Adaptive Sports and Arts - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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Just a friendly reminder that you CAN do whatever IT is! #sports4vets #arts4vets
07/09/2021

Just a friendly reminder that you CAN do whatever IT is! #sports4vets #arts4vets

Just a friendly reminder that you CAN do whatever IT is! #sports4vets #arts4vets

Who’s ready to PUSH? We are moving forward and counting down to the 40th National Veterans #WheelchairGames. It’s going ...
07/08/2021

Who’s ready to PUSH? We are moving forward and counting down to the 40th National Veterans #WheelchairGames. It’s going down live and in person in NYC, August 7-14, and virtually, at-home from a city/town across the nation. Paralyzed Veterans of America #sports4vets #wheelchair #wheelchairbasketball NYC: The Official Guide VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

Who’s ready to PUSH? We are moving forward and counting down to the 40th National Veterans #WheelchairGames. It’s going down live and in person in NYC, August 7-14, and virtually, at-home from a city/town across the nation. Paralyzed Veterans of America #sports4vets #wheelchair #wheelchairbasketball NYC: The Official Guide VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

New name alert! The National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament is now the National Disabled Veterans Golf Clinic. As befo...
07/07/2021

New name alert! The National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament is now the National Disabled Veterans Golf Clinic. As before, the National Disabled Veterans Golf Clinic will focus on clinical care and highlight the therapeutic value golf and other activities offer to Veterans with varying disabilities. The name change reflects the event’s primary focus to empower Veterans to reach their individual goals and maximum potential. Learn more at: https://bddy.me/3dSanmt #VetsGolfClinic #Sports4Vets DAV Iowa City VA Health Care System

New name alert! The National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament is now the National Disabled Veterans Golf Clinic. As before, the National Disabled Veterans Golf Clinic will focus on clinical care and highlight the therapeutic value golf and other activities offer to Veterans with varying disabilities. The name change reflects the event’s primary focus to empower Veterans to reach their individual goals and maximum potential. Learn more at: https://bddy.me/3dSanmt #VetsGolfClinic #Sports4Vets DAV Iowa City VA Health Care System

After a quadriplegic C-spine injury that would leave her in a wheelchair, Army Veteran Desiree Emilio-Duverge said, “It ...
07/07/2021
Army Veteran finds purpose in Adaptive Sports – and a new career - VAntage Point

After a quadriplegic C-spine injury that would leave her in a wheelchair, Army Veteran Desiree Emilio-Duverge said, “It changed me to my core. I needed adrenaline, not pity.” With the help of adaptive sports and #WinterSportsClinic, Desiree has a new purpose, new career. #sports4vets #wheelchairathlete #adaptivesports https://bddy.me/2VfqYdo

After a quadriplegic C-spine injury left her in a wheelchair, Army Veteran Desiree Emilio-Duverge learned adaptive sports and became her own boss.

Adapt-Able Scuba is launching a new partnership with VA North Texas Health Care System's recreational therapy program to...
07/06/2021
North Texas Nonprofit Brings Joy Of Scuba Diving To Veterans With Disabilities

Adapt-Able Scuba is launching a new partnership with VA North Texas Health Care System's recreational therapy program to introduce veterans to scuba diving. Great news story for Dallas area Veterans from CBS DFW. #Sports4Vets

The founders of Adapt-Able Scuba believe time in the water can be life-changing for those with physical or emotional challenges.

“Tai Chi has really helped to improve my strength, balance, concentration and breathing. Overall, I am more cognizant of...
07/06/2021
Tai Chi provides Veterans unique and dynamic experience - VAntage Point

“Tai Chi has really helped to improve my strength, balance, concentration and breathing. Overall, I am more cognizant of how my body moves, which, in turn, has minimized my pain.”

Tai Chi improves aerobic capacity, strength, stress management, quality of life and pain management. Two Veterans explain how it has helped them.

On July 4th, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, which entailed two important...
07/04/2021

On July 4th, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, which entailed two important ideals of American democracy: that the colonists had the power to separate from Great Britain’s rule, and the establishment of “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

The Fourth of July holiday is a time for both celebration and reflection for the American people.

Thank you to Veterans both past and present for your service as we celebrate this holiday.

On July 4th, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, which entailed two important ideals of American democracy: that the colonists had the power to separate from Great Britain’s rule, and the establishment of “certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

The Fourth of July holiday is a time for both celebration and reflection for the American people.

