For additional recreational and other opportunities for Wounded Warriors and their families, please visit this LINK.
Art classes - American Healing Arts Foundation
The American Healing Arts Foundation (AHAF) is a non-profit organization that promotes art classes at no cost to our veterans. Our mission is to give veterans new hope, offer them our support, friendship and additionally give them an art career opportunity. Art is proven to be therapeutic for the mind body and soul. We are looking forward to our ultimate goal of the ‘Veterans Academy of Art’.
- Every man and woman that has ever served our country is eligible for the art classes.
- Wounded warriors and their families have an added financial burden which is why we offer no cost art classes.
- Art therapy classes offer veterans the ability to interact with world-renowned art instructors, witness their own creative side and exercise the power of rehabilitation.
- Classes are intended to reunite veterans with their peers, away from hospitals and the battlefield, in a peaceful environment.
- Every veteran is given the opportunity to discover their talents and achieve an art career.
- After a series of classes, veterans will leave with encouragement, hopefulness, inspiration and a sense of peace as well as self-satisfaction.
Art classes - Other opportunities
Cycling - Operation One Voice
Operation One Voice's wounded warrior bike program provides a variety of bicycles (road bikes, tandem, and hand-cranked) to severely injured Special Operation service members to aid in the operator's rehab and quality of life.
Operation One Voice is a program designed by police officers, firefighters and community leaders to raise funds to help support the immediate needs of children and families of wounded and fallen Special Operations Forces. Special Operation Forces consist of US Army Special Operations Command (USASCOC); Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC); Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSCOC); Marine Force Special Operations Command (MARSOC); and Joint Special Operation Command (JSOC).
Cycling - Ride to Recovery (The American Legion)
Ride to Recovery is a 501(c)3 organization that supports Spinning® Recovery Labs and outdoor cycling programs at military and VA medical facilities to help injured veterans overcome physical obstacles. Cycling is an important part of the recovery and rehabilitation program for two reasons: cycling is an activity in which almost all patients with mental and physical disabilities can participate, and participation in R2R helps speed up the recovery and rehabilitation process.
Our mission is to improve the health and wellness of wounded warriors by providing a life-changing experience that can impact their lives forever.
Cycling - Sea to Shining Sea (San Fransisco to Virginia Beach)
Sea to Shining Sea (S2SS) is a 4,000-mile bicycle ride across the United States by a team of patriotic Americans. The group is comprised mostly of veterans disabled in war, but also includes able-bodied supporters. S2SS is hosted by World T.E.A.M. Sports, a leading nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, to honor the courage of our military and the strength of the American spirit.
This ride will provide dramatic proof that disabled Americans can lead productive lives and accomplish feats that are mere dreams for ordinary people. National media will cover the ride and a full-length documentary will be made. All profits will go to other athletic events World T.E.A.M. Sports runs for disabled Americans and Soldiers’ Angels, a leading support organization for United States service personnel.
A core group of 25 to 30 bikers will ride the entire distance and will include injured military and a few able-bodied cyclists. In addition, there will be several stage rides across key route areas during which other disabled and able-bodied riders will be encouraged to join the ride and this way to show support for the project.
Cycling - Soldier Ride
Soldier Ride is a Wounded Warrior Project initiative that provides adaptive cycling opportunities across the country to help wounded warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being. It is a unique adaptive cycling experience that honors our military men and women as they courageously battle the physical and psychological damages of war. Through the exhilaration of cycling, warriors embrace possibilities for the future in a supportive environment with fellow injured service members.
Dance - Soldiers Who Salsa
Soldiers Who Salsa uses dance as therapy for wounded or injured military members and their families....active and retired. The mission of Soldiers Who Salsa is to enhance and enrich the lives of active and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families through a unique program incorporating therapeutic social dancing with a variety of music and professional instruction.
Link to a separate page with countless organizations that provide therapy or service dogs accompanied by relevant articles relating to therapy dogs.
Fitness - Catch A Lift Fund
Catch A Lift ("CAL") is a non-profit organization that assists wounded service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with starting their healing process and maintaining their mental and physical health through physical fitness. CAL provides gifted gym memberships or in-home gym equipment to wounded post 9-11 veterans anywhere in the United States.
Fitness - Operation Endurance (Livingstone, Alabama)
Operation Endurance enables local servicemen and women who have sustained a severe injury during active duty access to Lakeshore Foundation's membership programs at no cost.These severe injuries include, but are not limited to, loss of vision/blindness, spinal cord injury/paralysis, loss of limb, permanent disfigurement, severe burns or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
As a Lakeshore Foundation member, you will have access to fitness workouts and classes, swimming and aquatic exercise, recreation activities, competitive individual and team sports, fishing, hunting, canoeing and kayaking. Participants in Operation Endurance will also have access to a climbing wall and receive individualized strength and conditioning instruction.
Lakeshore Foundation staff is available to help make equipment adaptations to enable participation in sports and recreation activities and a number of accomplished individuals with physical disabilities are on-hand to serve as mentors.
