There are approximately 1,713 Disabled Veterans in New Mexico with approximately 2,993 Gold Star surviving families’ members in New Mexico (per DOD Office of the Actuary, May 2012).
Not Forgotten Outreach supports the VA’s “Mission ReDefined”
Your courage, your determination and your drive all led you to serve America proudly. Those same characteristics will also lead to satisfaction and success in adaptive sports. Disabled Veterans of all ages and abilities report better health, new friendships and a better quality of life when participating in adaptive sports. Disabled Veterans who are physically active simply have more fun!
We want you to know that no matter your disability, age or skill level, an adaptive sports opportunity exists for you. But, besides the fun, new friendships and exercise, why should you consider adaptive sports? Studies show that adaptive sports provide the following clear benefits for disabled Veterans:
- less stress
- reduced dependency on pain and depression medication
- fewer secondary medical conditions (i.e., diabetes, hypertension)
- higher achievement in education and employment
- more independence
Participating in adaptive sports allows you to redefine yourself and live an active, healthy and fun lifestyle. Check out VA’s Adaptive Sports (hyperlink: http://www.va.gov/adaptivesports/) web page, click on the special event tab, to reveal each of VA events.