Thank you to Veterans both past and present for your service as we celebrate this holiday.

Army Veteran Jennifer Steele reflects on MS diagnosis and competing at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Great sto...
07/02/2021
After MS diagnosis ends Army career at 24, Ohio woman charts a new path

Army Veteran Jennifer Steele reflects on MS diagnosis and competing at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Great story from FOX 5 Atlanta. #Sports4Vets #WheelchairGames

Jennifer Steele joined the Army at 19 and found her passion. Four years later, at 24, she began inexplicably tripping and falling. It would take months to figure out why.

Celebrate Independence Day! The 41st annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth airs on PBS Sunday, July 4, 2021, from 8:00 to...
07/02/2021
A Capitol Fourth: Vanessa Williams to host Independence Day celebration on PBS - VAntage Point

Celebrate Independence Day! The 41st annual broadcast of A Capitol Fourth airs on PBS Sunday, July 4, 2021, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program can also be heard in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide, and will be streaming on Facebook, YouTube and PBS, and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 18, 2021.

The 41st annual A Capitol Fourth Independence Day celebration will be hosted by Vanessa Williams and broadcast from Washington, D.C., on PBS.

The Augusta VA Medical Center Spinal Cord Injury Unit (SCIU) has returned to utilizing its 50-foot rock wall as a source...
07/01/2021
Veterans in Spinal Cord Injury Unit take on 50-foot rock wall - VAntage Point

The Augusta VA Medical Center Spinal Cord Injury Unit (SCIU) has returned to utilizing its 50-foot rock wall as a source of therapy for Veterans. Check out what Veterans said about their experience. #Sports4Vets

VA Medical Center Spinal Cord Injury Unit returns to using its 50 feet rock wall as therapy for Veterans. Two Veterans share their experience.

07/01/2021
Passing of the Torch - 2021 National Veterans Golden Age Games

Technical difficulties had us negative Bravo Zulu with this video on Monday, but we squared those away and are Oscar Mike again!

Please enjoy the Passing of the Torch celebration in its entirety and celebrate our Veterans and the success of the 2021 National Veterans Golden Age Games at HOME, as the torch is passed from this year’s host site Madison’s William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital to the 2022 host site Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital Sioux Falls VA Health Care System in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. #GoldenAgeGames

Jake served in the Marine Corps during Vietnam. Later, after he separated from service, he was injured and came to VA fo...
07/01/2021
Why I get my health care at VA: Jake - VAntage Point

Jake served in the Marine Corps during Vietnam. Later, after he separated from service, he was injured and came to VA for care. Since then, VA has introduced him to all sorts of adaptive sports and activities. #Sports4Vets

Jake served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. After separating from service he was injured and partially paralyzed. He came to VA for help.

Some great creative arts opportunities for Butler VA Health Care System Veterans coming up in July! Thanks KDKA-TV | CBS...
06/30/2021
Butler VA To Hold Creative Art Workshops For Veterans

Some great creative arts opportunities for Butler VA Health Care System Veterans coming up in July! Thanks KDKA-TV | CBS Pittsburgh for sharing the news. #arts4vets

The Butler VA will offer free Creative Art Workshops for veterans this summer.

How about some Wednesday morning meditation? In this 12-minute video, John Kavanaugh, recreation assistant from the VA N...
06/30/2021
Live Whole Health #77: Brain Break – Breathing and movement to calm the mind - VAntage Point

How about some Wednesday morning meditation? In this 12-minute video, John Kavanaugh, recreation assistant from the VA Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System, offers a series of Qigong movements and breathing practices that will bring you a sense of calm.

If sitting meditation is not for you, yet you want the benefits, you may want to try a gentle movement practice such as “Brain Break.”

Gerofit is a supervised exercise program that promotes health and wellness for Veterans. As a part of Gerofit, Veterans ...
06/29/2021
Gerofit - Supervised exercise program for Veterans - VAntage Point

Gerofit is a supervised exercise program that promotes health and wellness for Veterans. As a part of Gerofit, Veterans are given a personal exercise program based on their physical profile and goals. Participants have shown improved health, physical function and well-being.

Gerofit can include individual and group-based exercises for balance and strength. The program may include treadmills, bicycles and other fitness equipment.

Calling all Veteran artists and poets! The National 9/11 Veterans Art Competition is now accepting submissions.On the 20...
06/29/2021
National 9/11 Veterans Art Competition now accepting submissions - VAntage Point

Calling all Veteran artists and poets! The National 9/11 Veterans Art Competition is now accepting submissions.

