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Former Army specialist permanently injured on duty honored

August 24, 2018 10:54 AM

TROY - Angie Lupie is a former Army E-4 Specialist having served in Iraq Freedom, she returned home with permanent injuries.

"Through it all she fights. She's been a fighter long before she served our country and she continues to fight," Mary Nell Schmitz said, Team Albany Adaptive sports coach 

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Through physical, emotional and mental hurdles, she persevered and credits the Team Albany Adaptive Sports Program at the Stratton VA Medical Center for saving her life.

"I was myself to that point. I tried to kill myself years ago and that's were Team Albany, my coaches found me and it literally saved my life," Lupie said.

Angie had never skied before finding Team Albany, but then she was in Colorodo shredding the mountain.  You can also catch her expertly calling the eight ball or helping her team to victory in soccer. 

All told, Team Albany brought home more than a dozen medals competing in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Orlando, last month. Angie claimed four gold.

"She actually almost brought home three gold medals and one silver because she felt so bad for her competitor that she was going to throw the event to have her win. That's who Angie is," Michele Ferrauilo said, Team Albany Adaptive sports coordinator 

However, ask her and it's not the hardware, but the friendships that matter most.

"To be competing against your friend for the gold medal, but you're still cheering each other on and you don't see that anywhere, but that's what that's what vets do," Lupie said.

Angie will receive her own Troy Military Banner that will be displayed in the spring of 2019. 

Proceeds of the night will support the Team Albany Adaptive Sports Program because although the VA oversees them, they are fully funded by donations alone.

Click here to donate.

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Karen Tararache

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