By Stafford Braxton | Nov. 11, 2016, 1:03 p.m. (ET)

On Veterans Day, we honor the men and women who have sacrificed to serve our great country. Many of those heroes are an intricate piece of what makes Team USA the best in and out of the sports arena. Olympians and Paralympians alike made the decision to continue to represent their country, but on a different stage. More than 50 athletes proudly wore the 50 stars and 13 bars while representing their country this summer at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, bringing home an impressive medal haul of 19 medals. These 11 servicemen and women highlight the accomplishments of the 2016 Games. 

1) Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve Sam Kendricks, Track and Field
Sam Kendricks celebrates winning the bronze medal in men's pole vault at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

2) Army Sergeant Elizabeth Marks, Swimming 

Elizabeth Marks takes the gold medal in the women's 100-meter breaststroke SB7 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games; she also won a bronze medal in the 4x100 medley - 34 pts.  

3) Army Veteran Shawn Morelli, Cycling 
Shawn Morelli
Shawn Morelli wins gold in the women's 3,000-meter individual pursuit C4 in track cycling at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games; she also took home gold in the time trial C4 in road cycling.  

4) Army Veteran Scot Severn, Track and Field
Scot Severn
Scot Severn takes the silver medal in the men's shot put F53 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

5) Army Veteran Melissa Stockwell, Paratriathlon
Melissa Stockwell
Melissa Stockwell wins bronze in the women's PT2 paratriathlon at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

6) Marine Corps Veteran Oz Sanchez, Cycling
Oz Sanchez
Oz Sanchez won the silver medal in in the men's mixed team relay H2 and bronze in the time trial H5 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. 

7) Navy Veteran Will Groulx, Cycling
Will Groulx
Will Groulx earned gold in the men's road race H2 and silvers in both the time trial H2 and mixed team relay H2 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

8) Navy Veteran Brad Snyder, Swimming
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Brad Snyder celebrates won gold medals in the men's 50-meter freestyle S11, 100 freestyle S11, 400 freestyle S11 and silver in the 100 backstroke S11 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. 

9) Specialist in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program Paul Chelimo, Track and Field
Paul Chelimo
Paul Chelimo takes his victory lap after winning the silver medal in the men's 5,000-meter at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

10) Navy Veteran Andre Shelby, Archery
Andre Shelby
Andre Shelby secured gold in the men's individual compound open at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

11) Army Veteran Kari Miller, Sitting Volleyball
Kari Miller
Kari Miller assisted her team to a gold medal in women's sitting volleyball at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.