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Congressman Joe Neguse on Monday announced that the Vail Veterans Foundation will receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to fund adaptive sports programs which aim to improve the independence and quality of life for disabled veterans.
Out of 126 grant recipients and $14.8 million awarded to organizations across the country, Vail Veterans Foundation is one of 14 organizations to win funding in Colorado. The grants are part of the Adaptive Sports Grant Program.
“Vail Veterans Foundation should be extremely proud of the work that they have demonstrated to earn this grant funding,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “I am extremely excited to see how this funding will help improve the quality of life for members of the Vail community who made such noble sacrifices for our families and neighbors.”
The VA Department awarded 126 grants to national, regional and community programs, which will reach about 11,000 Veterans and service members from every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
Grant recipients may use the funds for planning, developing, managing and implementing adaptive sports programs. In addition to equine therapy, the grants will support well-known adaptive sports such as cycling, kayaking and archery to less traditional sports like hiking, hunting and paragliding.
In August, Congressman Joe Neguse hosted a veterans town hall to help connect local veterans to services through the VA and other federal agencies. He has supported legislation that will benefit veterans, including the VA Emergency Transportation Act, the Improve Well-Being for Veterans Act, and the Brian Tally VA Employment Transparency Act.