National Veterans Wheelchair Games

National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Event Information

Dates: June 25 – June 30, 2012

Host Medical Center: Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center – Richmond, Virginia

2012 NVWG Kids Day

Each year, our Veteran athletes take the opportunity to mentor disabled children from the local community and to show them that “disability” does not need to equal “disadvantage”.  Learn more.

Community Information


Governing Bodies, Associations, and Clubs

If you are interested in learning more about the events that make up the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, these are the organizations that guide the competition and can provide the information to help prepare you to excel at the Games.

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Program Overview

VA National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events Office Mission Statement

The mission of the VA National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events Office is to motivate, encourage and sustain participation and competition in adaptive sports among disabled Veterans and members of the Armed Forces through partnerships with VA clinical personnel as well as national and community-based adaptive sports programs. The Office achieves this mission by providing information and resources to disabled Veterans, their support networks and those in the adaptive sports community.

Overview

The Program Office was established under Section 703 of PL 110-389 (Title VII-Assistance to United States Paralympic Integrated Adaptive Sports Program) as the Office of National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events. The Program Office works with VA staff, U.S. Paralympics and community-based adaptive sports programs across the country to encourage disabled Veterans to redefine themselves by participating and /or competing in adaptive sports.

The Program Office also provides a monthly assistance allowance to Veterans training in their respective sports as authorized by the Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2008. Through the program, VA will pay a monthly allowance to a Veteran with a service-related or non-service-related disability if he or she meets the qualifying military standard for a particular sport.

In addition, the Program Office provides grants to U.S. Paralympics member organizations, Paralympic Sports Clubs and Veteran and military organizations nationwide to enhance and expand local community-based adaptive sports programs.

To learn more, contact us at [email protected].

Disabled Veterans

Get Healthy, Stay Fit and Have Fun:
The Benefits of Adaptive Sports

We want you to know that no matter your disability, age or skill level, an adaptive sports opportunity exists for you. But, besides the fun, new friendships and exercise, why should you consider adaptive sports? Studies show that adaptive sports provide the following clear benefits for disabled Veterans:

  • less stress
  • reduced dependency on pain and depression medication
  • fewer secondary medical conditions (i.e., diabetes, hypertension)
  • higher achievement in education and employment
  • more independence

Participating in adaptive sports allows you to redefine yourself and live an active, healthy and fun lifestyle.

Contact us for more information

The VA National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events Office is led by Mr. Christopher J. Nowak. For questions, comments or more information, please contact:

Mr. Christopher J. Nowak,
National Director

VA National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events Office
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 915B
Washington, DC 20420

[email protected]

Chase Bank – Community Giving

 

Twelve days left. Nominate now!

(chase bank/credit card customers only)

$5 Million will be shared by local charities–nominate your favorites today!

Here is a great chance to nominate any one of the charities that firebase116.org supports.  Charities like:

  • Veteran Homestead, in Fitchburg. http://www.veteranhomestead.org/
  • New England Center for Homeless Veterans, in Boston. http://nechv.org/
  • Veteran Tickets Foundation –  http://www.vettix.org/

These are three wonderful organizations that support our Sister and Brother Veterans that I am only suggesting.  There are other great charities that you can nominate feel free to nominate the charities that you would like to see share $5,000,000.  Nominate as many charities as you would like!

You Decide What Matters

The Power of Giving is in Your Hands!

We want to donate $5 million to local charities across the country—but we need your help! Here’s how it will work:

Nominations: June 12, 2012 – July 9, 2012*

First we need to find out which charities mean the most to you. That’s where you’ve got an amazing opportunity to make your voice heard. Starting June 12, 2012, we need you, our customers and employees, to tell us which local charities you want to have a chance to share in the grants. Find out more about nominating a charity.

Voting: September 6 – 19, 2012*

Then, we’ll move to a voting phase. Chase customers will get to vote for their favorite charities in 2 places. First vote here, and then again on Facebook. That means you’ll have an even bigger voice in helping to decide where the grants go. The charities with the most votes will share in $5 million in grants from Chase!

Nominate your favorite charities now.

To keep up-to-date with the program, don’t forget to visit us on Facebook.

*Nominations will end on July 9, 2012 at 11:59:59 PM, ET. Voting will end September 19, 2012 at 11:59:59 PM, ET.

There are a few organizations that we support here on firebase116.org.  You can nominate any one or more that you like. ie. Veteran Homestead, VetTix, NE Center for Homeless Vets, VOTE AND VOTE OFTEN!

