VA to Award Almost $8 Million in Adaptive Sports Grants to Benefit Disabled Veterans

Posted on September 8, 2016 by Disability Help Group

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will award up to $7.8 million in grants to support adaptive sports programs benefiting disabled veterans and servicemembers. The grants will go to organizations nationwide (including those in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) that currently support veterans through services or advocacy.

Some of the organizations that will benefit include cities, municipalities, and organizations that train athletes for the Paralympics.

The grants will provide the funds necessary to develop, plan, manage, and implement the various programs. Supported sports programs will include but are not limited to:

  • Cycling
  • Skiing
  • Rowing
  • Equestrian sports
  • Tai Chi

Ninety programs that serve all 50 states will benefit from these grants to grow existing programs or start new ones in areas of need. The VA expects that the grants will benefit up to 10,000 veterans and provide new ways to enjoy life, heal, and learn new physical skills.

Physical Activities Like Sports Can Benefit Disabled Veterans

Many disabled veterans have found a new lease on life after participating and training in adaptive sports. Even veterans who never played before their injury are finding new niches in these competitive and leisure activities. Some veterans even use the sports as a way to combat mental disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, after suffering a disabling injury.

While sports can help manage life after serving, you may also be eligible to recover benefits for your service. If you are a veteran with a service-connected disability or know a veteran who might qualify for disability benefits, talk to The Disability Help Group. We provide assistance to veterans with service-connected disabilities and guide them through the disability benefits application and appeals processes.

Contact us today at 800-800-2009 to schedule a consultation with one of our veterans’ disability advocates.