On the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, national Veteran nonprofits Operation Gratitude, Challenge America, and the National Veterans Art Museum, invite Veteran artists to recognize the service and sacrifice of first responders, active-duty service members and Veterans by participating in the National 9/11 Veterans Art Competition. #arts4vets

Veterans, enter your submission of 2D art and/or poetry for the National 9/11 Veterans Art Competition; deadline for entries is July 9, 2021.

Tune in soon and help celebrate our athletes and the Passing of the Torch 🔥🔥🔥 to Sioux Falls VA Health Care System! Toni...
06/28/2021

Tune in soon and help celebrate our athletes and the Passing of the Torch 🔥🔥🔥 to Sioux Falls VA Health Care System! Tonight at 6 pm ET. #GoldenAgeGames

Tune in soon and help celebrate our athletes and the Passing of the Torch 🔥🔥🔥 to Sioux Falls VA Health Care System! Tonight at 6 pm ET. #GoldenAgeGames

Great story from Spectrum News 1 North Carolina about Marine Corps Veteran Richard Arthur, one of the hundreds of athlet...
06/28/2021
N.C. veteran competes in contest online

Great story from Spectrum News 1 North Carolina about Marine Corps Veteran Richard Arthur, one of the hundreds of athletes to compete in this year's National Veterans Golden Age Games at HOME. Don't forget to check out the Passing of the Torch celebration right here on our page tonight at 6 pm ET. 🔥🔥🔥 #NVGAGatHOME #GoldenAgeGames

Through the VA Health system, a veteran can win gold.

Did you know VA established the standard for developing better-fitting, lighter artificial limbs through studies of huma...
06/25/2021

Did you know VA established the standard for developing better-fitting, lighter artificial limbs through studies of human locomotion, enhanced surgical techniques, and modernized design and manufacturing methods in 1947? #VHA75 #DidYouKnowVA

Did you know VA established the standard for developing better-fitting, lighter artificial limbs through studies of human locomotion, enhanced surgical techniques, and modernized design and manufacturing methods in 1947? #VHA75 #DidYouKnowVA

06/25/2021

"The PTs have been exceptional. I had five PT clinics. And I can tell you, none of my people compared to the folks at VA. None of them. I can honestly say that." - Air Force Veteran Tom https://bddy.me/2TVVIPT

06/24/2021

Come celebrate our Veterans and the success of the 2021 National Veterans Golden Age Games at HOME, as we host the Passing of the Torch celebration. Tune in to the celebration June 28 at 6 pm ET and see the official passing of the torch from this year’s host site Madison’s William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital to the 2022 host site Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Army Veteran James Mitchell committed to the hard work of setting goals, weekly coaching sessions, acupuncture and yoga....
06/24/2021
Veteran changes his life with support of Whole Health coach - VAntage Point

Army Veteran James Mitchell committed to the hard work of setting goals, weekly coaching sessions, acupuncture and yoga. Mitchell has been 18 months smoke-free and no longer uses a walker or even a cane. Read how he changed his life with VA support.

After foot surgeries, nerve issues and smoking, Veteran James Mitchell was stressed out and at his lowest point. Then he started his Whole Health journey.

Celebrate our Veterans and watch their accomplishments from this year's National Veterans Golden Age Games at Home durin...
06/23/2021

Celebrate our Veterans and watch their accomplishments from this year's National Veterans Golden Age Games at Home during the Passing of the Torch celebration Monday, June 28 at 6 pm ET right here on Facebook. You don't want to miss it! #NVGAGatHOME #GoldenAgeGames It's going to be 🔥🔥🔥

Celebrate our Veterans and watch their accomplishments from this year's National Veterans Golden Age Games at Home during the Passing of the Torch celebration Monday, June 28 at 6 pm ET right here on Facebook. You don't want to miss it! #NVGAGatHOME #GoldenAgeGames It's going to be 🔥🔥🔥

06/22/2021
National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic At HOME

What are you up to this summer? Join us at the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic At HOME and experience a variety of summer sports, including surfing, sailing, cycling and kayaking. Happening Sept. 19-24 at more than 30 different locations across the country. Visit www.summersportsclinic.va.gov and sign up TODAY! Only 500 spots available. Check out this video of some of the fun from the 2019 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. #summersportsclinic #Sports4Vets

ICYMI: Listen to the Standing Ready podcast season one finale, “Competitive Adaptive: A History of Sports in the VA.” Th...
06/22/2021
Standing Ready #6: Competitive Adaptive: History of sports in VA - VAntage Point

ICYMI: Listen to the Standing Ready podcast season one finale, “Competitive Adaptive: A History of Sports in the VA.” The podcast looks at the past, present and future of adaptive sports within VA.

