Sled hockey may have saved area native John Callaway's life. "I was in a bad place in January," the former endurance athlete and retired Marine said. "I was coming off my fourth surgery. I couldn't lift my 1-year-old daughter. I had thoughts of suicide. But I got onto a sled (in February) and I was brand new again." "It makes me feel like who I used to be," he added. "I can compete. I can hit. It's the physical aspect but the mental aspect too with the camaraderie you don't get outside the military anymore." Callaway was one of 20 injured former servicemen and women taking part in the opening session of a three-day sled hockey introduction camp supported by the Semper Fi Fund and the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Olympic Committee military program.