Gamerz 4 Vets partners with Microsoft

Gamerz 4 Vets partners with Microsoft

 

I am happy to officially announce we have a partnership with Microsoft here in San Antonio.

With the help of Microsoft our organization will be able to reach our goals though product support and event hosting.  Gamerz 4 Vets will be hosting gaming events throughout the year and Microsoft employees can volunteer their time which Microsoft will match their pay in return as donations towards Gamerz 4 Vets. The Gamerz 4 Vets donations and proceeds we recieve will go towards modifying and/or creating adaptive controllers for disabled veterans or even providing them a PC or XBOX console.

Nathan

I am a retired Marine who was injured in 2001 while on Active Duty.  I served during '96-'02 to which my best years was with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Okinawa, Japan.  I was fortunate during the three years overseas to travel throughout Southeast Asia, Australia and the Middle East.  Growing up in San Antonio, Texas visiting another part of the world was an opportunity I have not taken for granted.  A a result of my injury I am a T-2 complete triplegic with only the use of my right hand. The years since my injury have been a long road to get me where I am today.  Anyone with a disability has their story of how they have learned to live within the confines of the limitations they are dealt and how they come to adapt to a different life and cope.  A passion that I have always maintained though is gaming.  I truly first became a gamer in 1985 with my NES.  I still recall playing The Legend of Zelda with a pad of graph paper making maps of the dungeons to give to my friends.  It was the seed that would eventually become the Let's Play videos of today. After I recovered from the physical injuries in those first years I thought gaming would be something I would never do again.  My best friend who I have gamed with from our childhood to today found me a one-handed controller for the Playstation.  He gave me back something I had written off as I would never do again.  With the progression of future controllers and addition to the dual control sticks again, I put down my controller.  Overcome and adapt though I forced myself to find a way to again teach myself a way to continue gaming.  I now play with just my right hand forgetting how I ever could play with two. I founded this non-profit for two reasons.  One through the inspiration of a fellow veteran and gamer, Bennie Sullivan, who I met in 2001 who was injured within days of mine and shared a room with at the Spinal Cord Unit at the Audie L. Murphy Hospital in San Antonio.  Bennie began volunteering his time there at the spinal cord unit in 2013 bringing in his console and PC to give back and help newly injured veterans.  With that I joined him and wanted to take it another step further with the hope to give the same inspiration back to other disabled veterans that there is still room to overcome challenges and gaming can still be a possibility. The second reason is more dear to the heart for me.  In September of 2016 during a surgery procedure trying to remove a clot I my arm the worst outcome could happen.  I ended up in medical induced coma for three weeks.  The result was that I had undiagnosed Stage 5 Pulmonary Hypertension.  Beating the odds of coming back out of that coma very slim and with the help of the team of doctors at the Audie Murphy Hospital I am still here. Since then, I realize having a terminal illness that life is short and I need to live every day as my last.  I have made myself Bucket Lists.  I'm trying to check off as many as possible and want to leave something behind in this world should I ever go again.  Gaming is a passion for me and hope to share it with others.

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