PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDDan Lasko, with his family, Jess, Ben and Luke, all of Hanover Township, is a key player for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team. Lasko lost his left leg as a result of an IED in Afghanistan in 2004. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Former Navy Corpsman 1st Class Kelly Smith, of Orlando, Fla., is the only female currently on the team. She had 11 deployments during her career and served three times in Iraq, where she lost her left arm during an attack. Army Staff Sgt. Michael Kacer, of Carbondale, Lackawanna County, was deployed with the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 28th Division. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
“Soul Man,” Philadelphia Soul’s mascot, stands with Dan Stevens, who was born without legs due to thalidomide. Stevens is an Emmy award winning sports commentator from Connecticut and was “drafted” by the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team in 2013. He considers himself a “half-brother” of the team. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, with Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team coach Matt Millen and Collin Mooney, Millen’s son-in-law. Mooney is a West Point graduate and left the Army as a captain. He has played for the NFL Tennessee Titans and the Atlanta Falcons. He is currently a free agent. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Dennis Ruddy, is the senior member of the team and was in the Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. He served in Germany for his enlistment. He lost his leg as a result of post-surgical infection. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Coach Matt Millen has a photo taken with Gia Gaudet, of Warminster, the official “unofficial” cheer squad for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team. Gaudet has spina bifida rendering her wheelchair bound. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
The “NFL Alumni” Allentown Police Department Officers and Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team gather for a group photo with Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th, third from the right in the front row, at the game. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Philadelphia Soul coach and part owner Ron Jaworski addresses the audience and players at the game. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Dan Lasko takes off on a run which led to a touchdown at the football game. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Having only one arm did nothing to stop Mike Kacer from catching most catches and having some very good runs. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Handing off to a wheelchair is not something you see at every football game. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Wounded Warriors vs. police
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team took on the “NFL Alumni” made up of mostly Allentown Police Department officers at the PPL Arena recently following an Arena Football League game between the Philadelphia Soul and the Cleveland Gladiators.
The WWAFT was founded to raise awareness of Wounded Warriors and their families.
It is also a testimony to the perseverance of this group of veterans to excel in spite of their physical challenges.
And, they have a 15-0 record on the field.
Joining the WWAFT for the game was Congressman Charlie Dent, R-15th.
As chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, Dent has a direct interest in the welfare of both active military personnel as well as veterans.
He expressed his support to all the veterans at the game.