SPC Haywood Range, Veteran

Current Location:

  Palm Beach Gardens, Florida


Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)/Current Occupation:

  11B (Infantryman)


WTU of Recovery:

  Fort Sam Houston, Warrior Transition Battalion, Texas


Hometown:

  Palm Beach Gardens, Florida


School(s):

  Jacksonville University


Events:

  Swimming, Track, Field

Injury or Illness:

  Right Arm Amputation


Spc. Haywood Range grew up in Jupiter, Florida and attended college at Jacksonville University on a football scholarship. Athletics always were a driving force to stay focused and remain on course. After his college years were over, Spc. Range found himself back home without much direction as to the next steps he would take towards his future. The picture that seemed so unclear would land him at an Army recruiting office signing enlistment documents to serve his country. “After all, the only thing more American than football, is serving our great nation,” said Range.

With just over a year under his belt, Spc. Range was injured when his combat vehicle rolled over during a training exercise at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. His vehicle rolled over approximately ten times and resulted in the amputation of his right arm.

During the long months of physical and emotional recovery, Spc. Range remained focused on the stark contrast between his life and his limb. “Knowing that moving forward would be his only option, he transferred to Fort Sam Houston for treatment,” said Range. Spc. Haywood was able to join an adaptive sports team and it reiterated his love for athletics and competition. “I was able to compete at many levels and events to include two triathlons, 2014 Endeavor Games and Texas Regionals. In addition, Spc. Range received several offers to participate in adaptive sports at the college level. “Adaptive sports, my family and most importantly my faith in Christ have ultimately driven me to overcome what seemed impossible,” elated Range.

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Year Event Results

2015

DoD Warrior Games Gold Men’s Shot Put Standing 5.0 (Field)
Silver Men’s 800m Run 5.0 (Track)
Silver Men’s Discus Throw Standing 5.0 (Field)