It’s often said that everyone comes back from war changed, even if you have no injuries. But thanks to advances in battlefield medicine and surgical procedures, troops are surviving their wounds at a higher rate than ever before. That means folks are coming home changed in ways never seen in history.
That’s why VA created a number of rehabilitative programs to help disabled Veterans get out of the house and get active. Every year, VA holds events like the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic, the Winter Sports Clinic, the Wheelchair Games, the Creative Arts Festival, the TEE Tournament, and the Golden Age Games where Veterans gather from all over the country to compete in adaptive sports. Veterans typically report better health and a better quality of life when they join in, and the camaraderie they find doesn’t hurt, either.
VA’s National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events Office is the first place to go if you’re looking to join fellow Vets in competition. Their site has information on how to connect with community-based programs to get you in the game, as well as more information on the national events. And there are grants available for folks looking to begin or expand opportunities for disabled Veterans to participate in physical activity in their communities.
One of the most impactful things we can do is help disabled Veterans find their way after they come home, so if you’re looking to get back out there, learn more about the benefits adaptive sports programs and get started.