Veterans With Disabilities Compete In Valor Games

Steve Miller
August 14, 2018 - 4:00 pm

Babette Peyton (WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- About 130 military veterans with a disability are competing in the Valor Games Midwest for the next three days at Soldier Field.

For most of the veterans, the Valor Games are just a good way to get out of the house and see old friends.

For Babette Peyton, the games are also a stepping stone.

"I'm aiming for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the Paralympics,” she said.

Peyton's sport is archery.

"My highest national score was 299 over 300, shooting from my wheelchair with my mouth pulling back 45 pounds with my teeth.  I'm paralyzed from my left side from a military injury that's been progressive,” she explained.

Peyton lives in Chicago in a home for formerly homeless veterans.

During the Vietnam era, her assignment was helping treat service members who lost body parts.

“I loved what I did because I got a chance to be that smile. I always had a smile,” she said.