Playgrounds Coming to VA Medical Centers Thanks to KaBOOM!
While The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) serves adult veterans, VA medical centers see their fair share of young children brought along to appointments or to visit admitted family members.
Hospitals and medical centers are not usually known to be child-friendly unless they are geared toward child health care. However, the VA is seeking to change this thanks to a partnership with the national non-profit child play advocacy organization, KaBOOM!
Since 1996, KaBOOM! has helped enrich children’s lives and improve neighborhoods with specialized playgrounds and equipment. Through their partnership, the VA will bring playgrounds and other play equipment to VA medical centers and VA Fisher Houses across the nation. Their goal is to make the lives of children visiting VA centers less stressful and to give parents new ways to engage with their children.
Two installations have already taken place at centers in Gainesville, Florida and Salt Lake City, Utah. The project is expected to reach 85,000 children in the next three years, thanks in part to corporate sponsor CarMax. CarMax will lend its hand directly in building four playgrounds and providing grants for another 30 playgrounds.
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