The number of disabled veterans is growing at an unacceptable rate. Research has shown engaging in physical activity and competing in sports has tremendous positive effects for people with disabilities. To that end, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded $7.5 million in 2 separate grants to the U.S. Olympic Committee to improve competitive, therapeutic events for disabled veterans and soldiers.
These subsidies will be given to the:
- Olympic Committee’s member organizations;
- Paralympic sports clubs;
- Veteran organizations; and
- Military organizations.
The majority of soldiers and veterans who became disabled did so while they were likely in the best physical shape of their lives. Because of that, many retain a high level of competitiveness that fits well with participating in recreational and/or therapeutic sports programs designed for disabled veterans. The VA and the U.S. Olympic Committee will work to bring these sporting events to the community level.
The sporting events will be specifically tailored for disabled veterans and will likely vary by community. Different communities offer different resources, which will present different opportunities for adaptive sports. These grants will improve the lives of disabled veterans and their communities.
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.