Disabled veterans and servicemembers may soon find new ways to play thanks to more than $8 million in grants awarded to 69 national, regional and community programs across the U.S. The grants are part of a new program from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) created to improve the availability of adaptive sports in communities with large veteran populations.
Adaptive sports are sports created or modified so they are easier enjoyed and played by persons with disabilities. Some examples include wheelchair basketball and handcycling, which were adapted for veterans who have lost the use of their feet or legs. The community programs will use the grants to develop better training programs, hire recreation and physical therapists, purchase equipment, and promote classes and events to veterans and military families.
Leading an active lifestyle is an important part of healing, recovery and long-term health for disabled veterans injured during active duty. Many veterans with physical impairments benefit from sports as a positive, fun method of physical therapy and strength training. Sports therapy is a part of many recovery plans for veterans who have suffered combat-related injuries, and there are dozens of paralympic and pro-disabled sporting events across the country where veterans compete.
“Disabled Veterans who participate in adaptive sports improve their health and quality of life, make new friendships and discover that physical rehabilitation healing comes in many forms and can also be great fun,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald.
The VA benefits disabled veterans in many ways, such as through veterans’ disability benefits. The Law Offices of Veterans Help Group is committed to helping veterans with their disability claims and appeals so they can obtain the benefits to which they are entitled. Contact our veterans’ disability rights firm today to review eligibility for VA disability benefits – 1-855-855-8992.