The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Paralympic Military & Veteran Programs provide post-rehabilitation support and mentoring to American servicemen and women who've sustained physical injuries such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, visual impairment/blindness and stroke. Veterans are introduced to adaptive sport techniques and opportunities through clinics and camps and are also connected with ongoing Paralympic sport programs in their hometowns.
Sports participation rates at Warrior Transition Units, Wounded Warrior Battalions/Detachments and other Wounded Warrior programs throughout the U.S. have increased from 31% to 54% over the past two years.
Through partnerships with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the USOC Paralympic Military Program has impacted the lives of thousands of injured military personnel and veterans.
Service members and veterans looking to get active in sports in their communities can visit FindaClub.USParalympics.org to locate a program in their area. For those already identified, fill out the Paralympic Identified Athlete Questionnaire.
"This experience has opened my eyes and hopefully doors to a more positive future."
- Sgt. Andre Sinclair, U.S. Marine Corps
The program isn't just about sports; it's also about attitude, camaraderie and promoting healthy, active lifestyles. A huge role in that process is played by mentors, made up of Paralympic athletes - athletes who've gone through similar experiences by overcoming their own physical disabilities to achieve excellence.
Real Athletes Persevere
2008 U.S. Paralympian and U.S. Army veteran Melissa Stockwell was featured in the USOC's education campaign called Real Athletes Persevere.
Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding in support of the USOC Paralympic Military Program.
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