Paralyzed Veterans Receive Funding From U.S. Paralympics
The U.S. Paralympics has selected Paralyzed Veterans of America to receive grant funding in support of Paralympic sport and physical activity programs for veterans and service members with disabilities. More than $4.4 million in funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been awarded to 95 community organizations around the country.
Through this program, grants ranging from $2,500 to $500,000 were provided to organizations and community programs to increase the number and quality of opportunities for physically or visually impaired veterans to participate in physical activity within their home communities and in more advanced Paralympic sport programs at the regional and national levels.
“We couldn’t be happier with this latest round of grants to be awarded to these new partner organizations,” said Chris Nowak, director, VA National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events. “These grants provide more outlets for our disabled veterans and injured servicemen and -women to stay active and, perhaps ultimately, the opportunity to take their athleticism to the next level of competition as a U.S. Paralympian.”
The funds from the grant will be used to help support the handcycling, trapshooting, bowling and air rifle/air pistol programs provided by Paralyzed Veterans of America. In addition, the organization plans to use the money to develop and implement programs, assist local chapters hosting tournaments and create participation opportunities for veterans with disabilities.