Thursday, September 03, 2009

VA To Host Summer Sports Clinic in San Diego

Event Helps Rehabilitate Injured Veterans through Adaptive Sports

WASHINGTON (Sept. 3, 2009) -- Recently-injured Veterans will learn how
to surf, kayak, sail and enjoy other summer sports at a rehabilitative
clinic sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

"As Americans, we have a covenant to care for those who have served our
nation with honor," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.
"VA is proud to fulfill this covenant through events such as the Summer
Sports Clinic, which gives injured Veterans an opportunity to rediscover
their potential and redefine their capabilities."

The second annual National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic will be held
September 20 - 25 in San Diego. The clinic is aimed at introducing
recently-injured Veterans to adaptive sports and renewing their self
confidence through sporting activities.

Events at this rehabilitation clinic include adaptive kayaking, sailing,
track and field, cycling and surfing, using venues throughout San Diego,
including the U.S. Olympic Training Center. At the week-long event,
they also build life-long relationships with fellow Veterans.

Participation is open to military Veterans who are eligible for VA
medical care and who have orthopedic amputations, traumatic brain
injuries, burn injuries, psychological trauma, certain neurological
conditions, visual impairment, spinal cord injuries and other injuries
incurred in the last six years.

VA is a health care leader in rehabilitation. The clinic is one of VA's
six rehabilitation events held each year, with sponsorship support for
the summer clinic provided by original founding sponsors Help
Hospitalized Veterans and the Veterans Canteen Service and national
sponsor Health Net. The VA San Diego Healthcare System hosts the Summer
Sports Clinic.

For more information, visit www.summersportsclinic.va.gov
<http://www.summersportsclinic.va.gov/> , or contact Richard Olague, VA
Summer Sports Clinic Public Affairs Coordinator at (202) 461-7541.

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