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The Warrior Games give new meaning to the term “American Idol.” There are the stars from the reality show, but the true stars are our service members and veterans.

The Air Force hosts the 2018 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games from June 1 to 9 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Approximately 300 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans participate in the competition.

Teams include active-duty service members and veterans with injuries, visual impairment, serious illnesses and post-traumatic stress.

Be inspired by the heroes (and cheer them on), as they compete head-to-head in archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball and more. The games are free and open to the public.

American Idol’s first winner and musical superstar Kelly Clarkson will perform a free concert, as part of the opening ceremony on Saturday, June 2 at the Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium — doors open at 5:30 p.m.

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In addition, the ceremony will include an opening parade of 300 athletes, guest musical performances, a special guest emcee, lighting of the cauldron and Air Force flyovers.

Tickets are free for the ceremony and concert. Tickets are available starting Tuesday, May 8 at 9 a.m. — click here.

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