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Judo champ helps veterans in Salt Lake City

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Posted at 3:05 PM, Aug 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-09 17:05:26-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Eddie Liddie is a Judo National Champion and Olympic bronze medalist, and he was at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City Friday to show support for and offer assistance to veterans.

The event was part of the hospital's continuing education program.

Adam Blackburn of USA Stars of Salt Lake City Judo Club said judo can make a difference.

"Judo changes people's lives," Blackburn said. "These guys can do things and feel a part of a team, and part of a program, part of something that is more important than many of the things that they do in life."

Liddie said judo can be a boon to people who have impaired vision.

"...so we look for athletes or people who are visually impaired, legally blind, and it's a good sport because even is you are a total, we teach people who are totally blind, it's a touching sport," he said.

Blackburn said the program has been operating for about a year. Click here to visit the USA Stars of Salt Lake City Judo Club's website.