Fitness - YMCA
We understand that military families are under enormous strain. As a member of the Y, you and your family can spend quality time together and enjoy fun activities in a warm, supportive environment. It’s also a place to meet other military families who can relate to your unique situation. Wounded service members assigned to a Community Based Warrior in Transition Unit (CBWTU) are eligible for free membership.
Golf - Bunkers in Baghdad
We are a not-for-profit charity that collects and sends new and used golf balls, clubs and equipment to our troops currently serving in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bunkers also supplies golf equipment to Wounded Warriors Programs around the country to aid in the rehabilitation of our injured veterans.
Golf - Fairways for Warriors (Central Florida, Fayetteville, NC)
Fairways for Warriors is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a better quality of life for our Wounded Warriors by teaching them to play the game of golf, a game that can be played and enjoyed for the rest of their lives.
During our golf clinics we will employ a teach, play, compete cycle to be repeated each clinic session. In this way you will learn how, demonstrate how, and finally compete against your fellow clinic mates.
Golf - Friends of American Lake Golf Club (Lakewood, WA)
The American Lake Veterans Golf Course, on the grounds of the VA Hospital in Lakewood, WA, is the nation's only golf course designed specifically for the rehabilitation of wounded and disabled veterans. At this unique facility, disabled veterans can hit balls, take lessons from a PGA pro, the go out and play the course. Blind golfers, amputees, and veterans recovering from emotional trauma and oth...er injuries can join able-bodied soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines for camaraderie, support and rounds of golf - all in an atmosphere of honor and acceptance.
Golf - GIVE for Veterans (Iowa)
The GIVE Foundation (Golf for Injured Veterans Everywhere) is a not-for-profit organization to provide a structured golf program for injured Iowa Veterans who use the Iowa City VA Health Care System. The golf program is comprised of four phases of training for injured veterans to participate in to enhance injured veterans’ mental, social, physical, and emotional well-being; and improve their quality of life.
Golf - Harmon's Heroes (Troops First Foundation)
The program designer for this initiative is none other than top-rated golf instructor himself, Butch Harmon. From beginning to end, our Warrior Golfers experience the best facilities, the finest staff, visits from PGA and LPGA tour players and SGT Harmon’s passion and commitment to make certain that they know their service will always be appreciated and remembered. And like other Troops First initiatives, Butch makes certain that successful business leaders who advocate for our Warriors are present to share their experiences and forge meaningful friendships.
Golf - Operation Game On
More of our troops are returning home with life altering combat injuries, and the one thing we can give them is that familiar game of golf. Golf gives injured troops the confidence to regain an active lifestyle and provides hope for a brighter future.
With your help and support we can accomplish our goals of an ongoing golf rehabilitation program for the returning wounded troops which provides golf lessons and golf equipment, as well as golf apparel and multiple playing opportunities.
Golf - Skills 4 Life (Military Warriors Support Foundation)
Golf is one of the most popular sports and hobbies for our wounded vets. Some are learning how to swing differently, adapting and overcoming their injury while many others are attracted to the game and picking it up for the first time.
MWSF is very involved with the PGA and several major golfing events. Our foundation is part of the PGA’s Birdies for the Brave and attends many events that allow golfing opportunities for our wounded heroes at various courses across the country. We run a VIP hospitality skybox on the 18th green at the Valero Texas Open and also provide opportunities for our heroes to caddy for golf pros in pro-am tournaments through our relationship with Caddies for a Cure.
Golf - The Salute Military Golf Association
The Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA) is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide rehabilitative golf experiences for combat-wounded veterans in an effort to improve the quality of life for these American heroes.
SMGA's Support for Combat-Wounded Veterans: The SMGA believes the rehabilitative benefits of golf can improve the mental and physical condition of each and every wounded warrior returning from combat. The SMGA provides golf instruction, equipment, and playing opportunities for combat-wounded American veterans injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Link to a separate page with organizations that provide equine therapy for military personnel and their families.
Hunting and fishing - F.I.S.H. Fishermen in Support of Heroes
F.I.S.H. was organized as a way to show appreciation to our military service members for the job they do protecting our country. While we may not be able to show our full appreciation for the sacrifices they make, we have combined our passion for fishing and our admiration for our military folks.
Our primary focus is on the Wounded Warriors who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan to Camp LeJeune and Fort Bragg to recover from their injuries. We organize trips to take them fishing. We use private boats, charter boats, ocean piers and other venues to take these folks fishing. We provide all the gear, licenses, food, drinks and bait. We even bring along plenty of volunteers to help bait hooks, demonstrate techniques, clean fish, and other chores as needed.
Hunting and fishing - Fishing Has No Boundaries
Fishing Has No Boundaries®, Inc. (FHNB) is a non-profit organization whose goal is to open up the great outdoors for people with disabilities through the world of fishing. FHNB has grown into a National Organization with 23 chapters in 11 states, enabling thousands of individuals with disabilities to participate fully in this spirit lifting, morale booster, trouble free recreational activity.
Hunting and fishing - Flyin' Heroes (Baldwin, MI)
Flyin' Heroes is a program that utilizes the sport of fly fishing to promote therapeutic growth and rehabilitation of U.S. servicemen and women injured in combat. The goal of Flyin' Heroes is to create memorable fly fishing experiences that unlock the healing power of the water and foster lasting relationships.
