U.S. Paralympics Military Program
August 17, 2009
By j manigross
The purpose of the U.S. Olympic Paralympics Military Program is to enhance the rehabilitation, readiness, and quality of life of severely injured Service Members and Veterans. The U.S. Paralympics has provided training to develop adaptive sports and fitness programs at Fort Lewis, Fort Carson, Fort Campbell, Fort Bragg, Fort Stewart, Brooke Army Medical Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Naval Medical Center San Diego, and National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. The program uses a "trainer-of-trainers" model to cost effectively educate and train national and local leaders to implement programs and communicate opportunities to injured Military personnel. Another key component of the program is the use of Paralympics mentors in all aspects of program development and implementation. U.S. Paralympics staff also helps connect injured Military personnel to sports and fitness programming in their local communities.