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VA San Diego Healthcare System


San Diego VA Hosts National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic

Steven Bradford wearing his uniform while active duty

Steven Bradford

Monday, September 10, 2012

At last year’s National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic (NVSSC) in San Diego, Steven Bradford faced his fiercest competitor. It was the competitor that had given him reservations about attending in the first place. He would never be able to overcome his foe with the kind of injuries he had, but still reluctantly came to see if there was some way he could win. Under the watchful eye of coaches, Steven started to change his mind. With help from coaches and staff, he overcame his fiercest competitor – himself, and left the clinic with a newfound confidence to succeed.

Bradford will be joining 131 other recently injured military Veterans in the 5th annual clinic on Sept. 16-21, to support rehabilitation and healing, and promote an active lifestyle. Events during the clinic include sailing, kayaking, surfing, cycling, rowing, archery and track and field.

Veterans who can attend include those with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, certain neurological conditions, amputations, other mobility impairments, or post-traumatic stress disorder. For many injured Veterans, this will be their first opportunity to participate in recreational sports and activities after being injured. 

“We know from our experience with VA’s other national rehabilitative events, that the camaraderie of participating with other Veterans in rehabilitative sports has a powerful therapeutic impact,” said Jeffrey Gering, director of the VA San Diego Healthcare System.

The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina. Sporting events will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista; Kellogg Park in La Jolla Shores; and the Tidelands Park in Coronado.  Admission is free and the public is welcome. More information is available at:


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