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After nerve damage from a brain injury she sustained while in the Air Force left her in a wheelchair, Valerie Rolph bega...
10/21/2022
Local para athlete sets sight on world championships, 2024 Paralympics – The Observer News

After nerve damage from a brain injury she sustained while in the Air Force left her in a wheelchair, Valerie Rolph began to compete in wheelchair table tennis. Her dreams of competing in the 2020 Paralympics were dashed when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. However, after a double mastectomy, this survivor plans to compete in 2024.

https://www.observernews.net/2022/10/20/local-para-athlete-sets-sight-on-world-championships-2024-paralympics/

HeadlinesNews Local para athlete sets sight on world championships, 2024 Paralympics by theObserver October 20, 2022 October 20, 2022 By LOIS KINDLE Kings Point resident Valerie Rolph is an Air Force veteran who loves playing table tennis. But due to nerve damage from a brain injury she sustained wh...

The PACT Act is a historic new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans who were exposed to toxic fumes...
10/21/2022

The PACT Act is a historic new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans who were exposed to toxic fumes and other hazards while fighting for our country. Family members or dependents of a deceased Veteran may also qualify for various VA benefits.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to ensuring all Veterans and their family members receive the benefits and care they have earned.
What are the next steps for Veterans and dependents?
1. Apply now for PACT Act benefits by filing a claim:
https://www.va.gov/disability/how-to-file-claim/
2. If you have not yet enrolled in VA for health care,
visit https://www.va.gov/health-care/how-to-apply/

Learn more: visit www.VA.gov/PACT or call 1-800-MyVA411 (800-698-2411).

Caregivers play a major role in helping our athletes and artists. Recently, the VA expanded the Program of Comprehensive...
10/20/2022

Caregivers play a major role in helping our athletes and artists. Recently, the VA expanded the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to serve and family caregivers of all service eras. This program provides caregivers of eligible Veterans with resources, education, financial assistance, health insurance, beneficiary travel, peer support and more.
Learn more about the program and eligibility: https://news.va.gov/.../comprehensive-assistance.../

It’s Football season! 🏈 So, it's a perfect time for VA Palo Alto Health Care System to hold their first wheelchair  clin...
10/20/2022

It’s Football season! 🏈 So, it's a perfect time for VA Palo Alto Health Care System to hold their first wheelchair clinic. Congratulations to all the and staff!

"Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving." - Albert EinsteinVeterans have be...
10/19/2022

"Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving." - Albert Einstein
Veterans have been clocking those miles during an adaptive cycling clinic hosted by Oklahoma City VA Health Care System Recreational Therapy in partnership with Adaptive Adventures.

Collaboration with community organizations can be crucial to helping  learn positive activities that build camaraderie. ...
10/19/2022

Collaboration with community organizations can be crucial to helping learn positive activities that build camaraderie. The Adaptive Sports Program at Robley Rex VAMC in Louisville KY partnered with Golf House Kentucky to host PGA HOPE’s Kentucky Cup at Valhalla Club on Oct. 10. Nine teams and 43 golfers from around Kentucky competed for the opportunity to play for the Secretary’s Cup in national competition.
For more information on PGA HOPE, visit: https://www.pgareach.org/services/military/

October is National Pasta Month! Celebrate by cooking up a delicious dish filled with whole grains, plant-powered protei...
10/18/2022

October is National Pasta Month! Celebrate by cooking up a delicious dish filled with whole grains, plant-powered protein and colorful veggies. Find recipes for healthy pasta dishes and more in the free cookbooks on our Nutrition and Food Services Recipes and Cookbooks page. Reach out to your local VA dietitian for more healthy cooking tips!

https://www.nutrition.va.gov/Recipes.asp

VETart (The Veterans Art Project) displayed the work of 30 Veteran artists outside the California state Capitol last wee...
10/17/2022
How The Veteran Art Project is helping California's veterans with their mental health

VETart (The Veterans Art Project) displayed the work of 30 Veteran artists outside the California state Capitol last week for the "Veterans Pop-Up Arts Cafe." The program serves veterans, active-duty military members, spouses, dependents, and their caregivers through art programming.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/other/how-the-veteran-art-project-is-helping-californias-veterans-with-their-mental-health/ar-AA12TmjI

Thirty artists gathered outside the state Capitol Wednesday for the "Veterans Pop-Up Arts Cafe." The free community event hosted veterans from across California to provide them with a space to showcase their art in the mediums of ceramics, glass, painting, poetry, and more. Sign up for our Newslette...

