ATLANTA (AP) _ A former Marine who was wounded during the battle for Okinawa in World War II and went on become a Texas judge has been named outstanding disabled veteran of the year by the Disabled Veterans of America.

''I'm proud to represent more than 2 million disabled veterans who picked up the pieces of their lives and started over again,'' Blair ''Bruzzie'' Reeves said at his award ceremony.

The million-member DAV, holding its annual convention in Atlanta, honored the judge from San Antonio in a ceremony Sunday.

Reeves, associate justice from the Court of Appeals of Texas' 4th Supreme Judicial District, is confined to a wheelchair as a result of injuries he suffered as a Marine corporal on Okinawa in 1945.

After nearly two years of hospitalization, Reeves entered Baylor University's law school in Waco, Texas, and became a lawyer.

He was elected to five terms as a justice of the peace and coroner and three terms as a Bexar County judge before advancing to the appeals bench.