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.
Let's proudly sound off for our military Veteran athletes competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Join us in #HonoringVets. Share this message of encouragement, and on Friday, March 7 your tweet (or post) will go out automatically with other supporters at the same moment. This message will proclaim your solidarity with the Veterans and servicemembers who are going for gold in Sochi, and remind your friends and followers to recognize their will and determination to become elite athletes in their sport despite disabilities.
You can also use #HonoringVets and #VetsInSochi on your social media throughout the Paralympics to recognize the accomplishments of our Veteran athletes.
Join us in support of the 2014 National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.
March 30 - April 4, 2014
Snowmass Village, CO
Applications are being accepted for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Military Sports Camp to be held July 24-27. In its 7th year, the RIC Military Sports Camp is specifically designed for injured Veterans or military personnel with a primary physical disability. Introductory level athletes are invited to learn from elite level coaches in a variety of sports including: archery, sled hockey, swimming, SCUBA, wheelchair basketball, judo, kayaking, tennis, rowing, cycling, field, biathlon, golf, yoga, and rock climbing. Attendees will learn the basics of each sport, have a chance to try a wide variety of adaptive equipment, and enjoy select Chicago tourism experiences. Camp is open to Veterans and active duty personnel who have sustained a permanent physical disability of any kind. Applications will be accepted through June 4.
Acceptance notifications will be sent on or before June 9, for those with completed camp applications. For more information or to apply, visit the Rehabilitation of Chicago website, or contact Jason Stubbeman at (312) 238-5010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 24 - 27, 2014
The U.S. Paralympics Integrated Adaptive Sports Program (Grant Program) for disabled Veterans and disabled Members of the Armed Forces provides grant funding to organizations to increase and expand the quantity and quality of Paralympic and adaptive sport opportunities disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces have to participate in physical activity within their home communities, as well as more advanced Paralympic sport programs at the regional and national levels. Authorized under 38 U.S.C. 521A, the Grant Program is administered through a partnership between the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Interested in becoming a Paralympic athlete?
The VA National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events Office provides a monthly assistance allowance for disabled Veterans as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 322(d) and Section 703 of the Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2008 for qualifying athletes training in Paralympic sports.
Through the program, VA will pay a monthly allowance to a Veteran with either a service-connected or non-service-connected disability if the Veteran meets the minimum military standards or higher (e.g., Emerging, Talent Pool, National Team) in his or her respective sport at a recognized competition. Besides making the military standard, an athlete must also be nationally or internationally classified by his or her respective sport federation as eligible for Paralympic competition within six or 12 months of a qualifying performance.
Athletes must also have established training and competition plans and are responsible for turning in monthly and quarterly reports in order to continue receiving the monthly assistance allowance. The allowance rate for an athlete approved for monetary assistance is the same as the 38 U.S.C. Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) rate, which in FY 2013 ranged from $585.11 up to $1,104.64 per month, depending on the number of dependents.
Download the VA Training Allowance Standards
Download the VA Training Allowance Briefing
To learn more about the specific sport standards or the monthly assistance allowance, email us at vacoadaptiveSP@va.gov.
Want to learn more about programs and services related to healthcare, employment, education and other topics? Visit the National Resource Directory (www.NRD.gov).