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British victims of the Afghan and Iraq conflicts are also competing, with eight former servicemen among the home team.
The British program, Help For Heroes, which assists the war wounded to use sport in their rehabilitation, was inspired by Derek Derenalagi, who lost both legs in Afghanistan five years ago.
The Fijian-born soldier was pronounced dead before a pulse was found just as he was being put into a body bag.
His remarkable recovery was completed when he competed in the discus last week in front of 80,000 people at Olympic Stadium.
"I never, never imagined that I would get through to the Paralympic Games, having suffered multiple injuries, losing both of my legs," he said. "I watched the Paralympics in Beijing when I was still in hospital, and I made up my mind to make it into the Paralympic Games 2012. So I made it."
As did Nick Beighton, who rowed for Britain less than three years after both legs were blown off in Helmand Province while he returned from a foot patrol. He spent 13 days in a medically induced coma.
"Sometimes the biggest battle is healing your mind, getting over what has happened and rationalizing who you are now from who you were and what you thought you were going to be in life," Beighton said.
"You have a very fixed idea of who you are and what you want to achieve in ... that is what the military teaches you. You set yourself a target and you push on beyond it."
Finding a way of living when the focus has previously just been on surviving is often what it comes down to.
"There's no point being in the corner and letting yourself down after being injured," said British sitting volleyball player Netra Rana, a Gurkhas rifleman who lost his left knee in an explosion in Afghanistan.
"This is life. You have to find your way and find a way to enjoy yourself."
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