Michael Kacer is presently competing in the Invictus Games and has already won numerous medals. The Invictus Games are an international Paralympic-style multi-sport event, created by the British Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing.
Report by Paula Antolini
May 11, 2016 11:56AM EDT
Wounded War Veteran Michael Kacer Competes in Invictus Games 2016, Wins Medals
Michael Kacer is presently competing in the Invictus Games and has already won numerous medals. Invictus Games 2016, Track & Field, Michael Kacer:
Silver – 100m mens
Silver – 200m mens
Bronze – Discuss
Gold – 4×1 Relay
“Not making excuses but man am I getting smoked in the pool. I may of had the back, but couldn’t get off the lines ….. leaving 110 out there but is what it is.” —Michael Kacer, comment 1 hour ago today.
“Ugh swimming 8-11. Idk how much is left. My legs are so heavy and hips/calves so tight. I had a shot at breast and back. Now it’s just going to be super fun swims and see what happens.” —Michael Kacer comment 6 hours ago today.
Prince Harry recently announced that the Invictus story will continue and that there will be a third Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada in September 2017.
For more information the 2016 Games please visit their website at www.invictusgames2016.org.
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“With God and my dog (Meathead aka Meaty) as my Co-pilots …. Nothing can go wrong despite whatever adventures or adversity is thrown my way.” —Michael Kacer
Kacer volunteered for and served four tours of duty, one in Bosnia and three in Afghanistan, continuing to fight for our freedom. When asked why he kept volunteering for more tours of duty, he described a scene from the movie Black Hawk Down. He said he identified with a character in the movie who worried about the inexperienced soldiers that had “just signed a military contract” or other soldiers who were fighting because of their beliefs, and he wanted to make sure they’d be okay. He said, “You go back for the guys and women fighting to the left and right of you.”
Michael Kacer was on a mission on foot patrol, assisting another company, when he was wounded in action in June 2008 at age 26. A 110mm rocket came through the roof of a concrete building he was in and landed about ten feet away from him. This resulted in multiple internal and external injuries. He said he had a 6-inch skull fracture, traumatic brain injury (TBI), multiple wounds on his torso and face, ear to ear fractures in about 24 locations, jaw broken in three places, three broken ribs, two collapsed lungs, a severed intestine and a mangled arm, leading to the amputation of his left arm above the elbow. He also suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Several of his buddy soldiers lost their lives in that moment.
Others in his unit were also badly wounded. Kacer said he lost his Medic, age 19, and his Mechanic, age 36, who died instantly. He said a civilian contractor has his right arm severed and his Master Sgt. severed his femoral artery and had severe right forearm damage. All had families who loved them, Kacer said.
A 2008 report from Kacer’s home town newspaper, the Wayne Independent, said that an aunt of Kacer’s, Mary Andzulis, of Pittstown, NJ, indicated that her nephew “pushed one soldier on the floor out of harm’s way and took the brunt of injuries.”