Are you a Warfighter Sports participant looking to get more involved in adaptive sports? Check out these resources to help you get started.
Through the VA:
As a wounded service member, you may be eligible for adaptive equipment through the VA, whether you are active duty or a veteran. While each VA’s process is slightly different, the following is a general guide to navigating the process for receiving adaptive equipment.
1) Register through the VA. www.benefits.va.gov/compensation
2) Identify your interests. The process can move more quickly if you already have documentation of participation and trials of several pieces of adaptive equipment to know which one works best for you.
3) Consult your primary care provider. They will help initiate this process and make referrals as needed. Medical clearance is required.
4) Get a full evaluation. Typically done through the rehabilitation department, this assessment includes education and identification of adaptive equipment as it relates to your specific physical needs and interests.
5) Identify Appropriate Equipment/Submit Request. Based on the evaluation, you and your rehabilitation team will select equipment to accommodate your needs. Next, a formal request will be submitted for final approval.
6) Receive your equipment. Final fitting and adjustments are made when equipment is issued.
These organizations also provide adaptive sports grants to supplement the VA program. Visit their websites to learn more about their qualification and application process.
Challenged Athletes Foundation (Operation Rebound) – www.challengedathletes.org
IM Able Foundation – www.imablefoundation.org
Hope for the Warriors – www.hopeforthewarriors.org
Play Foundation – www.playfoundation.org
Kelly Brush Foundation (SCI Only) – www.kellybrushfoundation.org
High Fives Foundation (Winter Sports Only) – www.highfivesfoundation.org
Team Semper Fi / America’s Fund – www.semperfifund.org
Catch a Lift Fund (Gym Memberships) – www.catchaliftfund.com
Have you mastered a sport and are looking to give back to your fellow Veterans and other adaptive athletes? Consider becoming an instructor. Disabled Sports USA’s Adapt2Achieve program provides adaptive sports instructor training through a variety of in-person conferences and webinars throughout the year.
For more information on sport-specific trainings, please contact Karalyn Stott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email Bre Podgorski at email@example.com with your question.