Participants will experience a unique guided float trip down the Pere Marquette River in Baldwin, Michigan. Each participants will be instruction on the basic techniques of fly and/or spinner fishing for trout and other game species.
Fishing related activities will be held from within a drift boat, on a riverbank or physically wading into the river depending on the comfort level of each participant.
The fishing trips will range from 4-6 hours long and will incorporate a streamside prepared lunch provided by Flyin' Heroes. All necessary fishing tackle, rods and waders will be provided by Flyin' Heroes.
Hunting and fishing - Freedom Hunters
Saluting the noble work of our courageous men and women of the Armed Forces is our mission. Freedom Hunters would like to reflect the outdoor community's appreciation to the troops by taking select active duty and combat veterans on outdoor adventures. With help from conservation groups, outfitters, corporations and land owners, Freedom Hunters will honor individuals from all branches of the Military. It is with immense pride and enthusiasm that Freedom Hunters will carry on the American tradition of hunting and fishing with active military personnel across the United States.
Honoring the Wounded - We are proud to show our gratitude to Purple Heart recipients. Many may not have the same physical abilities as when they joined the service, but heart and determination is something that still drives these men forward.
Hunting and fishing - Lima Foxtrot Programs for Injured Military (Livingstone, AL)
Hunting season is just around the corner and preparations are underway for another exciting time at the Lakeshore Foundation Hunting Club. We invite you to join us at our facility in Sumter County, Alabama, about 15 miles from Livingston, Alabama. The facility offers sleeping arrangements for up to 15 people, wheelchair accessible restrooms, a fully accessible kitchen along with central heating and cooling. We also provide assistance to disabled hunters with getting to and from deer blind, with guiding, scouting, tracking and skinning of harvested game. Lakeshore Foundation staff supervises all hunts.
Hunting and fishing - Operation Still Waters (Saint Petersburg, FL)
The goal of Operation Still Waters is simple; to help -- in any possible way we can -- those military personnel, firefighters and law enforcement professionals who may have been injured or hurt in performing their duty. Regardless of the source or results of those injuries, it’s the goal of Operation Still Waters to help people who've been hurt working for America to spend some time on the water with us -- and eventually with anyone they care to fish with.
Operation Still Waters is a Florida not-for-profit corporation made up of individuals personally or professionally involved in one of mankind’s oldest pass times: fishing. Our team is well-rooted in our local community, but hopes to bring the concept anywhere in the world we might be of help.
Hunting and fishing - Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.
Hunting and fishing - Purple Heart Ranch (Sterling City, TX)
Military Warriors Hero Support Foundation
Purple Heart Ranch is open exclusively to combat wounded heroes and to Gold Star families. The ranch is also open to children of combat wounded heroes and those who have a parent currently deployed to a combat zone. Both the families of the wounded heroes and the parents of the children are encouraged to come and enjoy the experience with the hunters. There is fishing available at both properties and many other activities for the families. Both ranches are rich in history and are littered with Native American artifacts, especially arrow heads.
Hunting and fishing - Show of Support
The purpose of Show of Support is to demonstrate public support for the men and women of our military by providing outdoor opportunities to those injured in service to our country. Started by Terry Johnson in 2004, the program also seeks to bring public awareness to the outdoor sports of hunting and fishing, respect for our resources and the care and preservation of those assets in addition to simply saying thanks.
Hunting and fishing - The Maj. Steven Roy Andrews Fishing Outreach Program Inc. (Cheshire, CT)
The Maj. Steven Roy Andrews Fishing Outreach Program Inc. is a non-profit program that was started in 2008 out of a need to help veterans and at risk and needy kids. The purpose of this program is to get veterans and kids hooked on fishing. For veterans it gives them a way to deal with issues from their service, be it mental or physical ones.
Joe Kowalski takes a vet or kid out on the boat for a day of fishing. “It's a lot like a one day fishing lesson. I try and teach them all I know about this great sport.” explains Kowalski. Each vet or kid receives a rod and reel and a tackle box full of the latest baits. This is theirs to keep free of charge. Also included are contacts for local fishing clubs in the area they live so they can continue on if they wish or they can call Joe anytime with questions.
Hunting and fishing - Wounded Warriors in Action
The WWIA aids in healing the hearts and minds of our Nation's combat wounded heroes (Purple Heart recipients) from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. We accomplish this by providing to wounded veterans world-class outdoor sporting activities, chiefly consisting of participation in hunting and fishing retreats all across America. Hunting and fishing provide excellent niche opportunities to assist our wounded veterans in recovering - mentally, physically and spiritually from their war experiences.
Ice hockey - USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program
The USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program trains and supplies Injured Servicemen and women with Hockey equipment and the skills needed to use the sport of Ice Hockey as a rehabilitation tool to overcome both physical and mental injuries sustain either in combat or in defense to the United States of America.
Kayak fishing - Heroes on the Water
Heroes on the Water helps helps wounded warriors relax, rehabilitate, and reintegrate through kayak fishing and the outdoors. Heroes on the Water(HOW) originated in Texas, with the first outings involving troops from the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and has expanded its operations to 29 local chapters across the nation.
