The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces it has awarded a total of $8 million in grants to 89 organizations with adaptive sports programs for disabled Veterans and Service members in the Armed Forces.

The grant recipients include national organizations, which prepare high-level athletes for Paralympic competition; Veterans service organizations; city and regional partners; and various community groups that offer a wide range of adaptive sports opportunities for Veterans and Service members, according to a media release from the VA.

All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam are represented among the grant recipient list. Approximately 10,000 Veterans and Service members are expected to benefit from the grants.

The grants will be used for planning, developing, managing, and implementing the various adaptive sports programs that are offered, the release continues.

“Adaptive sports help Veterans heal both physically and emotionally,” says VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald, in the release. “We are proud to partner with organizations nationwide to provide these rehabilitative opportunities for America’s Veterans.”

For more information about the grant program, visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

[Source: US Department of Veterans Affairs]