Adaptive Sports & Recreation
We provide life-changing opportunities to Veterans with disabilities through our internal programs and a series of service partnerships. VAU presents our Veterans with athletic and recreational challenges to empower them to achieve athletic goals beyond their disabilities. Due to COVID we are now accepting applications for financial support to help veterans with sporting equipment (archery bows, air rifles, etc.) and helping towards physical rehab costs as well as gym memberships.
Veterans can participate in: Adaptive Skiing, Exercise Programs/Massage Therapy, Kayaking, Horseback Riding, Weapons Marksmanship, Athletic Camps/Retreats, Golfing, Scuba Diving, Surfing & Body Boarding, Hunting, Skydiving, Fishing, and Rock Climbing.
VAU sponsors disabled Veterans to compete in sporting events such as the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic, the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, Warrior Games and trials and the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Funding support for travel and lodging can be the decisive point in encouraging a disabled Veteran to participate in a new athletic experience that puts him or her on a path to better recovery.
Are you a disabled Veteran interested in participating in a sporting event? Please complete a Sports/Recreation application.
VAU Recreation Programs
SKYDIVING: We hold tandem skydive opportunities in Spring, Fall and throughout the year. Must be under 250 lbs. If interested fill out Sports/Recreation application.
WEAPONS RANGE: We offer various range and hunting opportunities twice a year and at our Fall/Spring retreats. If interested fill out Sports/Recreation application.
FISHING: Guaranteed citation cat fishing out of Charles City Virginia and other opportunities on the James River. Available twice a year at our Fall/Spring retreat.
VAU offers adaptive sporting equipment at our retreats that can be used on site or loaned to Veterans:
Freedom 6x6 outdoor chair
Power Beach chair
All terrain TrackFab chair
Action track chair stander
Adapted hunting/fishing gear
VAU supported Green Beret Josh L. coping with combat TBI/PTSD who won the team shoot at the ASA 3D archery tournament in Fort Benning. See in his own words how this support continues to have a major impact on his life...
"On my fifth deployment I got the business end of an IED or roadside bomb. At the time I was unaware of how profoundly I would be affected by what had happened. I suffered a brain injury, an invisible injury. Being in a blast that size is pretty crazy, and a bit scary. I have found myself in and out of doctors appointments, literally hundreds of doctors appointments and a very very changed man. Archery has been so many things for me. But more than anything it has been a metric for my recovery. The most amazing thing it has done for me is show my kids that just because I am hurt... I am not worthless. I have a reason to get out of bed and something to do while I slowly, get better. I am deeply thankful for VAU supporting my passion and recovery through this program"