The 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games is wrapping up today. The week-long event is co-presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America. This year's 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games were held in Dallas, Texas and took place from June 21 - 26.
According to Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald, there are more than 600 people competing – 100 of them participating for the first time. The military veterans competed this week in 18 wheelchair sports events including basketball, rugby, soccer, rowing, table tennis, bowling and archery. You can see results of the competition on the official results page.
Veterans who wish to be eligible to participate in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games must have a Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Amputation or other neurological injury that uses wheelchair for sport, and, must be eligible for care in the VA.
Since 1985, Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs have joined forces to work collaboratively to organize and execute the NVWG. This partnership enables the strengths of both organizations to come together to make the NVWG one of the largest annual wheelchair sports programs and truly a world class event!
Taking the partnership to the next level… This is not just a one week experience… VA Rehabilitation Programs and Paralyzed Veterans of America chapters across the country work to empower Veterans to be more active and healthy in their daily lives by getting them involved in sports and recreation programs highlighting fitness, social networking, and community involvement. Sports and recreation reinforce critical values necessary for health while combating the risk of isolation, depression, and other factors associated with health. That is what the Games are about!
Below is a video from this week when the Texas Rangers honored veterans participating in the 2015 National Veterans Wheelchair Games. You can find more videos and photos of wheelchair athletes from this week's games here.
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