Everyone deserves a second chance. This October 17, celebrate National Mulligan Day and enjoy the comfort in knowing tha...
10/17/2022

Everyone deserves a second chance. This October 17, celebrate National Mulligan Day and enjoy the comfort in knowing that if at first you don’t succeed, you’ll get another crack at it. Though often associated with getting a “freebie” after a less than desirable golf shot, National Mulligan Day applies to any undertaking in which you would care for a “do-over.” Mulligans are for those with the determination to fight through the adversity of the mishaps of life. Let’s be honest — we all need a mulligan from time to time.

Kari Ortiz lost her legs in a tragic accident while serving in the Army in 1999. She's using her experience as a paralym...
10/14/2022
Champion amputee athlete from Houston changing lives of those with disabilities

Kari Ortiz lost her legs in a tragic accident while serving in the Army in 1999. She's using her experience as a paralympic athlete to help Veterans with disabilities find new purpose through adaptive sports.


https://www.fox26houston.com/news/champion-amputee-athlete-from-houston-changing-lives-of-those-with-disabilities

To connect and belong: that's what double amputee Kari Ortiz, who now lives in north Houston, believes is of utmost importance to everyone.

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Navy! Thanks for being on watch 24/7 for 247 years! We are so proud of all of our Veteran Sai...
10/13/2022

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Navy! Thanks for being on watch 24/7 for 247 years! We are so proud of all of our Veteran Sailors who participate in our adaptive and events!

USRowing's national program is dedicated to changing lives for veterans with disabilities, and is a recipient of a VA Ad...
10/12/2022
USRowing Freedom Rows programme for disabled veterans gets $475,000 grant

USRowing's national program is dedicated to changing lives for veterans with disabilities, and is a recipient of a VA Adaptive Sports grant. Since its inception in 2014, Freedom Rows has grown from six programs in its first year to more than 33 programs in 2022, serving an average of 1,000 veterans each year.

https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1129035/

USRowing will receive an Adaptive Sports Grant of $475,000 this year to support its Freedom Rows programme for disabled veterans and armed forces pers...

The 2022 National Veterans Wheelchair Games All-Star Softball Team, made up of 15 Veterans from across the nation, took ...
10/12/2022
Veteran softball team at Wheelchair Softball World Series - VA News

The 2022 National Veterans Wheelchair Games All-Star Softball Team, made up of 15 Veterans from across the nation, took fourth place at the USA Wheelchair Softball World Series. Read how the team bonded over competition in Chicago.

Veterans Wheelchair All-Star Softball Team took fourth place at Wheelchair Softball World Series. “A memory I will carry for the rest of my life.”

Every October, Blindness Awareness Month brings a heightened focus on the blind and visually impaired Veteran community ...
10/12/2022

Every October, Blindness Awareness Month brings a heightened focus on the blind and visually impaired Veteran community and the realities of living without sight. At each of our and events, visually-impaired Veterans are able to participate in many of the same activities as their sighted peers.

Special recognition also goes out to the caregivers, volunteers and VA staff who serve as guides to our blind Veterans. Thank you for all that you do to keep our Veteran athletes safe!

When tragedy struck her family, Rena Dugat turned to sports therapy to help her overcome the grief. Now, after 14 years ...
10/11/2022
Golden Age Games a lifeline for Houston Veteran - VA News

When tragedy struck her family, Rena Dugat turned to sports therapy to help her overcome the grief. Now, after 14 years of participating in the , she is inspiring other Houston Veterans to compete.

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Rena Dugat’s daughter died at 34 from ovarian cancer. She escaped the darkness and despair by volunteering and then competing in the Houston Golden Age Games.

The National Veterans  may be 269 days away, but we are already getting pumped for Portland! Registration will be open f...
10/07/2022

The National Veterans may be 269 days away, but we are already getting pumped for Portland!

Registration will be open from February 1 - April 5, 2023.
For more information, please visit https://bddy.me/3fSK1V9
VA Portland Health Care System

Happy National Poetry Day! We are proud of Veteran writers like 2022 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition winner ...
10/07/2022

Happy National Poetry Day! We are proud of Veteran writers like 2022 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition winner Lisa Connors and her poem Mote As An Impressionist. Thank you to all those who contribute their creative works to the each year. VA Western Colorado Health Care System

VA awards $16 million to help Veterans and service members participate in adaptive sports. This year, participants in VA...
10/06/2022
VA.gov | Veterans Affairs

VA awards $16 million to help Veterans and service members participate in adaptive sports. This year, participants in VA’s Adaptive Sports Grant program also have the opportunity — for the first time ever — to receive certification in scuba, CrossFit and sailing.

https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5831

Apply for and manage the VA benefits and services you’ve earned as a Veteran, Servicemember, or family member—like health care, disability, education, and more.