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

The President issues a proclamation commemorating the observances and reminding the nation of those Americans who have sacrificed so much for their country.

Observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day are held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans’ facilities. It is traditionally observed on the third Friday in September each year. This observance is one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag. The others are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.

The flag is to be flown at major military installations, national cemeteries, all post offices, VA medical facilities, the World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the official offices of the secretaries of state, defense and veterans affairs, the director of the selective service system and the White House.

A Pentagon ceremony for National POW/MIA Recognition Day was held on Friday, Sept.16, 2011. This ceremony featured troops from each of the military services.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day  –  9.12.2012

POW/MIA Posters for Prior Years:

NOTE: Right click any graphic and choose “Save File” to download the poster. Left click to go to the Prior Year Webpage.

Recognition Day Supporting Information

firebase116.org WELCOMES HOME SPC Dillon Ramos!

WELCOME HOME DILLON!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND A JOB WELL DONE!

SPC Dillon Ramos Bio:

Dillon finished BCT/OSUT Combat Engineering in August 2009.

  • Dillon earned a sharp shooter qualification.
  • During basic training Dillon volunteered for airborne school.  Dillon completed training and graduated with basic airborne wings, and became a US Army paratrooper in September 2009.
  • Dillon was assigned to 4/25th Airborne Brigade Combat Team at Fort Richardson, Alaska, where he’s currently stationed as part of the 425 BSTB Alpha Company.
  • In November 2009 Dillon was married to Jessica Dilworth.
  • Dillon went to Armory school in January 2010 and became an armorer as his secondary duty.
  • Dillon was responsible for maintaining several million dollars of arms and equipment.
  • In March of 2011 Dillon participated in a joint military exercise with the Canadian forces and earned his Canadian airborne wings.
  • In April of 2011 Dillon was selected to attend Air Assault School in Schofield Barrack’s in Hawaii, completed the course and earned his air assault wings.
  • In August of 2011 Dillon went to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and to Fort Polk, Louisiana for training to prepare for the deployment to Afghanistan.
  • December 2011 Dillon deployed to Afghanistan to Forward Operating Base Salerno.
  • Dillon’s company was tasked with the mission of route recon and route clearance where they conducted counter IED operations.
  • Dillon earned his combat action badge while he was in Afghanistan and also earned his ARCOM for exemplary military service.

When Dillon returns home, he is planning to continue his military service by joining the Massachusetts National Guards.

Dillon’s Flight  Arrives in Boston, Logan Airport at 10:45 AM (as with any flight we always need to be prepared for delays or changes)

A Hero’s Welcome Hotline for last minute updates and changes is 484-679-1717, this would be good to share with everyone who may be participating in welcoming home SPC Ramos.

I’ll keep everyone updated as I get Dillon’s info. -J. Barry

FOUR VVA SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED

FOUR  VVA SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED

Please join with the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) for the presentation of the 2012 Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarships. The ceremony will be held at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 10, at the new location of the Vietnam Memorial at Carter Park in Leominster. Mrs. Helen Hill, Gold Star Mother, will present scholarships to the sons and daughters of Vietnam veteran and one student from Leominster High School. All are attending college. Following the short program, there will be refreshments at the Leominster Veteran Center, 100 West Street.

 

Dan Joseph, Scholarship Committee chairman and Treasurer of the Vietnam Veterans of America, said the Vietnam Veterans of America, has, for 29 years, presented more that $115,000 for higher education to sons and daughters of VVA members. This successful annual project is the longest running project for VVA 116.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarship is awarded annually to recognize, encourage, and contribute to the higher education of qualified VVA 116 members children. The Scholarship is presented to honor members of VVA who have devoted their energies in effecting positive change on behalf of all Americans. As a tribute to their continued service and to those who have lost their lives, this Scholarship program is in keeping with the spirit of VVA’s motto: IN SERVICE TO AMERICA.
 
VVA’s ambitious agenda has always aimed to find creative, pragmatic solutions to the programmatic concerns of Vietnam-era veterans, their families, and the community.
 
Take this opportunity to make a donation to the VVA 116 Scholarship program. 100% of your contribution will go directly to the Scholarship project that assists veterans’ children. The young scholars need your support. Send your tax deductible donation to: VVA Scholarships, P.O. Box 294, Leominster, MA 01453.