The 2016 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic was held this past week, Sept 18 – 23, at the VA San Diego Healthcare System in San Diego, California. The annual event attracts Veterans from all over the country who have sustained injuries ranging from traumatic brain injury and polytrauma, to spinal cord injury or loss of limb.

“There is rehabilitative power in leading an active lifestyle and learning new skills and activities,” VA Secretary Bob McDonald has said about adaptive sports.

The clinic’s medical director, Dr. Kalli Hose, and her team provide medical support for the various sport venues. She says the physical and emotional benefits of adaptive sports, leading an active lifestyle and getting the right adaptive equipment can change lives.

“The more active a person is, the healthier they tend to be, both emotionally and physically,” Hose said.

Veterans from all across the country travel to San Diego for the clinic.

“It starts really at the local VA for each Veteran,” Hose explained. “They usually have a team of providers, from the rehabilitation doctors, to the prosthetists, and their primary care doctors. Their job is to make them as active as possible, including providing them with the right adaptive equipment.”

The National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic represents VA’s continued commitment to offer adaptive sports and recreation therapy as an integral part of a successful rehabilitation program.

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  1. James Cahill October 1, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    See OPERATION REBOUND.Its a subgroup of Challenged Athetes Foundation.Come to SD on Oct to be amazed at the CAF triathlon.

  2. Donna Riviere Graves October 1, 2016 at 11:52 am

    My husband was rated 100% combat wounded disable and granted full retirement because of his injuries. Even with all his medical records and DD214 confirming his disabilities he was reapedly and wrongfully denied the Adaptive Housing Assistance Grant. My husband died because his couldn’t get his wheelchair through our hallway and fell there, this fall lead to his death. In his last appeal for help from the VA he ended the appeal “long live Uriah!!!
    Another betrayed Warrior.
    Long Live Captain George W. Graves!!!

  3. Peter Garland September 30, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Wow, I always enjoy your newsletter. That video is fun. I’ve just written an article, “How Do They Treat their Vets – China, Russia, the US?” that’s under consideration by American Legion Magazine. The research sure helped me even more appreciate the deal American vets have and your newsletter is a joy!

    Thanks,

    Mr. Garland M. A.
    Oakland, Ca
    Formerly 11th Marines

  4. Freddie Byrd September 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I have beentrying to get my rating from the VA. After giving all of my data to them. They have reduced my rating. My Doctor has classified me as being able to work since 2011 a full five year. But there is no change in my rating.

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