Ft. Benning Staff Sgt. to compete in Paralympics

Ft. Benning Staff Sgt. to compete in Paralympics

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - The Rio Olympics are in full swing down in Brazil, and a group of shooters from Fort Benning are preparing for their upcoming competitions.

Now, one more guy is gunning for the gold, only this one for the Paralympics.
Staff Sergeant John Joss will head down to Brazil next month for the 2016 games to also compete.

He lost his leg in 2007, and now he's once again ready to represent his country.

Staff Sergeant Joss is a two-time gold medalist in the U-S-A Shooting National Championships, but it's his first Paralympic games.

He can't wait to get down to Rio next month.

"I'm a competitor and I've been that way my whole life," Staff Sergeant Joss said. "I'm really proud to be representing the United States and the Army because the Army's been really good to me. I've been in for 12 years and a lot of people that were in my situation wouldn't have come out on top like I did if it weren't for the Army for me."
Staff Sergeant Joss will compete in 10-meter air rifle and also in the prone rifle events.

The 2016 Paralympics begin Sept. 7.

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