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VA SORCC Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
Since the birth of the United States, no single generation of Americans has been spared the responsibility of defending freedom by force of arms. More than 44 million American men and women have sacrificed and served in time of war—their collective service and individual sacrifices have safeguarded the cherished concepts embodied in our Constitution.
On Tuesday March 29, 2016 VA facilities across the country will recognize our nation’s Vietnam Era Veterans. This is a long-overdue opportunity for all Americans to recognize, honor, and thank our Vietnam Era Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices.
Whether deployed in harm’s way, watching over your comrades as they watched over you, or training and serving at “home station” during one of America’s longest wars…you sacrificed. Our country, our families and our children owe you a debt of gratitude.
This commemoration recognizes all men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the U.S. involvement in Vietnam—November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975. Nine million Americans, approximately 7.2 million living today, served during that period. This commemoration makes no distinction between Veterans who served in-country, in-theater or were stationed elsewhere during those 20 years. All answered the call of duty.
As a fellow Vietnam Combat Veteran, I deeply regret that I am unable to attend the Commemoration due to a previous conflicting engagement.
To all those who have served our great country and especially to those Vietnam era Veterans who will be honored on March 29, 2016… “Thank you for your service”.
Philip G. Dionne, Director VA SORCC
VA SORCC Adaptive Sports Program
VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics employees teamed up with Adaptive Sports experts from Disabled Sports USA and Paradox Sports to put on a two-part Adaptive Rock Climbing clinic, February 3-4. Day one consisted of hands on training for the VA employees, mostly physical and recreational therapists, along with other Adaptive Sports enthusiasts from near and far—Portland, Lake Tahoe, D.C., Baltimore, Seattle—focusing on foundational skills and knowledge specific to rock climbing for individuals with physical disabilities, ranging from amputation to visual impairments, and from Traumatic Brain Injuries to deafness spectrum disorders, as well as others. Day two was all about applying the information gleaned from day one, and getting local Veterans on the rock wall, participating in an activity many of them never dreamed possible until now.
The impetus for this training was multifaceted, but really boiled down to one main factor: disabled Veterans who participate in adaptive sports do better in all aspects of life than their otherwise sedentary counterparts. Disabled Veterans of all ages and abilities report better health, new friendships and a better quality of life when participating in adaptive activities, such as Adaptive Rock Climbing. Moreover, studies have shown that significant improvements in psychological health, overall quality of life, mood states including tension, depression, anger, and vigor, and sports related competence. These factors highlight the potential impact that therapeutic adaptive sports and recreation programs potentially have for disabled combat Veterans in areas of quality of life, reduction of mood disturbances, and sports related competence www.va.gov/adaptivesports/.
If interested in learning more about Adaptive Sports at VA SORCC, please contact: Dr. Jeremiah Moore, PT, DPT, Chief of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services at firstname.lastname@example.org, Dr. Matt Becker, PT, DPT at email@example.com, or Wes Magness, Chief of Recreational Therapy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Dr. Jeremiah Moore, Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service and Rhonda Haney, Public Affairs
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