The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces the awarding of approximately $7.8 million in grants to fund adaptive sports programs across the United States for disabled Veterans and Servicemembers of the Armed Forces.

These funds will be distributed to 90 national, regional, and community programs serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and may be used for planning, developing, managing, and implementing adaptive sports programs, according to a media release from the VA.

Examples of grant recipients, as part of the VA Adaptive Sports Program, are national governing bodies, which prepare high-level athletes for Paralympic competition; Veterans service organizations; city and regional municipalities; and other community groups.

“We are honored to partner with so many organizations across the country to provide adaptive sports programs where our Veterans live,” says Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald, in the release. “Adaptive sports gives freedom to those who have fought for our freedom, and empowers Veterans to believe in themselves and to let go of what others may see as limitations.”

[Source: US Department of Veterans Affairs]