Staff Sergeant John Wayne Joss ready to compete and win at Paralympic Games
The year was 2007 and Staff Sergeant John Wayne Joss was serving in combat, but one vehicle ride changed everything.
"It was a complicated ambush and I was wounded, medevac, stabilized and then rehabilitated in the States," he said.
As a result of his injuries, Joss lost a portion of his leg. That was nearly ten years ago and since then, Joss hasn’t skipped a beat. He kept serving and later joined the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.
"You’d be amazed at what you can do if you have to," Joss said. "I knew that hey this injury, I’m not gonna be that guy woe is me, let me get back on top, let me do everything I wanted to do that I did before now with this injury and it hasn’t really slowed me down."
So much in fact that he’s no longer just a member of the USAMU, he’s a Paralympian who will represent Team USA in the 2016 Paralympic Games.
"I don’t know what percentage it is for anybody to go to the Paralympic Games or the Olympic games but it’s so miniscule, you wouldn’t be able to really notice it it’s so small," he said. "It’s a big choice for me and a big chance for me and I’m happy going there."
Joss is no stranger to winning medals. He earned top honors at the USA shooting national championships back in 2013 and 2014. Next up is his debut at the Paralympics and while the stage will be different, the goal is the same.
"A lot of people will say hey I made the team, I’m done now I can have a good time but that’s now how I am," said Joss. "I’m going there to win and that’s my goal."
Joss’ goal of winning a medal begins on September 10th when he competes in his first of two events.