From the very beginning of federal health care for Veterans at the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, sports have played a role in healing and rehabilitation.

VA sports started with baseball and golf after the Civil War. It was the origins of wheelchair basketball after the second World War. Athletics have grown to encompass a number of new sports. It also provides therapy for Veterans with limb loss, spinal cord injury, post-traumatic stress and a number of other disabilities.
#Sports4Vets

The Standing Ready season one finale, “Competitive Adaptative: A History of Sports in the VA,” looks at the past, present and future of VA adaptive sports.

Calling all Veterans! Summer fun awaits at the National Veterans Summer Sports Cliniic At HOME! Registration is open NOW...
06/21/2021

Calling all Veterans! Summer fun awaits at the National Veterans Summer Sports Cliniic At HOME!

Registration is open NOW! Free Fitbit for the first 250 to register and participate. Visit www.summersportsclinic.va.gov to register and for more information. #summersportsclinic #Sports4Vets

Calling all Veterans! Summer fun awaits at the National Veterans Summer Sports Cliniic At HOME!

Registration is open NOW! Free Fitbit for the first 250 to register and participate. Visit www.summersportsclinic.va.gov to register and for more information. #summersportsclinic #Sports4Vets

Marine Corps Veteran Peter Mohan learned to play guitar and is now a successful musician. Mohan found healing in his sel...
06/21/2021
Music as medicine for Veterans - VAntage Point

Marine Corps Veteran Peter Mohan learned to play guitar and is now a successful musician. Mohan found healing in his self-taught lessons. He continues to find peace and countless rewards from writing and performing his own songs. Northport VA Medical Center #Arts4Vets

Music can be a powerful form of therapy. Music therapy uses songs and instruments to help achieve therapeutic goals in a clinical setting.

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and Fargo VA Health Care System are collaborating on a series of publ...
06/18/2021
Veterans' Writing Project ~ "Minot: 10 Years After the Flood"

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and Fargo VA Health Care System are collaborating on a series of public events featuring the art of local veterans in trauma recovery. One aspect of the project is a series of veterans’ writing workshops. NPR visited with the facilitator of those workshops. #Arts4Vets https://bddy.me/3qeGwtm

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and Fargo Veterans Affairs are collaborating on a series of public events

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ImI’m wondering if you have any list of categories or open one?
I have provided inclusive home design services for other organizations supporting the disabled community throughout the U.S. I’m honored and available to help with those in need of adaptable design services
Will a pdf be available so we can see how we actually placed?
So much fun to participate this last week in the at home games. Had a lot of help with the waste paper basket, basket ball game. The grandchildren all took a turn.
Congratulations to all of my fellow NVGAG participants, I also would like to thank my team mate Retired Lt. Colonel Constance Rosser for hanging in there even when strava was not cooperating. Finally I'd like to thank the NVGAG Staff for putting together this at home virtual competition to replace the 2020 Madison NVGAG. Though there were some kinks in the gathering of correct data, the process brought out the best in those of us in Maryland who participated. I look forward to the 2021 NVGAG in Madison. This adjustment reminded me of the expedient methods of surviving during my tour in Vietnam. Sometimes we have to make it work no matter. Just get it done. It could save lives in the long run. I have attached a short video of some of my days leading up to my final 12k race....WELL I COULD NOT GET THE VIDEO ATTACHED...
will I be able to see my videos and pictures I submitted over the weekend. Pasqual Ramirez AKA Pancho
Is the NVGAG At Home Awards Ceremony tomorrow at 6pm EST?
I noticed my time at 12.5 miles, 31:15.
I am interested in competing in the 2021 NVGAG but am confused on location. I heard that the cancelled one for 2020 at Madison would be held in 2021 at Tampa, FL. Then I was told by someone at Madison that the 2021 games would be at Madison. Could someone clarify for me the location? I wanted to do the 2020 NVGAG but missed registration and then COVID-19 cancelled it anyway. Thanks.
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I tried to find out how to do this and even emailed, and I keep getting emails saying there is still time.