In 2014 Prince Harry of Wales set out to make a difference for injured soldiers returning from war, and created the Invictus Games. He started the international sporting event to inspire recovery, help support rehabilitation and to raise awareness and respect for those who serve their country. The Paralympic-style multi-sport event features adaptive games such as wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing. The first Invictus Games took place in March of 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, England. This year they are being hosted in Toronto, Canada and the opening weekend was a great success!
The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) 7th Annual Summit + Expo is being held on August 29 – 31, 2017 in National Harbor, MD. The Paralyzed Veterans of America has a long track record of helping to change lives and build brighter futures for those who live with SCI and related diseases.
This year’s focus will be Microvascular Disruption and the Potential Therapeutic Stem Cells in SCI, Gene Therapy Approach, TBI Chronic Encephalopathy and PTSD as well as the Impact of Co-Morbidity in MS.
Lauren Bruner, Ken Potts and Donald Stratton are three of the five remaining survivors of the USS Arizona. During a recent visit to Washington DC they attended a formal wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The men were honored with a certificate and a coin from the Old Guard Third Infantry Regiment, who guard the tomb.
The survivors were also able to visit the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Memorials. They spent time at the Pentagon and met with President Trump in the Oval Office.
The 37th Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games is right around the corner. The games are being held in Cincinnati, Ohio from July 17th to July 22nd, 2017. Local Cincinnati venues where most of the events are being held include: Duke Energy Convention Center; Stargel Stadium; Fairfield Sportsmen’s Association; and the Powel Crosley Jr YMCA. There are 19 different sports to watch and attendance is free.
The country duo Florida Georgia Line are quickly becoming some of the biggest stars in music. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard released their third album last year, and have been touring all over North America in 2017. As a part of their “Dig your Roots” tour the group decided they wanted to do something special. Earlier this month they donated an all-terrain wheelchair to retired Army Staff Sergeant Shane Savage. Shane and his family also received free tickets to the show — and just days prior were told the exciting news that they would get to meet the band and be part of a special presentation.