VA Awards $7.8M for Adaptive Sports Programs for Disabled Vets

September 27, 2016 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

MonoSki-outriggers_DSC0145_680x574This seems like good timing. Coming on the heels of the recent Summer Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded up to $7.8 million in grants for adaptive sports programs for disabled Veterans and disabled Servicemembers of the Armed Forces. Grant recipients may use these funds for planning, developing, managing and implementing adaptive sports programs to support activities such as rowing, cycling, skiing, equestrian sports and Tai Chi.

The awards were made to national governing bodies that prepare high-level athletes for Paralympic competition; Veterans service organizations; city and regional municipalities; and other community groups to provide a wide range of adaptive sports opportunities for eligible Veterans and Servicemembers. According to VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald: “We are honored to partner with so many organizations across the country to provide adaptive sports programs where our Veterans live. Adaptive sports give freedom to those who have fought for our freedom, and empower Veterans to believe in themselves and to let go of what others may see as limitations.”

VA is distributing grants to 90 national, regional and community programs serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. VA anticipates that about 10,000 Veterans and Servicemembers will benefit from the awards. However, authorities for certain adaptive sports programs and grant programs expire on Sept. 30, without reauthorization action by Congress. More information on the grant program is available here, while more information about the awardees can be found at  www.va.gov/adaptivesports.

We feel that sports programs and activities can help to make life more fulfilling for disabled Veterans who, despite their unfortunate circumstances, served our country well. These grants are money well spent.

Let us know how you feel about these VA sports grants. We’d love to hear from you.

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