The National Veterans Training, Exposure, and Experience (TEE) tournament is being held in Riverside, Iowa, from September 6-9, 2010. Participants will learn, among other things, about golfing with disabilities and the golf tournaments will be held at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort and 4 other area golf courses.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Iowa City VA Medical Center sponsor the TEE tournament, which is in its 17th year. Visually impaired veterans as well as those suffering from other disabilities will build their self-esteem and develop skills by playing:
- Adaptive golf;
- Horseshoes; and
- other activities.
The TEE tournament was originally only designed for those veterans suffering from visual disabilities or who were blind. In 2009, the tournament opened participation to veterans with other debilitating conditions such as:
- Spinal cord injuries; and
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
The TEE Tournament started as a local event, but in 2008 stepped up to become only 1 of 6 of the VA’s national rehabilitation programs. The TEE tournament had 36 participating veterans its first year and already has 200 signed up for this year’s tournament. Any veteran who is currently under care of a VA medical facility is eligible to participate and veterans ranging from WWII to the current two wars will be represented.
Every participating veteran in this tournament proves having a disability does not mean it is impossible to live an active life. That the number of participating veterans grows every year shows there are more veterans with disabilities refusing to be held back by their various conditions.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.