Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What This Inspiring Contest Means to Me; Captain David Henson Lost His Legs after an IED Blast. He Won Two Golds in the Freestyle Swimming at the Warrior Games in the US

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

What This Inspiring Contest Means to Me; Captain David Henson Lost His Legs after an IED Blast. He Won Two Golds in the Freestyle Swimming at the Warrior Games in the US

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Byline: Captain David Henson

I AM injured but this does not define me. I am a veteran but in my heart I am still a soldier. I am a husband, son, brother and uncle. I am ambitious.

I am proud to be here with other service personnel to announce this incredible event, the Invictus Games.

These games bring the story of life beyond disability, of overcoming fear and trauma, of redefining yourself.

It is the story of rediscovering what it is to be a serviceman, with all the grit and spirit this brings.

My journey began when I was deployed to Afghanistan as a Royal Engineer Search Adviser, responsible for leading a team of soldiers in the search for improvised explosive devices. At a compound clearance on February 13, 2011, I stepped on an IED that resulted in the loss of both of my legs above the knee.

When I was in the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham I had a visit from another injured Royal Engineer, Nick Beighton, who represented Great Britain in rowing in the 2012 Paralympics. …

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