VA Summer Sports Clinic To Kick Off Next Week

Disabled veterans will descend upon San Diego, California from September 19-25th, 2010.  They will be there to take part in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. The clinic is very unique and specific in that it focuses on teaching veterans who have been recently injured how to take part in adaptive sports.

The sports involved in the clinic will include:

  • Track and field;
  • Sailing;
  • Kayaking;
  • Surfing; and
  • Cycling.

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki praised the summer sports clinic as well as the profound and “life-changing” effects it has on the veterans.  The range of adaptive sports offered through the summer clinic helps the disabled veterans “rediscover their capabilities” according to VA Sec. Eric Shinseki. Participants from previous years celebrate the lifetime friendships and solid bonds they develop with the other participants.

The clinic will be hosted by the VA San Diego health care system, as it has been every year since  its inception in 2008. Some of the events will take place at the US Olympic Training Center in San Diego. Any military veteran eligible for VA medical care and has been injured in the last 6 years or has one of the following may participate:

  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Visual impairment;
  • Certain neurological conditions;
  • Psychological trauma;
  • Burn injuries;
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs); or
  • Orthopedic amputations.

Participation in events like these are critical for recently injured veterans’ mental health. Being shown they can still participate in events like these helps veterans physically, mentally, and emotionally as they learn new skills and make lifelong friendships.

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.