Vet­er­ans play at clinic as part of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion

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Kayak­ing, sail­ing and surf­ing were three of the ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able to the more than 100 in­jured vet­er­ans who par­tic­i­pated in last week’s National Vet­er­ans Sum­mer Sports Clinic in San Diego, spon­sored by the Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Depart­ment.

The five-day event of­fered vet­er­ans with men­tal and phys­i­cal in­juries ac­quired in the past six years ex­po­sure to types of phys­i­cal ex­er­cise and re­cre­ation that would be dif­fi­cult to get other­wise.

Par­tic­i­pants, in­clud­ing some re­cov­er­ing from am­pu­ta­tions, trau- matic brain in­juries and psy­cho­log­i­cal trauma, took full ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity to ex­er­cise and so­cial­ize. Vet­er­ans miss­ing arms or legs were among those who braved the surf, while wheel­chair-us­ing vets could be seen pi­lot­ing sail­boats or rac­ing on the track. Par­ties were sched­uled for at least two nights, in­clud­ing an awards din­ner on the fi­nal day.

“The clinic helps wounded vet­er­ans re­turn to ac­tive life­style through phys­i­cal and men­tal re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion,” Dr. Robert Petzel, the VA’s un­der­sec­re­tary for health, said in a news re­lease.

Army vet­eran David Pyper of Salt Lake City tried his surf­ing skills dur­ing the five-day sports clinic in San Diego.

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