Want to learn how to surf without being anywhere near an ocean? EpicSurf is working with our  partners at AmpSurf to tes...
10/06/2022
ADG champion surfing experience for all abilities

Want to learn how to surf without being anywhere near an ocean? EpicSurf is working with our partners at AmpSurf to test out pool-based surfing and giving Veterans an opportunity to surf in a controlled setting with support.

Aquatic Development Group (ADG) have announced their recent collaboration with a team of expert disability advocates to evaluate

Today is National Depression Screening Day. Take VA’s depression screening self-assessment to help you determine if what...
10/06/2022

Today is National Depression Screening Day. Take VA’s depression screening self-assessment to help you determine if what you’re experiencing — like sadness or hopelessness — could be a sign of depression.
Get started: https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/depression/index.asp

Congratulations to the Veteran artists of Columbia MO VA Medical Center! Fifteen of their talented writers, musicians, a...
10/05/2022
Truman Veterans' Hospital hosts local art competition

Congratulations to the Veteran artists of Columbia MO VA Medical Center! Fifteen of their talented writers, musicians, and fine artists earned top places at the event, and will move on for a chance to represent their home state at the 2023 National Veterans in St. Louis.

Fifteen veterans competed in the contest on Friday.

10/04/2022

Never skip leg day! Alec from Adaptive Training Academy walks our Veterans through a squat workout during this year’s .

This month, we recognize more than 2,200 Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants helping to keep our Veteran...
10/03/2022

This month, we recognize more than 2,200 Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants helping to keep our Veterans fit and healthy to compete in .
Throughout October, we celebrate these hardworking professionals.

VETSports, a VA adaptive sports grants recipient, offers opportunities to all , even those who are not sports-oriented.“...
09/30/2022
VETSports as a tool to embolden Veterans transitioning back into civilian life - VA News

VETSports, a VA adaptive sports grants recipient, offers opportunities to all , even those who are not sports-oriented.
“It doesn’t have to be sports. It can be any physical activity we want to help with. We have community walks, community jogs. We’re open just to get Veterans back engaged.”

VETSports is focused on improving the physical and emotional health of Veterans through sports, physical activity and community involvement.

During Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15–Oct. 15), VA celebrates the contributions of Hispanic American Veterans and con...
09/30/2022

During Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15–Oct. 15), VA celebrates the contributions of Hispanic American Veterans and continues efforts to ensure inclusion and equal access to health care. Whole Health offers a number of resources in Spanish, including the Personal Health Inventory. Use it to decide what matters to you and .
https://www.va.gov/WHOLEHEALTH/docs/PHI-Spanish-May22-508.pdf

09/29/2022

When our had a chance to try curling during the 41st National Veterans . Army Veteran Patrick McDonald, who competed in curling at both the World Wheelchair Championships and Paralympic Winter Games, talks about why is for everyone.

Check out some of the outstanding talent and creativity from Veterans with Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. Congr...
09/29/2022
Local veteran artists rack up awards

Check out some of the outstanding talent and creativity from Veterans with Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. Congratulations to all the participants!

Six local veterans were winners in this year’s annual National Veterans Creative Arts Competition that honors works in art, creative writing, dance, drama and music.

Congratulations to all the  artists who participated in the Veterans Creative Arts Competition at Richmond VA Medical Ce...
09/28/2022
Art therapy helps veterans heal through creativity

Congratulations to all the artists who participated in the Veterans Creative Arts Competition at Richmond VA Medical Center.

Veterans use art therapy to express themselves through creativity.

VA’s Whole Health website includes tools to help you discover what matters to you and . Use the Personal Health Inventor...
09/28/2022

VA’s Whole Health website includes tools to help you discover what matters to you and . Use the Personal Health Inventory to pinpoint your unique goals and priorities. Whole Health offers the skills and support you need to make the changes you want.https://www.va.gov/WHOLEHEALTH/docs/PHI.pdf

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We change lives every day by connecting Veterans with adaptive sports, art and other recreation therapy adventures. This is the official page of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events. We have a grants and allowance program and six major events throughout the year: National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, National Veterans Golden Age Games, National Veterans Wheelchair Games, National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic, National Disabled Veterans TEE Tournament and National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.

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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.
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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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