Kayak fishing - Irish Water Dogs (North Florida, Central Florida, South Florida)
The mission of the IWDWarriors program is to say thank you to those that give so much of themselves for all we have. We host a monthly program to benefit our wounded heroes through the healing power of water and kayak fishing.
Kayaking - Team River Runner
Team River Runner provides military veterans and their family members with the opportunity to find health, healing, and new challenges through whitewater boating and other paddling sports.
Manage events at sporting venues - Purpose Driven Rehab (Call of Duty Endowment, Pro vs. GI Joe)
Purpose Driven Rehab is a military support initiative in which wounded veterans from around the country manage events at some of the biggest sporting venues across the country.
Mountaineering - Climbs for Heroes (The Heroes Project)
Under the leadership of Tim Medvetz, the Heroes Project supports climbing programs for wounded soldiers and veterans. After a serious accident left Tim injured and in long term physical therapy, he vowed he would climb to the summit of Mt. Everest, which he ultimately did in 2007. The comeback Tim experienced in conquering that challenge transformed his life. It also inspired him to share the challenge and triumph with those who need it the most - wounded warriors - which he has done in a volunteer capacity. On August 16, Tim reached the peak of Elbrus in Europe with a wounded veteran. Tim is now planning climbs to the seven summits of the world, each with soldiers and veterans, as part of the Heroes Project.
Mountaineering - Soldiers to Summits
Soldiers To Summits (S2S) helps disabled veterans shatter personal barriers and reclaim lives by using mountaineering as the learning tool for setting ambitious goals, building world-class teams, innovating through obstacles, and stepping up to lead and serve others. For the S2S program, the mountains serve as the metaphor and training ground for helping to restructure how to deal with a certain past and uncertain future, while integrating with the existing rehab process. Any injured service member, from any service branch, active or retired, with any disability is eligible to apply. Climbing experience is not required or expected, but you do need a base level of physical fitness, a willingness to grow and a big heart.
Link to a separate page with organizations that provide music therapy (guitars) for military personnel.
Outdoor adventures - American Heroes Program (Outdoors Without Limits)
The goal of the American Heroes program at OWL is to keep all wounded/disabled veterans active by taking them on hunting and fishing trips and other outdoor activities across North America. Veterans and veteran's families go through so much in protecting our freedoms, many giving the ultimate sacrifice and we feel it is our duty to show our gratitude for what they have done for our country.
Outdoor adventures - Camp Patriot
Camp Patriot exists to take Disabled U.S. Veterans on outdoor adventures. Camp Patriot wants to renew the dreams and visions of our disabled veterans for a meaningful future. We will be bringing disabled American Veterans to the great state of Montana for outdoor adventures of their choosing. However, outdoor adventures are just some of the activities we provide disabled U.S. military veterans at Camp Patriot. We want to create relationships for them through outdoor adventures that will promote positive, life changing experiences.
With the construction of a first-class lodge outside of Libby, MT, we will be able to accommodate up to 20 veterans per week. We will provide a range of outdoor activities, and will be equipped to accommodate veterans with an array of disabilities. There will be no cost to the veteran.
Outdoor adventures - Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities (C.A.M.O.)
C.A.M.O. provides recreational and cultural experiences for wounded warriors with cognitive or physical disabilities. We encourage family and friends to share in these experiences. Wounded warriors are able to realize their life potential, bridging the gap between injuries and moving forward with life's challenges despite adversity.
C.A.M.O. is dedicated specifically to our veterans, who face a multitude of physical, emotional and professional challenges, and who are committed to the hard work required to overcome these challenges extending far beyond their hospital stay. Currently, there is no government funding for these types of programs, and Challenge Aspen is one of only a few organizations offering this type of recreational therapy. It is the goal of Challenge Aspen for C.A.M.O. to become the model program in the United States.
Outdoor adventures - Operation Denali
Our mission is to enable four warriors wounded in the Global War on Terrorism to overcome devastating combat injuries and successfully summit 20,320 ft Denali, the highest mountain in North America, symbolizing the strength of our nation and those who defend it.
Outdoor adventures - Operation Injured Soldiers
The goal of Operation Injured Soldiers is to help our wounded heroes get back to doing the sports and hobbies they enjoyed before being deployed.
The funds we raise provide hunting, fishing, and camping trips, along with many other outdoor recreational activities, to our disabled heroes to help with their physical and mental rehabilitation. Through corporate sponsorships and individual donations, these trips are provided at no cost to our injured heroes.
Outdoor adventures - Outward Bound
Free veterans expeditions.
Adventure and challenge, solitude, reflection, and renewal, the wilderness has always symbolized a new beginning - a place for discovery and fulfilling adventure. The Outward Bound program for Veterans provides an opportunity for camaraderie and has proven to be a powerful tool helping veterans readjust after leaving the combat zone.
Our newest programs offer numerous wilderness adventures exclusively for war veterans, and are fully funded for all participants, to include their roundtrip stateside travel costs between home and the excursion site. Our goals include helping participating veterans build a supportive community with other war veterans; facilitating discussions on readjustment and transition challenges; and re-energizing and reinvigorating our veterans' spirits with adventures and challenges in the beautiful outdoors.
