Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs Recognize Veterans Canteen Service as a National Host Sponsor of 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    
June 17, 2015
Contact: Lani Poblete
202-416-7667

Washington, DC—Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs are proud to recognize Veterans Canteen Service as one of the National Host Sponsors of the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. More than 600 veterans are expected to compete in this year’s Games, scheduled for June 21-26 in Dallas, Texas.

“We thank Veterans Canteen Service for supporting our nation’s disabled veterans each year at this important rehabilitative event,” said Al Kovach, Jr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “It’s because of the generous support we receive from sponsors like Veterans Canteen Service that we are able to make the Games a success.”

This year marks the 15th year that Veterans Canteen Service will sponsor the National Veterans Wheelchair Games—the largest annual wheelchair multi-sports event in the world. Veterans Canteen Service will also serve as one of the event host sponsors for the air pistol competition and the annual athlete Block Party.

“VA’s Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor for the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games,” said Ray Tober, Executive Director Veterans Canteen Service.  “We are honored to be involved in an event promoting a healthy lifestyle and inspiring our Nation’s Veterans to challenge themselves, whether spiritually, mentally or physically.  The VCS team looks forward to seeing our athletes’ competitive drive and determination to achieve excellence.”

With 200 locations throughout VA Medical Centers across the United States, VCS operates modernized retail stores, café’s and vending programs. VCS considers their motto “Benefits You’ve Earned, Service You Deserve” as the impetus for providing exceptional quality and value with the highest level of customer service.

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented annually by Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs, are open to all U.S. military veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition as a result of spinal cord injury, certain neurological conditions, amputations or other mobility impairments, and who receive care at VA medical facilities or military treatment centers.

“The National Veterans Wheelchair Games represents a significant commitment to the rehabilitation of our nations Veterans and empowering them to live more healthy and active lives through sports and recreation. The partnership with our sponsors to fulfill our mission helps us to reach out and support more of our nation’s heroes,” said David Tostenrude, Director of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

Veterans at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games will compete in 18 events: air guns, archery, basketball, boccia, bowling, handcycling, a motorized wheelchair rally, nine ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track and field, trapshooting and weightlifting. This year’s Wheelchair Games will also feature a rowing exhibition. Athletes compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age.

For more information about the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, please visit www.wheelchairgames.org.

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About Paralyzed Veterans of America:

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to serving veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, Paralyzed Veterans has worked to ensure benefits, quality health care, accessibility, employment, and rehabilitative sports and recreation for veterans with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (www.pva.org)

About the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events:

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events is the recognized world leader in rehabilitative and recreational therapies for disabled Veterans. VA promotes the rehabilitation of body and spirit by operating adaptive sports clinics and competitions around the nation. Learn more about VA’s adaptive sports programs and partnerships at www.va.gov/adaptivesports.