On his selection, Schag added: “I joined to serve my country and protect those who can’t protect themselves. When I got injured I started playing sports and was in the first two Warrior Games for the Marines.”

The American men’s side will join hosts Brazil, the Parapan American Games champions, Egypt and Paralympic bronze medalists Germany in Pool A at next month’s Games.

Sitting volleyball events at Rio 2016 are due to be held between September 9-18 at the Riocentro Pavilion 6.

The US women’s team will be bidding to go one better than at London 2012, where they lost out in the gold medal match to China.