Welcome to My Rally Campaign
Hello everyone! My name is Jeremy Velez (aka PJ). I am a Paralympic Archer out of San Antonio, Texas.
I am raising money on this campaign not only to help purchase much needed equipment but also to support my 2016
season on The Road to Rio.
Why I'm Raising Funds
All the funds raised will go towards the purchase of a lighter bow and adaptive equipment, travel and Registration fees for
Team USA (USAT) Qualifying Events.
How I Got Here
I was born and raised in New York City. When 9/11 happened I was too young to join the military but being at the epicenter of it all affected me more than words can really describe. At the age of 18, as soon as I could, I enlisted into the US Army.
During my ten years in the service i was critically injured in 2006 due to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast which left
me with a Spinal Cord Injury and a Traumatic Brain Injury. I recovered from my injuries for the most part but was injured for a
second time in 2012 during combat training. This time I was left with a crushed right shoulder and no movement or use of my
right arm. This was pretty bad considering I was a weapons instructor and Hand to Hand Combatives Instructor. With two years of
physical therapy and multiple procedures to include surgery the military decided to medically retire me from service. One year
before I reitred as part of my rehabilitatation I got involved with adaptive sports. I was drawn to archery not because i've done it
before but because it seemed like the best therapy for my arm and Rambo did it so i could too. Being a weapons instructor i was
able to apply the basic fundamentals to archery and was instantly hooked. I hit the ground running, going to every competition that
i could afford only to inprove my skills. The 2015 season was a first of many for me. It was my first official competitive season as
a Para Arhcer, the first time i hit and maintained my military standard of 600/720, the first time i hit the USAT standard of 630/720
and was the first time i medaled at a National Championship event. With all of my hard work and hours deticated to improve my
shot process i now rank number nine in the nation for the 50 meter outdoor and number three for the 18 meter indoor with my
eyes set on Rio.
I would like to thank a few people that introduced me to the world of archery. The Warrior Transition Battalion adaptive sports
program. Jennifer Weatherford program manager and adaptive sports coordinator my goto person/ best friend. Lucy and Gary
Gassman local archery shop owners and volunteer archery coaches for wounded service members (my first coaches). Randi Smith
head USA Paralympic Archery coach. My Beautiful wife Lucia for believing that i can accomplish anything. GOD for giving me life
and a second chance at it.
Join My Team and Spread the Word!
RallyMe and join my team in helping me continue in the sport i love for the 2016 season. Please feel free to share my story.
We will not be successful without spreading the word out so please feel free to post on your social media sites or via email.
I once asked a good friend of mine that was in the Army with me, what do you say when someone tells you Thank You For Your
Service! He told me he replies Thank You For Your Support! So thank you everyone, Thank you for your support and RallyMe!
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