8th Annual National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic - VA San Diego Healthcare System
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VA San Diego Healthcare System


8th Annual National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic

August 21, 2015

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VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) will host the Eighth National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic in San Diego, September 13 – 18, 2015. Recently injured combat Veterans from around the country will participate in the Clinic, which will include innovative adaptive sporting events such as sailing, kayaking, surfing, cycling, rowing, and archery. The week-long program is designed to provide a supportive environment for healing and rehabilitation, and to promote a healthy lifestyle for Veterans that they can take home with them afterwards.

“San Diego offers a perfect climate, picturesque scenery and ocean breezes – we hope this will create a healing experience for these Veterans,” said VASDHS Director/CEO, Jeffrey T. Gering, FACHE. “We provide the highest quality health care to our Veterans every day, and we’re pleased to be able to offer this Clinic as an extension of the medical, mental health and rehabilitative care we already provide.”

The event hosts over 100 recently injured military Veterans who have spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, certain neurological conditions, amputations, other mobility impairments, or post-traumatic stress disorder. For many participants, 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 on these Veterans,” Gering added.

The opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the San Diego Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel on September 13th and 18th, respectively. Sporting events will take place during the week at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Kellogg Park in La Jolla Shores, Glorietta Bay Park in Coronado, and other venues across San Diego. Admission is free and the public is welcome. More information is available at: www.summersportsclinic.va.gov.