San Diego — Judy Hall, a Collierville, Tennessee resident, is participating this week in the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic, hosted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, in collaboration with Wounded Warrior Project, Veterans Canteen Service and dozens of other partners.
The week-long event, in its 15th year, includes Veterans from across the country, with a variety of injuries, ranging from traumatic brain injury and polytrauma, to spinal cord injury or loss of limbs.
The Summer Sports Clinic provides a training ground for Veterans and health care providers in exciting outdoor summer sports such as sailing, surfing, kayaking, cycling. This event is used to educate and build a strong foundation which will further each Veterans’ dedication to their overall rehabilitation, health, and pursuit of a rewarding lifestyle. This complements VA’s recreation therapy programs at facilities like the Memphis VA Medical Center where Hall receives her care.
“Our goal is to motivate Veterans with disabilities to find new ways to adapt,” said National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic Director, Maggie Kremer. “The clinic is a training ground to instill the value of an active lifestyle, aid in community integration, develop determination and build a strong foundation to explore what’s next.”
The National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic is hosted by the VA San Diego Healthcare System, and more than 300 volunteers are expected to donate their time and effort. For more information, visit www.summersportsclinic.va.gov and follow #NVSSC on Twitter at @VAAdaptiveSport or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Sports4Vets.