Saturday, July 19, 2008

VA Plans Sporting Event to Help Recovery of Wounded Veterans

The National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs will allow 100 injured veterans to take part in a unique rehabilitative sports experience. The event will be held Sept. 28 to Oct. 3 at several venues in the San Diego area. The event is open to recently injured veterans who have spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, certain neurological conditions, amputation or other mobility impairments or post-traumatic stress disorder. For many injured veterans, this event will provide their first exposure to recreational sports and other activities after being injured.

"The sports clinic will strengthen veterans battling [their way] back from injury, improving their mental and physical well-being,” said Dr. James B. Peake, the VA secretary.

Sea World and the San Diego Mariott Hotel and Marina will be the site of the opening and closing ceremonies, along with some of the week’s events. Other events will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Kellogg Park in La Jolla Shores, the Embarcadero Marina Park and the Mission Bay Yacht Club. Events will include sailing, cycling, surfing, kayaking and track and field. The VA considers recreational sports an important part of the therapy for many disabilities. It includes similar therapeutic programs at health centers across the country.

The VA also sponsors the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, the National Veterans Golden Age Games and the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. More information is available at www.SummerSportsClinic.VA.gov.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary's News and Ideas.

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