VA Grant Supporting Parks & Recreation Agencies for Paralympic Sports
A recent batch of grants funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is going out to 9 park and recreation agencies across the nation to support the development of physical activity programs for disabled veterans.
Several grants ranging from $2,500 to $500,000 were awarded to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for distribution to organizations partnered with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC). The USOC controls the U.S. Paralympics division, which is responsible for paralympic sporting events and programs across the United States.
Over $4.4 million funds will be put toward developing programs that provide opportunities to disabled veterans to participate in physical activities and sports in their local communities. Many of these community programs also help aspiring Olympians train and participate in paralympic events.
The grants are going to agencies in the Parks: Return & Restore program established by the NRPA. The program was developed to enhance the opportunities for disabled veterans to engage in more physical recreation after studies showed a positive effect on veterans’ rehabilitation and emotional well-being.
Another option for disabled veterans to find more resources for therapy, treatment and help with their disabilities is to apply for veterans disability benefits. Aside from disability pay, the benefits connect veterans to assistance in improving their life after a combat-related injury.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.