCain is LANG’s only physical therapist and is assigned to the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

The Invictus Games are an international sporting event held since 2014 for wounded, injured and ill service members, both serving and veterans. ‘Invictus’ means ‘undefeated’ in Latin and represents the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured and sick and what they can achieve after their injuries. Over 500 participants took part in ten sports: athletics, weightlifting, hand archery, indoor rowing, Land Rover Driving Challenge, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, cycling, sitting volleyball and swimming.

“Working at the Invictus Games was a unique opportunity and was the highlight of my career as a physical therapist,” McCain said. “Like wearing the uniform, it gave me a great sense of pride and patriotism to be able to represent our country internationally.”

McCain was recommended for the position by the 7th Special Forces Group physical therapist due to his reputation for exceptional clinical skills and his ability to work well with every team. He was then interviewed and selected by the US team medical officer.

At the event, McCain served as a physical therapist for U.S. service members and veterans attending the games. He provided physical therapy care to the USA Invictus team during their training at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, and while they competed in games overseas.

“The most meaningful part of the games was the ability to work and build relationships with our warriors across the Department of Defense,” McCain said. “The male and female Invictus Games athletes are an incredible group of individuals who have overcome much adversity. It was an incredible experience to watch them continue to push the limits of their physical and mental limits. They showed the human spirit and showed what we are truly capable of.

McCain is also a holistic health and fitness physical therapist with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, headquartered in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

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