Physical activity and recreation have been a key to helping many injured serviemembers and disabled veterans recover from their injuries and overcome disabilities. Many sports such as basketball, football, and even track and field have been adapted to accommodate a variety of disabling conditions, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seeking to add tennis to that list.
Through a partnership with the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA), the VA is working to form tennis clinics at several VA medical facilities. The partnership will also connect VA facilities with community tennis resources and facilitate the building of tennis courts at some VA facilities.
The USTA will provide tennis professionals to help with coaching, instruction, and technical assistance to run tennis camps adapted for veterans. The camps will be using a new “Warrior Tennis Curriculum” that works with rehabilitation therapy processes to provide a fun, engaging therapeutic option for disabled veterans seeking rehabilitation or alternative ways to stay fit and active.
“Exercise and physical activity is an important component of health and wellness and has been shown to provide numerous physical and mental health benefits,” said VA Interim Under Secretary for Health, Carolyn M. Clancy, MD.
The VA is constantly looking for new ways to improve the health and quality of life of disabled veterans. If you suffered a serious disabling injury or disease due to your active duty service, you may also be eligible for veterans disability benefits. If the VA denied you benefits or gave you a lower disability rating than you believe is fair, contact Veterans Help Group ® for assistance and support. Call today – 1-855-855-8992.