Apply now for the 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Registration goes from now until April 15.
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is a sports and rehabilitation program for military service Veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or certain neurological problems. Each year, hundreds of disabled veterans travel from around the country to compete in the Games, which is the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world. With them, they bring the fighting spirit and tenacity that defines the veterans of our armed forces.
Competitive events at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games include:
- air guns,
- field events,
- hand cycling,
- a motorized wheelchair rally,
- power soccer,
- quad rugby,
- table tennis,
- and weightlifting.
The 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games will take place in Dallas, Texas, from June 21-26. For more information, visit www.wheelchairgames.org and follow VA Adaptive Sports on Twitter at @VAAdaptiveSport.
MOAA friends, The Real Warriors Campaign, have some tips on how to cope with stress around the holidays:
From the MOAA archive: Pick up a few more ways to beat stress during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, especially for servicemembers and their families – Homefront – Surviving the Holidays!
Another equine therapy group, War Horses for Veterans, is offering free transportation, hotel and meals to qualified veterans. If you’re near the Stilwell, Kansas area, consider applying to this three-day, equine and networking experience.
Veterans will have the opportunity to bond with horses, as well as each other, in a safe and comfortable environment. Prior experience with horses is not required.
Application for War Horses for Veterans.
If you’re familiar with StoryCorps, then you know how poignant and moving some of the interviews truly can be. This one is no exception – and StoryCorps has crafted it into cartoon form.
Back in 2005, Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Williams was the sole survivor when his squad was ordered to go on a rescue mission in Iraq and became the victims of a roadside bomb.
In this animated video, Williams recalls the events of the day and how he’s managed to move on.
Read More: Iraq War Vet Tells His Tragic Story in Cartoon Form
The Court Services and Offenders Supervision Agency (CSOSA) recently produced a recent radio program on Veteran’s Treatment Courts, a component of the highly successful drug court concept. Veteran Treatment Courts are growing rapidly throughout the United States with early indications of success. You can listen to the program online here.
Panelists on this discussion include:
- Greg Crawford is a Correctional Program Specialist, on the Community Services Division, at the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). Greg’s work at NIC includes Veterans, Children of Incarcerated Parents, and he also manages the Community Corrections Collaborative Network, a network that represents the leading national and international associations for pretrial, probation, parole and diversion programs.
- Actor and activist Melissa Fitzgerald is the Senior Director for Justice for Vets. Melissa may be best known for her 7-year role as Carol on the NBC smash hit The West Wing. Off-screen she is widely recognized as a courageous advocate for people in need; which includes her work as co-founder of Voices in Harmony, a mentoring outreach program that uses theater to work with at-risk teens.
- Bernard Edelman is Deputy Director for Policy and Government Affairs for Vietnam Veterans of America. He edited the ENDURING Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam. He was associate producer of the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning documentary feature based on his book; he was co-producer of the documentary short, “Memorial: Letters from American Soldiers,” which was nominated for an Academy Award.
Check back for additional information, including a Veterans Treatment Court White Paper expected out in December 2014. See nicic.gov/library/029553.
If you’re looking for resources or assistance, visit the MOAA Caregiver Guide for legal advice on the Veterans Justice Outreach Initiative.
For further discussion, watch the panel “Life at Home – Tackling Education, Employment and Justice” from the 2014 Warrior-Family Symposium: