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Wheelchair Games Provide Therapy, Fun for Disabled Vets

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By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service

OMAHA, Neb., July 29, 2008 – About 500 disabled veterans, including recently wounded warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan, are entering their final day of competition here today at the 28th National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
The event is the world’s largest annual wheelchair sports competition. It brings together veterans with spinal cord injuries, amputations or other mobility or neurological conditions to compete in 17 different events.

Veterans Affairs Secretary James B. Peake, who opened the competition July 25, called it a big part of the veterans’ rehabilitation and said the games provide “a therapeutic extension” of the top-notch health care veterans receive in VA medical centers.

"Rehabilitation is crucial to living a full life following an injury,” Peake said. “I applaud all of the veterans participating as they strive to achieve their goals during this week of athletic competition.”


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