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مُساهمةموضوع: The Onward Soldiers March    السبت 07 أبريل 2012, 22:59

The Onward Soldiers March

My recent blog post Healing Injuries Through Sports, focused on the role that service men and women were making in the world of disabled sports and how with the use of adaptations are able to participate in activities, that some may have felt no longer able to do.

Service members who participate in adaptive sports, especially through training camps, gain a new sense of self-purpose, where through intensive training; instructors have witnessed a “massive transformation” in the outlook of participants.

Many recovering service members, who participate in adaptive sports and athletic reconditioning, also enjoy mental and emotional benefits from increased physical activity. The Marine Corps also pairs new athletes with mentors, usually older veterans, who have already triumphed over similar experiences.

Adaptive sports for injured military personnel, particularly through training offered by each of the Military Services, also prepares athletes for competitive events such as the Warrior Games, which will begin at the end of the month and will run through to May 5th , in Colorado Springs, USA.

According to Tom Hopkins, project manager for the Marine Corps’ Warrior Athlete Reconditioning Program, adaptive sports opportunities continue even when wounded warriors transition to veteran status. The Veterans Administration’s Adaptive Sports Program works with VA staff, the U.S. Paralympics and other community-based adaptive sports organisations, to encourage disabled veterans to redefine themselves by participating or competing.

Some veterans, who are training in their respective sports, are provided a monthly allowance by the VA. In addition, the VA also provides grants to U.S. Paralympics member organisations, Paralympic Sports Clubs, along with other veteran and military groups.

The goal of any adaptive sports program is to show athletes that they are capable of more than they think. There is no limit to the adaptations that can be made to sporting equipment, including bicycles, rifles and archery bows.

As Tom Hopkins also pointed out, “If the desire is there, there is always an engineer or someone who can transform the apparatus to meet the requirements needed.” Some adaptations now include a shooting system for visually impaired athletes that beep when the shooter is within target range, as well as bikes that can be fitted for single amputees, double amputees, triple amputees and quadriplegics.

By Hussein Al-alak and for further reading includes Wounded warriors are right on target and you can also follow the Warrior Games on Facebook

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Labels: Department of Veterans Affairs, Disability, Hussein Al-alak, Iraqi Solidarity News, News, Sports, The BBC, The Iraq Solidarity Campaign, The USA, Warrior Games, Wounded Warriors

Sgt. dies before new home finished

An injured soldier who struggled daily to overcome the physical challenges left by an explosion in Iraq died early Sunday morning in his sleep, just two weeks before a home being built for him and his family was due to be finished.Sgt. Kevin White, 29, leaves behind his wife, Juliane, and a 15-month-old son, Liam, who now will move into their new home without him.
White, a paratrooper in Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, was the most severely injured of the soldiers involved in an April 2007 ambush of their convoy in Iraq.He was in his second tour when a piece of a rocket warhead went through his shoulder and into his lung. He also sustained a brain injury.
He was released from duty with a medical retirement, and the extent of his injuries made it impossible to work. With medical bills mounting and his wife pregnant at the time, White’s in-laws, Ann and O.T. Green, decided to build them a house next door to their home near Lakeside.
The Greens took out a second mortgage on their own home, emptied Ann’s retirement account and started building in 2010.“We’re about two weeks away from being finished,” O.T. Green said.The White family has been living with Greens while the home was being built.
It will be a couple of weeks before the results of an autopsy are known to determine a cause of death, Green said.The family is thankful to have some happy memories from the day before White’s death. They all had gone to a gun show at the fairgrounds in Kalispell, where White had purchased a pocket watch.
“He was happy and upbeat,” Green said. “He signed up to go turkey hunting with a group of other veterans.”As they left the gun show, White announced in the parking lot: “We need a group hug.”So the entire family gathered together for what would be their final embrace.“It’s a wonderful memory to have,” Green said.
Saturday evening, Green and his son-in-law took a walk-through of the new home, determining where wiring for the TV and other electronics would go.“He went to bed about 12:30 or 1:00,” Green said. “Juliane came down about 11 the next morning and said she couldn’t wake him.”Family members tried to revive him, but he had already died.
“He had so much going for him,” Green said. “He was so upbeat. I’ve always told my family, ‘Life is like playing a card game. You never know what card is coming out of the deck, but you have to deal with it.’“Capt. Steven Wilson, the commander on the ground the day White and other soldiers were injured, called White an outstanding paratrooper and a team player with impressive leadership skills.
“He took initiative and had the kind of personality that you could trust him to execute the mission,” Wilson said in a phone interview from Fort Bragg, where he now works with the Warrior Transition Battalion. “He was a ‘glass half full’ kind of guy, a good guy all around, very intelligent.”
Wilson said on the day of the attack, White and others in his convoy were making condolence payments to Iraqi citizens whose property had been damaged. They had stopped at an Iraqi police station when they were ambushed.In a January interview with the Daily Inter Lake, White detailed his injuries, explaining how a hematoma in his head had calcified and turned to bone, “so I have a random bone in my brain that’s pressing on my optic nerve.”
White also told how he struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder.Despite the severity of his injuries, the federal government declared him as having a low-ranking disability — so low that he didn’t receive enough in disability payments to live on.White’s wife has a heart condition that limits her ability to work. Green said Juliane was scheduled to have a procedure done in Spokane, Wash., this week that now will be postponed so she could say her final goodbye to her husband at a celebration of life service planned Friday.
Green said his son-in-law was one of the military’s “walking wounded.”“To look at him, he looks fine, but there’s a lot that’s not showing,” he said in January.The Greens rallied community support for the home-building project and raised between $2,000 and $3,000.“My wife wrote a thank-you note to every person who contributed,” Green said. “Even Sarah Palin sent us $5.”Glacier Bank has been wonderful to work with, he noted. But the reality is the Greens are “up to our necks” in mortgage payments.
A housing fund set up earlier will remain in place. Donations can be made to: Kevin Housing Fund, in care of Flathead Bank of Lakeside, P.O. Box 769, Lakeside, MT 59922.
“We’ll take care of his family,” Green said. “That’s all we can do now.”

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Young vets’ joblessness

The Labor Department reported Friday that the unemployment rate for Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans was 10.3 percent in March. That was slightly better than in March 2011 but higher than the current overall 8.2 percent national jobless rate.
For veterans of all generations, the March unemployment rate was 7.5 percent, according to the monthly employment situation report prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Men separated from the service since September 2001 had a slightly lower jobless rate than female veterans of the same generation.

The March report appears to show that an unexplained drop in young veterans’ jobless rate in the Labor Department’s February report was a statistical fluke.The February data showed that the young veterans’ unemployment rate, which averaged 12.1 percent for 2011, had suddenly dropped to 7.6 percent — a decline far out of line with what veterans’ service organizations were reporting.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America said in a survey of its membership released in March that 16.7 percent of its members were unemployed. Among the unemployed, 24 percent said they could not find a job that matched their skills or experience, and 11 percent said they could not find a job that matched their level of education.
Among those who are working, 33 percent said they were actively seeking other employment.
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