VA awarded $14.8 million in grants for adaptive sports programs at the end of September. Adaptive sports benefit Veterans with disabilities and disabled members of the Armed Forces.
Of that, $1.5 million will support organizations that offer equine-assisted therapy to support mental health.
“Adaptive sports help Veterans thrive both physically and mentally as they challenge their inner strength and open pathways to community integration,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “We are honored to partner with over 120 organizations dedicated to providing adaptive sports and equine-assisted activities to help Veterans discover what’s next, not just in sports, but also in life.”
Programs reach almost 11,000 Veterans
VA awarded 126 grants to national, regional and community programs. They will reach about 11,000 Veterans and service members from every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
VA awarded the grants to Veterans Service Organizations and city and regional municipalities. Grants also went to other community groups to provide a wide range of sports opportunities. Grants will also benefit national governing bodies, which prepare high-level athletes for Paralympic competition.
Grant recipients may use the funds to planning, developing, managing and implementing adaptive sports programs.
The grants will support well-known adaptive sports, such as cycling, kayaking and archery. It also will support less traditional sports, like hiking, hunting and paragliding.