Outdoor adventures - Team River Runner (Kayaking for Wounded Warriors and their Families)
Team River Runner (TRR), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, gives active duty servicemembers and veterans an opportunity to find health, healing, and new challenges through whitewater boating and other paddling sports. The benefits of TRR have as much to do with creating a social network and support system as they do with learning water sports skills that provide an exciting adventure lifestyle that suddenly seemed lost due to injury. The program also encourages family members to participate whenever possible.
Outdoor adventures - Wounded Warrior Outdoors
Wounded Warrior Outdoors, Inc. is a non-profit organization exclusively founded to provide wounded servicemen and women with therapeutic outdoor adventures across North America. WWO gives deserving Active Duty Warriors in transition the opportunity of a lifetime in the wilderness location of their choice. We call them “Adventures Enabled.” Their adventure could take them bear hunting in the mountains of British Columbia, Canada, on alligator hunts or fishing excursions in the Gulf Coast region of Florida or deer hunting in Texas. During their experience, they will participate in therapeutic activities such as backpacking, trail expeditions and numerous social interactions.
Wounded Warrior Outdoors provides this all-inclusive adventure at absolutely no cost to the servicemen and women, their families or the government. Transportation, lodging, meals and documentation of the adventure is provided free of charge.
Racing - Manpower to Horsepower
Manpower to Horsepower is a racing rehabilitation and accredited Motorsports Management program for disabled veterans.
Manpower to Horsepower is a organization meeting the transitional needs of post-combat veterans by creating an atmosphere of friendship and appreciation through the sport of racing.
Our vision is to provide a recovery based system of care that identifies and builds upon each individual’s assets, strengths, health and competence to achieve a sense of mastery over their condition while regaining a meaningful, constructive sense of membership in the broader community.
Racing - Racing Heroes
Racing Heroes is a program for our wounded warriors and others who have sustained spinal cord and amputation injuries. Racing Heroes makes Autocross accessible to those who require hand controls to operate a vehicle. We use a Racing Kart modified with hand controls, allowing those with limited physical ability to enjoy this exciting sport. The steering is quick. The engine screams, and the controls are very easy to use. Karts have disc brakes and wide racing compound tires. They are safe and fun.
Robotic wheelchairs, specialized cycles - Independence Fund for America's Severely Wounded Service Members
Independence Fund is a non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide veterans who have been severely injured during the Global War on Terrorism with the tools, therapies and guidance that they are otherwise not receiving.
Donated items include, but are not limited to the $25,000 robotic wheelchair, the $4000 specialized cycles and unfunded physical therapy equipment pictured here. Our grants would not be possible without the generosity of organizations like the Lakeway Patriot Fund, the Military Order of the Purple Heart Foundation and the support of the many individual donors who donate on their own accord. Ancillary to this core mission we have found that events such as the Lt Dan Ride, and the Schlumberger Cycling Club’s annual Wallis Ride provide an enormous therapeutic value for our severely injured by breaking down barriers between the able bodied and disabled veterans communities. In the past 2 1/2 years since its inception, with no paid staff, the Independence Fund has raised and distributed nearly $750,000 in goods and services to deserving veterans and their caregivers.
Sailing, cruising, diving - Veterans Ocean Adventures (South Florida)
Our mission is to create an opportunity for veterans to experience the healing power of water.
Our vision is to create an opportunity for disabled veterans to experience open ocean sailing, cruising and diving through a partnership with Shake-A-Leg Miami and the Miami Vet Center. Once participants have completed the Shake-A-Leg Introduction to Water Sports program and express a desire to advance to blue water sailing, Veterans Ocean Adventures provides an introduction to cruising in the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. Select participants may continue on to join a leg of an ongoing world circumnavigation.
Scuba - Dive Pirates Foundation (various chapters across the U.S.)
Based on camaraderie, compassion, freedom to dive, and the Code of Conduct, Dive Pirates will support, train, equip, and provide dive travel to individuals with disabilities through Adaptive Scuba Diving.
Scuba - Disabled Veterans Scuba Project (Long Beach and West Los Angeles, CA)
Our mission is to serve disabled veterans by helping them experience the comaraderie of SCUBA diving and the wonders of the underwater world.
The all volunteer staff of the Disabled Veterans SCUBA Project currently has approval to teach SCUBA diving to the disabled Veterans at Long Beach and West Los Angeles VA hospitals. We are providing SCUBA instruction to disabled Veterans (Paraplegic, Quadriplegic, PTSD, TBI, Poly-Trauma, Blind, or Amputee).
The Disabled Veterans SCUBA Project is currently conducting class for Veterans of both the Long Beach and Greater West Los Angeles VA Hospitals.
We are looking for opportunities to speak to public groups about adaptive SCUBA.
Not A Veteran? We would be happy to put you into contact with our HSA Certified instructors who can teach you outside of the Disabled Veterans SCUBA Project. Naturally each instructor sets their own fees.
