The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently announced a new series of grants intended to improve access to adaptive sports programs. These programs are a kind of rehabilitation effort that helps improve people physically and psychologically by getting them active in sports. They are part of a broader ongoing effort to involve community groups in assisting disabled veterans in reintegrating into everyday society.
“Adaptive sports” refers to any sport which has modifications to its rules or equipment to make it more accessible to people with disabilities. Adaptive sports have been increasingly seen as a useful way of rehabilitating people who become disabled as the result of illness or injury, as it encourages them to get more physically active and participate more in group activities. This group obviously includes disabled veterans, who often struggle to reintegrate into normal society after suffering a disabling wound or illness during their service.
Critically, these adaptive sports grants also fund programs for soldiers with disabilities who continue to serve their country despite their disabled status. This is because, due to advancements in medicine and prosthetics, many injuries and illnesses that were once crippling can now be mitigated, allowing people with disabilities to serve in the armed services alongside their more able-bodied brothers and sisters in arms. However, there still needs to be funding for accommodations for those with disabilities, and these adaptive sports programs go a long way to making sure disabled service members can compete as just another part of the team.
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