National Veterans Wheelchair Games

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Jeff DeLeon

Photograph By Chip Litherland for ESPN

Jeff DeLeon, a Navy veteran from Salem, Ore., said sports can change lives. "I go to the Paralympics and watch all these kids compete and they're an inspiration for me," he told the Keizertimes in 2011. "When you can bring somebody out and let them try something that will help them view their lives differently ... that's what gives me such a great feeling."