Scuba - Operation Bottom Time (Arizona Disabled Scuba Divers Foundation)
Operation Bottom Time is a project offered by the Arizona Disabled Scuba Divers Foundation, which addresses rehabilitation needs of disabled veterans. The goals of the project are to use the sport of scuba diving to:
- build participants’ confidence and competence
- provide opportunities to socialize and network with other disabled and able-bodied persons in a positive and productive environment
- provide opportunities for families to reconnect in meaningful activities that enhance physical and mental health.
Scuba - Scuba Warriors (Heartbeat for Warriors) (Washington state)
Scuba Warriors — therapeutic scuba diving for wounded warriors. Heartbeat—Serving Wounded Warriors pays for therapeutic scuba diving for wounded service members of GWOT, the Global War on Terrorism. We call this program Scuba Warriors. Warriors with physical or psychological injuries, or both, can benefit from this healing activity.
Scuba - Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba (SUDS)
Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba (SUDS) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Medical Center is designed to help improve the lives of injured veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan.
Softball - Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) mission is to raise awareness, through exhibition and celebrity softball games, of the sacrifices and resilience of our military, and highlight their ability to rise above any challenge. Our goal is to show other amputees and the general population, that these athletes through extensive rehabilitation and training are able to express their desires and perform the sport they loved.
The WWAST is comprised of young, competitive, athletic veterans and active duty soldiers who have lost limbs post-9/11, while serving their country in the military/war. The team includes individuals with a variety of amputations of the arm, above knee, below knee, bilateral below knee, and foot. Some are still in the service, others are attending college thanks to the Post-9/11 GI Bill while others have moved on to new careers.
WWAST athletes are examples of amputees who continue to push the limits of modern prosthetic technology with more and more applications. Of course, our dream would be the return of our soldiers from harms way without the resulting loss of life and limb. Until such a time, our vision is to support and honor our soldiers and veterans sacrifices, and to show other amputees and everyone who sees or hears about us that life without a limb is limitless.
Sports - Association of Amputee Surfers (AmpSurf)
For 9 years, AmpSurf has been providing our Learn to Surf Clinics. AmpSurf has served hundreds of our disabled veterans as well as disabled adults and children who probably never would have had this experience if it hadn’t been for our program. AmpSurf (Association of Amputee Surfers) is a501(c)(3) non-profit organization, made up of amputees, veterans, friends and families of the disabled and depends on donations for our operations.
AmpSurf wants to promote, inspire, educate, and rehabilitate people with disabilities, especially our veteran heroes through adaptive surfing and fun, safe, outdoor activities that all can participate in.
One in five Americans struggle with a lifelong disability and nearly two million men and women have served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan who are now coming home looking for ways to feel whole again and to fit back in to ””normal”” life. Whether they are an amputee, blind, suffer from PTSD, have quadriplegia or a traumatic brain injury. Whether they served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf war, Iraq or Afghanistan, whether they are a child of Autism, or a young woman who has lost a limb to cancer, AmpSurf offers a unique rehabilitative program to bring the healing power of the ocean and adaptive surfing together for an experience that is both mentally and physically one of the best forms of rehabilitation on the planet.
Sports - Combat Veterans Sports Foundation
We are an organization that is based on allowing recovering combat injured soldiers the opportunity to work with professional sports franchises. Whats better than sports and soldiers?
Combat Veteran Sports Foundation, provides Wounded Combat Veterans with a positive outlet by volunteering through professional sports organizations, seeks to enhance the warriors recovery process through a community awareness platform and to provide recognition of their sacrifice.
Sports - Disabled Sports USA
Walter Reed has selected Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) as the lead agency in providing sports and recreation opportunities to help military amputees focus on their abilities, speed their recovery, and regain their self-confidence and mobility skills. With the cooperation of other organizations, such as the Wounded Warrior Project (www.dsusa.org/WoundedWarrior.html) and the Adaptive Sports Foundation (www.adaptivesportsfoundation.org), DSUSA provides opportunities for military amputees to try a variety of sports.
The following directory of disability sports offers a starting point for helping you get involved. For additional information or to find a sports organization near you, please contact the Amputee Coalition of America (888/267-5669) or one of the national sports organizations included in this list.
Site includes links to: aquatic sports, archery, aviation, basketball, billiards/pool, cycling/racing, fencing, fishing/hunting/shooting, football, golf, hockey, sportsmanship, martial arts, national organizations, outdoor centers, outdoor sports, racquet sports, rugby, soccer, softball, volleyball, weightlifting.
Sports - Lima Foxtrot Programs for Injured Military
More than 34,000 U.S. military personnel have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. These men and women are in serious need of transition services, and there are far too few organizations prepared to help. Lakeshore Foundation has the experience and expertise to help our severely injured service members regain active and independent lives through recreation and sport.
As part of Lakeshore Foundation's Injured Military Initiative, we are pleased to offer Lima Foxtrot programs. Lima Foxtrot is a comprehensive program of fitness, recreation, sport and transition support for severely injured military personnel throughout the nation.
Sports - National Shooting Sports (M1 for Vets)
M1 for Vets is a non-profit organization dedicated to financial and logistical support of returning Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and the Global War on Terror (GWT) "Transitioning Combat Wounded Veterans" for the purpose of competing in national shooting sports.
