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Texas Rowing for All helps troops recover

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A couple times a month disabled soldiers from the San Antonio Military Medical Facilities and vets can come to the Texas Rowing Center and hit the water for adaptive rowing practice.

Two recovering troops are here for the first time.

"A lot of our graduates after their rehab have come to row because it's such a great sport. It works the whole body it's aerobic and anaerobic," Marty Zuehlke of the Austin Rowing Club said.

This is a program with the Texas Rowing for all organization and the Rowing Center. It's open to almost anyone with a disability and a desire.

"We pretty much can get anyone on the water and it's an opportunity for them to come out and learn rowing techniques even if they've never rowed before," Zuehlke said.

Kara Roth with the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio encourages disabled military and vets to come here. She did and it's done wonders for her.

"It is a sport but it's just to get out in the community and to get back to doing something that they enjoy doing. They may have done it before their injury but to find something they'll like doing in the community," Roth said.

Rowing just happens to be one of those sports that adapts well for people who've lost limbs.

"Most of these men and women are athletes. Soldiers are athletes. I've been blown away by what kind of athletes we've been given. People with no legs, one leg that are more powerful than can be imagined," Roth said.

So far more than 60 soldier/athletes have participated in the program. Organizers say the program has been going for three and a half years now and they hope the "therapy on water" continues. The Texas Rowing For All program doesn't charge the service people or the vets who participate.

Donations are key to this program. For more information or to make a donation click here.

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