Thirty-nine Team Navy athletes are competing in the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Chicago.

The Paralympic-style competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans includes archery, cycling, field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and wheelchair basketball.

While the athletes are competing for gold, the adaptive sports and the Games are about more than just winning. For some, the experience has been life changing and life saving.

U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew Brame

Approximately 265 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and U.S. Special Operations Command, as well as the United Kingdom Armed Forces and the Australian Defence Force are competing until July 8 in Chicago.