The goal is to give transitioning combat wounded veterans an opportunity to get back on the rifle range to participate in shooting competition. “M1 for Vets” will make logistical arrangements and work with them to make the adjustments that are necessary to achieve a stable firing position. These are tough young men and women who quickly adapt and are able to overcome difficulties.
Sports - Salute Inc. (Therapeutic Military Adaptive Sports Camps/Activities)
Salute, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness and support of issues facing active military personnel, veterans and their families and to provide financial support through advocacy and fundraising.
This program includes paralympic sports camp, cycling, fishing/hunting, horseback riding, skiing, water sports, and wheelchair basketball.
Sports - Sports Club Finder
The Sports Club Finder connects you with community-based programs, including Paralympic Sports Clubs that have been developed to provide sports programming and physical activity opportunities for disabled Veterans along with youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of skill level. All programs and activities at these organizations are based in the community and are run by the local organization.
Sports - Sun Valley Adaptive Sports
SVAS means fun! We want people with disabilities to experience the thrills of alpine skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, water skiing, wakeboarding, whitewater rafting, kayaking, and rock climbing. We want people to enjoy the excitement of hiking, biking, running, horseback riding, martial arts, snowshoeing, and ice skating. And we want people to discover the serenity of fly-fishing, yoga, theater, bowling, swimming, and hot springs.
SVAS has something for everyone. We offer programs for children, teens, adults, as well as service members (active duty and veteran) who have been severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. We offer programs that cover a wide-range of physical and cognitive disabilities including people with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), visual impairment, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Our programs offer more than athletic skills and recreational experience. They build confidence and independence and they inspire people to pursue their personal goals and aspirations as it relates to work, school, family, health, and recreation. Our program also help build social skills that helps people of all ages improve their relationships with family, peers, and their community. All programs are free to qualifying participants.
Sports - The United States Association of Blind Athletes Military Sport Program
Our mission is to provide sport, recreation, and physical activity opportunities for all disabled veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces who are blind and visually impaired.
Sports - USOC Paralympic Military Program
The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Paralympic Military Program provides post-rehabilitation support and mentoring to American servicemen and women who've sustained physical injuries such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, visual impairment/blindness and stroke. Veterans are introduced to adaptive sport techniques and opportunities through clinics and camps and are also connected with ongoing Paralympic sports programs in their hometowns.
Through partnerships with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the USOC Paralympic Military Program has impacted the lives of thousands of injured military personnel.
Sports - Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project
The Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project is a partnership between Disabled Sports USA, its chapters and the Wounded Warrior Project, providing year round sports programs for severely wounded service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflict and the Global War on Terrorism.
Forty-one years of experience has shown early intervention with active sports results in successful rehabilitation, leading to employment. The “Wounded Warriors” and their family members are provided these opportunities free of charge, including transportation, lodging, adaptive equipment and individualized instruction in over a dozen different winter and summer sports.
Programs take place at sites throughout the United States of America offering Wounded Warriors the opportunity to integrate as participants and mentors in their home communities.
Surfing - AmpSurf
AmpSurf is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, made up of amputees, veterans, friends and families of the disabled and depend on donations for our operation. Our goal is to promote, inspire, educate, and rehabilitate people with disabilities, especially our veteran heroes through adaptive surfing and fun, safe, outdoor activities that all can participate in. One in five Americans struggle with a lifelong disability and nearly two million men and women have served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan and are coming home looking for ways to feel whole again and to fit back in to ””normal”” life. Whether they are an amputee, blind, suffer from PTSD, have quadriplegia, or suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Whether they served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf war, Iraq or Afghanistan. Whether they are a child of autism, or a young woman who has lost a limb to cancer, AmpSurf offers a unique program to bring the healing power of the ocean and adaptive surfing together for an experience that is both mentally and physically one of the rehabilitating.
For 9 years, AmpSurf has been providing our learn to surf clinics to serve those who need us. We have served hundreds of our disabled veterans American heroes as well as disabled adults and children who probably never would have had this experience if it hadn’t been for our program.
Surfing - Wounded Warrior Surf Program (Hawaii Military Surfing Organization)
An organization built for veterans by veterans; the Wounded Warrior Surf Program was created to make possible the mental freedom and physical release that Surfing provides available to those who deserve it the most. The mission of this component of the Hawaii Military Surfing Organization is to allow those willing, to experience the healing power of the ocean through surfing and being immersed in the water. The program caters to small group oriented surf sessions focusing their efforts on maximizing the fun and safety for each person. The Wounded Warrior Surf Program has established a relationship with the Warrior Transition Unit located on Schofield Barracks and at Tripler Army Medical Center allowing the Organization to go directly to the agencies that provide leadership and care for these fine Americans as they recover from their wounds. The Organization also supports wounded veterans from all conflicts The United States has taken part in. The Wounded Warrior Program, in line with the HMSO President’s philosophy on board design, believes that those who truly want to experience surfing should do so on the proper equipment. To this end the club will provide the equipment to accomplish the objective, which includes mostly single fin classic style long boards; which truth be told are more like works of art than pieces of sporting equipment. The Hawaii Military Surfing Organization is committed to the perpetuity of good mental and physical health to those who have served this nation.
