U.S. Paralympics

 U.S. Paralympics

The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Paralympic Military & Veteran Programs provide 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 sport programs in their hometowns.

Sports participation rates at Warrior Transition Units, Wounded Warrior Battalions/Detachments and other Wounded Warrior programs throughout the U.S. have increased from 31% to 54% over the past two years.

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 and veterans.

Service members and veterans looking to get active in sports in their communities can visit FindaClub.USParalympics.org to locate a program in their area. For those already identified, fill out the Paralympic Identified Athlete Questionnaire.

“This experience has opened my eyes and hopefully doors to a more positive future.”
– Sgt. Andre Sinclair, U.S. Marine Corps

The program isn’t just about sports; it’s also about attitude, camaraderie and promoting healthy, active lifestyles. A huge role in that process is played by mentors, made up of Paralympic athletes – athletes who’ve gone through similar experiences by overcoming their own physical disabilities to achieve excellence.

Real Athletes Persevere
2008 U.S. Paralympian and U.S. Army veteran Melissa Stockwell was featured in the USOC’s education campaign called Real Athletes Persevere.

Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding in support of the USOC Paralympic Military Program.

The USOC Paralympic Military Program is sponsored in part by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Director, Office of Administration and Management.  The content of these pages does not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Government and no official endorsement should be inferred.

Veteran Unemployment UP – GO GET’EM OBAMA

This just in from the VA.  But first a note from me to you; Like most stats, these are full of poop. It states that the ‘Veteran unemployment increased slightly to 6.5%, what it FAILS TO SHOW is that the stat ONLY shows Veterans who are ON unemployment. Someone like me, because we don’t get a red cent for unemployment are NOT part of the statistics. So, the stats are off, making YOUR Commander in Chief look RFG. (REALLY GOOD). And if you’re NOT a Veteran…same rules apply.  7.2% coming down from 7.3% is an extra large bowl off .gov poop spreading.  The national average is more like 10% or better. The 55+ age group is doing just freaking fine though according to YOUR Commander in Chief and the VA…down 1.1%, think that statistic takes into consideration HOW FAST THE 55+ AGE GROUP IS DIEING OFF? (i am saluting here…with one finger).  carry on.

Fellow Colleagues and Veterans, 

Typically we send out the latest BLS statistics the first Friday of the month … however many of us at VA and Department of Labor were involved in the government shutdown. As a result, BLS didn’t release the September 2013 and 3rd Quarter data until on their regular schedule. As you can see from the table below, for the month of September the National unemployment rate decreased slightly to 7.2%, while Veteran unemployment increased slightly to 6.5%. We’ve attached our monthly and quarterly ‘cheat sheets’ for your convenience and use.

Cohort (% of total)

Rate

Change

National

7.3%

-0.1%

     >27 Weeks

 

 

All Veterans (100%)

6.2%

-0.2%

     Male

6.0%

-0.4%

     Female

7.7%

1.1%

Post-9/11 Veterans (34%)

10.0%

2.3%

     Male

9.9%

2.2%

     Female

10.3%

2.6%

18-24 Veterans* (4%)

18.4%

1.0%

     Male

22.4%

2.0%

     Female**

9.8%

1.5%

25-34 Veterans (22%)

10.7%

3.9%

     Male

10.2%

3.6%

     Female

12.4%

4.6%

35-44 Veterans (18%)

6.1%

-0.3%

     Male

5.6%

-0.5%

     Female

8.9%

1.1%

45-54 Veterans (20%)

4.7%

-1.0%

     Male

4.3%

-1.1%

     Female

7.1%

-0.4%

55+ Veterans (36%)

5.4%

-1.0%

     Male

5.6%

-1.1%

     Female

2.9%

-0.1%

The quarterly BLS data was also released today, and because the BLS data is not seasonally adjusted, it is often best to compare data to prior years during the same time period, so below you will find a comparison of the 3rd quarter data going back each year to 2010.

Quarter

All Veterans

3Q-2010

8.4%

3Q-2011

8.1%

3Q-2012

6.7%

3Q-2013

6.4%

 V/R
Curtis L. Coy
Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity
Veterans Benefits Administrationvapuke

 Note:  We apologize in advance if we are unable to respond directly to your questions.

 

Note from me: Exactly when has the VA ever responded to a question?  And if so, think they told the truth?

excuse me…i’m getting sick… 

 

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I WILL NOT RUN

I Will Not Run

by L. Reece

My heart has been broken in a million pieces,
But I will not run….

My riches have been ripped away from me,
But I will not run….

Pain, exhaustion and weakness attack my body,
But I will not run….

My loved ones betrayed me,
But I will not run…

My own mind plays tricks on me,
But I will not run….

My family was taken from me,
But I will not run….

I’ve been beaten, bashed, assailed, afflicted and humiliated,
But I will not run….

I am stalked by one who wants to murder me,
But I will not run…
away.

I hunt the wolf.

ilo

THE SHEEPDOGS

sheepdog11THE SHEEPDOGS

by: Russ Vaughn
2d Bn, 327th Parachute Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division
Vietnam 65-66

Most humans truly are like sheep
Wanting nothing more than peace to keep
To graze, grow fat and raise their young,
Sweet taste of clover on the tongue.
Their lives serene upon Life’s farm,
They sense no threat nor fear no harm.
On verdant meadows, they forage free
With naught to fear, with naught to flee.
They pay their sheepdogs little heed
For there is no threat; there is no need.

To the flock, sheepdog’s are mysteries,
Roaming watchful round the peripheries.
These fang-toothed creatures bark, they roar
With the fetid reek of the carnivore,
Too like the wolf of legends told,
To be amongst our docile fold.
Who needs sheepdogs? What good are they?
They have no use, not in this day.
Lock them away, out of our sight
We have no need of their fierce might.

But sudden in their midst a beast
Has come to kill, has come to feast
The wolves attack; they give no warning
Upon that calm September morning
They slash and kill with frenzied glee
Their passive helpless enemy
Who had no clue the wolves were there
Far roaming from their Eastern lair.
Then from the carnage, from the rout,
Comes the cry, “Turn the sheepdogs out!”

Thus is our nature but too our plight
To keep our dogs on leashes tight
And live a life of illusive bliss
Hearing not the beast, his growl, his hiss.
Until he has us by the throat,
We pay no heed; we take no note.
Not until he strikes us at our core
Will we unleash the Dogs of War
Only having felt the wolf pack’s wrath
Do we loose the sheepdogs on its path.

And the wolves will learn what we’ve shown before;
We love our sheep, we Dogs of War.