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The Grant Program / Olympic Opportunity Fund (OOF) for Disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces.
The Games, a partnership between VA, DOD and the United States Olympic Committee, are being held in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 11-16, 2013.
Admission to Warrior Games competitions is free and open to the public. The Opening and Closing Ceremony are invitation-only.
Day 5 at the Warrior Games presented by Deloitte in Colorado Springs, Colo., featured swimming as the single event on the final day of competition. Several athletes had breakout performances including newcomer Marine Corp. Sgt. Kristie Ennis (Milton, Fla.) who won an astounding three gold medals.
After the fifth and final day at the Warrior Games, a competition for 260 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans, the Marine Corps won a fourth straight Chairman's Cup which is awarded to the top overall performing service branch at the Warrior Games. Air Force Captain Mitchell Kiefer (Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio) was crowned the Ultimate Champion based on individual accolades.
Leading final medal standings is the Marine Corps. with 93, followed by Army with 81, Navy with 23, Air Force with 30 and Special Ops with 16. The British Armed forces finished with 21.
The competition concluded with swimming today
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During the final day of Warrior Games presented by Deloitte at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., several athletes produce multi-medal performances including three top finishes from Marine Corp. Sgt. Kristie Ennis (Milton, Fla.) who took gold in women's 50m freestyle- SLA, 100m freestyle- SLA and 50m backstroke- SLA.
Air Force retired TSgt. Corey Carter (Columbus, Ohio) took gold in the 50m backstroke- BE, silver in the 50m freestyle-BE and bronze in both the 100m freestyle-BE and the mixed 200m freestyle relay while Air Force teammate retired SSgt. Jeanne Goldy-Sanitate (Rehoboth Beach, Del.) finished her final Warrior Games medaling in three of her four events.
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Your courage, your determination and your drive all led you to serve America proudly. Those same characteristics will also lead to satisfaction and success in adaptive sports. Disabled Veterans of all ages and abilities report better health, new friendships and a better quality of life when participating in adaptive sports. Disabled Veterans who are physically active simply have more fun! To get started, take some time to review the many sports opportunities available to you by reaching out to your VA clinical team and checking out this website.
Get started by learning how disabled Veterans can benefit from adaptive sports. Check out the website and if you still have questions, contact us at vacoadaptiveSP@va.gov.
Highlights of U.S. military veterans competing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Aug. 29-Sept. 9.
Nationwide, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities use the creative arts as one form of rehabilitative treatment to help Veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities. Across the country each year, Veterans treated at VA facilities compete in a local creative arts competition.
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The TEE Tournament provides legally blind veterans an opportunity to develop new skills and strengthen their self-esteem through adaptive golf and bowling. Each year, the event uses a therapeutic format to promote rehabilitation, fellowship and camaraderie among participants.
The National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic (NVSSC) promotes rehabilitation of body and spirit by teaching summer sporting activities to Veterans with significant physical or psychological impairments. The Clinic features adaptive surfing, sailing, cycling (hand and tandem), track and field events and kayaking.
The premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States, and the only national multi-event sports and recreational seniors' competition program designed to improve the quality of life for all older Veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities.
The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is the worlds largest learn to ski, adaptive winter sports rehabilitative event for U.S. military service Veterans. The pledge of the Clinic is to motivate Veterans with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments, certain neurological problems and other disabilities to live life to the fullest by experiencing Miracles on a Mountainside.
A multi-event sports and rehabilitation program for military service veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or certain neurological problems. Attracting more than 500 athletes each year, the National Veterans Wheelchair Games is the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world.
The Valor Games brings together disabled veterans and wounded, ill or injured service members and engages them in three days of Paralympic sport competition. The event celebrates sport as a means of empowering individuals and strengthening community. Beyond competition, the Valor Games connects athletes with ongoing sports opportunities and resources in their local communities.