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Paralympic Community Initiative

Reprinted from PN January 2010

USOC and its Paralympic Division, along with USOC member organizations, will expand rehabilitative support at the community level in collaboration with VA, to injured veterans.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) signed a memorandum of understanding to provide Paralympic sport programming and additional community support, including funding and resources, to injured servicemembers and veterans across the country.

Under the terms of the agreement, USOC and its Paralympic Division, along with USOC member organizations, including veteran and military organizations, will expand rehabilitative support at the community level in collaboration with VA, to injured veterans. Support includes training, equipment, access to Paralympic mentors, and ongoing sports programming in communities across the country.

The Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2008 authorizes VA to award $8 million in annual grant support to the U.S. Paralympics to plan, develop, manage, and implement an integrated adaptive sports program for disabled veterans and disabled members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

In addition, $2 million in direct veteran support will be provided for injured servicemembers who are seeking competitive sport opportunities.

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, U.S. Paralympics was formed in May 2001 with the goal of enhancing programs, obtaining funding, and providing competitive opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities to participate in Paralympic sports.

Contact: Public Relations, U.S. Paralympics, 719-866-2039 / Beth.bourgeois@usoc.org.

 

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