Virtual intense, customized rehab - Rehabbing with the Troops
Welcome to the Wounded Warrior Arena, the virtual playing field of Rehabbing with the Troops and the place our wounded warriors train alongside the world's best athletes through intense customized rehabilitation workout sessions.
Rehabilitation - Association for Service Disabled Vets
Rehabilitation programs serving military veterans who sacrificed their well-being for the freedom of the world.
Rehabilitation - Exit Wounds (A project of the American Pain Foundation)
Our mission is to improve the quality of life of people with pain by raising public awareness, providing practical information, promoting research, and advocating to remove barriers and increase access to effective pain management. Exit Wounds is a project of the American Pain Foundation. It is a survival guide to pain management for returning veterans and their families.
Rehabilitation - Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans (Achilles International)
Our Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans program brings training, access to specialized equipment, and marathon opportunities to disabled U.S. military veterans.
Although all of our programs focus on athletics, the truth is, sports are simply the tool for accomplishing our main objective: to bring hope, inspiration and the joys of achievement to all people with disabilities.
Rehabilitation - Project Victory (TIRR Foundation)
TIRR Foundation and the TIRR Memorial Hermann have joined together to provide rehabilitative care for military service members injured in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The program, Project Victory, seeks to enable soldiers with a traumatic brain injury regain skills and functions that were lost through their injury.
Project Victory is looking to serve veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom who are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Trouble with memory, attention or concentration
- Difficulty organizing tasks
- Blurred vision or eyes tire easily
- Easily angered or irritated
- Difficulty inhibiting behavior- impulsive
- More sensitive to sounds, lights or distractions
- Impaired decision-making or problem-solving
- Feeling tired all the time
- Headaches or ringing in the ears
- Slowed thinking, moving, speaking or reading
Project Victory works with military personnel and veterans of recent military service, who served in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom and who have screened positively for post concussive symptoms or been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury while in combat or stateside. Services within Project Victory are provided at no cost to the client and without regard to age, ethnicity or gender.
Rehabilitation - Road 2 Recovery
Our mission is to help make a difference in the lives of Wounded Warriors by assisting with their mental and physical rehabilitation programs.
Rehabilitation - Road 2 Recovery
The SHARE Initiative at Shepherd Center provides rehabilitation and community-based care to U.S. military service members who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The program utilizes Shepherd’s full rehabilitation continuum of evaluation and treatment services for those who have sustained brain injury, spinal cord injury or blast injury.
SHARE provides assistance, support, and education to service members and their families during their recovery treatment and beyond. In addition, the program compiles data that is beneficial to policy and legislative change to provide for unfunded services.
Rehabilitation - Therapy Trainer (Interactive physical therapy equipment for Wounded Warriors)
Our company believes, we must do everything in our power to help the injured Veteran. We know the bikes cannot change the circumstances these Veteran’s find themselves in, but we have a mission to help in anyway we can. Our research and development team is working daily to develop new products to accommodate the changing needs of the Wounded Hero’s. We welcome calls and e-mails from anyone who has a need or a specific request for a modification that would better suit a particular need.
The TherapyTrainer will not only be a significant tool in their physical recovery, it also has the ability to keep the lines of communication open between the doctors, physical therapists, and patients. So many of our returning soldiers are located hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles away from the hospital at which they received their treatment. Returning to the doctor/physical therapist when a problem arises is difficult. With the logging software, the doctor/physical therapist has the capability to view details of their home physical therapy routine and make suggested changes. When a trip back to the hospital is necessary, the detail the medical staff is able to see by viewing the logs of at home physical therapy can make the visit more productive, achieving better results in less time.
Many military men and women are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with injuries that require extended hospitalization. The struggles they endure to leave the hospital and return to their family, have been well documented. During physical therapy in the hospital settings, the patients are able to encourage and motivate each other. The bonds they create are irreplaceable! Once they reach their physical goals, they go home to their families and they no longer have physical contact with the ones who were invaluable to their recovery. Many of these veterans suffer depression and setbacks that require them to return to the hospital.
The lines of communication do not end with the medical professionals. Helping these Veterans get access to the TherapyTrainer’s, would enable them to maintain the relationships developed in therapy. They can meet online everyday and workout together just as they did in the hospital. This feature allows them to keep the healing bonds intact that helped them become mentally and physically stable enough to leave the hospital.
This machine is for all who suffer from physical injures, but can help the family at home to heal as well. Our TherapyCycle PC will allow them to get on-line and cycle and interact with the patient. They can walk and talk together in reality worlds or just play games together. In this way they are both staying active and staying, giving loved ones a way to actively participate in their recovery. Call for a military discount.
Rehabilitation - True to the Red White and Blue
The mission of our non-profit organization is to help Veterans get much needed rehabilation after returning home, and to support, thank and help re-educate them. We open our arms and help in all communities - anywhere a Veteran is in need. We help our Veterans to be recognized and work toward helping them improve their way of life.