VA Adaptive Sports

Success Story - Kari Miller

Photograph of Kari Miller playing volleyball

Name: Kari Miller

Military Branch: Army

Disability: Double Amputee

Adaptive Sport: Women's Sitting Volleyball

Competitions: Silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China; named best libero at the 2009 Euro Cup.

How did you get involved in adaptive sports: "In December 1999, I was on leave of duty to visit my family for Christmas. While driving, my car was struck by a drunk driver and as a result, I lost both of my legs. In the weeks following the accident, I had plenty of bad days but my physical and emotional rehabilitation came through athletic competition."

How adaptive sports changed your life: "Through sport competition, my work with the USOC Paralympic Military Program and support from my family, I realized my full potential as an athlete with a disability. Growing up, I didn't know any injured people. The only injured people we see are the people at traffic stops asking for change. Paralympic sports opened my mind to a different world. I learned that I had options."

Kari participates in sports for: Rehabilitation, competition and teaching other disabled Veterans about sports.

Fun fact: Kari is a rock climber and comic book enthusiast.

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