Injured marine coping with depression through sports

Trey Lafitte joined the marines in the summer of 2004.
He got deployed to Africa for 9 months and came back without a scratch.
It was an accident on base in Alabama that altered his life.
“Next thing I know I woke up and I was in a traction bed in the hospital and in a lot of pain,” says Lafitte.
Lafitte says they were coming back from the machine gun range and the bus overturned, “It took my ability to walk and I ended up breaking a couple ribs and puncturing a lung and messed up my left shoulder and broke my shoulder in about 7 places.”
Growing up Lafitte says it was his dream to serve his country but the accident changed that.
“A lot got taken away from me, but I was able to accomplish enough to where I felt good about myself to know what I’ve done mattered,” says Lafitte.
Lafitte says the first two years being a paraplegic were the toughest with PTSD and depression weighing him down.
“I went through all the times where I didn’t think it was fair and stuff like that,” says Lafitte.
Then he found MACE, metro area community empowerment, and joined the “Rolling Tigers” basketball team.
“Just over times you have to find different ways to cope and a big way a lot of us find ways to cope is through sports and other activities,” says Lafitte.
Other activities including hand cycling and participating in the marine Corp marathon for the fifth year.
Now he says his goals shifted from serving his country to representing his country on the Paralympic team.
Lafitte says the only thing standing in the way of his goal is his equipment.
Since he’s constantly practicing he says he needs a new chair to be able to compete.

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