|Published:||Feb 07, 2013 5:24 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 07, 2013 6:04 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A field of dreams is replacing the field of battle for wounded warriors. They've come to Lee county this week, to take part in the Boston Red Sox Fantasy Baseball Camp.
"Oh, this is so fantastic, a real dream come true. I never knew as a former Marine and with the injuries I had from Iraq and Afghanistan, that I would ever be doing this. It is awesome and completely amazing," says Ryan Casavent. one of 11 Wounded Warriors taking part in the baseball camp. He suffered head, neck and back injuries during two tours of duty - one each in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Two of the veterans are women. Chrystal Lafontaine tells WINK News, she suffers from post-traumatic stress, from her time in Iraq.
"This is really neat, the people are all so friendly and we can just be ourselves with them. This really does renew your energy for life," says Lafontaine.
Veteran Greg Vaillancourt agrees.
"Everyone treats us as just one of the guys. We have all really bonded this week. And it feels comfortable, it really is great," he tells WINK.
Vaillancourt says he suffers from post-traumatic stress.
Organizers of the camp recruited sponsors to pick up the costs of the Wounded Warriors who are attending the camp. The veterans and other participants play baseball at the Lee County Sports Complex in South Fort Myers.
Former Red Sox star Rico Petrocelli is one of several ex-players who are coaching the fantasy campers.
"These wounded warriors, they really are heroes to all of us. They open up with us about what happened to them, and it is so good for them to share and to open up. Maybe because of this, they will have not so many nightmares," Petrocelli says.
The fantasy camp runs through Sunday.
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