In order to motivate disabled Veterans and encourage participation and competition in adaptive sports, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently launched a new website for its Paralympic Program Office. The Office supports partnerships between disabled Veterans and VA clinical personnel as well as national and community-based adaptive sports programs.
According to Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki, “Adaptive sports participation among disabled Veterans has many proven benefits such as increased independence, reduced dependency on pain and depression medication and stress reduction. Providing resources for disabled Veterans to participate or compete in adaptive sports supports the holistic wellness of Veterans, which is a key component of VA’s Veteran-centric care.”
Additionally, VA’s Paralympic Program Office administers the monthly allowances to disabled Veterans who are currently training in their respective sports which are authorized by The Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2008. Through this program, VA will pay a monthly allowance to a Veteran with a service-related or non-service-related disability if he or she meets the qualifying military standard for a particular sport.
For more information, visit the website www.va.gov/adaptivesports