While veterans can suffer from a variety of disabilities like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injuries, one of the most frustrating can be paralysis from spinal cord injuries. One minute you are a strong soldier serving your country, and the next you are wheelchair bound for the rest of your life. Along with the physical pain comes mental anguish—you’ve been walking for your entire life and now you’re going to have to figure out how to live without the use of your legs. Paralyzed veterans can easily slip into depression and stop paying attention to their health, but it is so important to stay as active and fit as possible.
When you’re in a wheelchair, it doesn’t mean you can’t workout anymore; it simply means you need to find new ways to stay healthy since running on a treadmill isn’t really an option anymore. If you visit the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s website, they have many sports teams you can join. In addition to having fun and being active, you can also meet other paralyzed veterans who are just like you. Many veterans in wheelchairs like to:
- Play pool
- Go bowling
- Enjoy fishing
- Take part in shooting sports
- Go kayaking
- Compete in wheelchair or handcycle races
- Play basketball
If you are especially competitive, the National Veterans Wheelchair Games are held each year, and you can compete in one or many different sports. The games usually include 9-Ball, air guns, archery, basketball, boccia, bowling, handcycling, field events, motor rally, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting and weightlifting.
Don’t let your disability stop you from enjoying life! It’s also important for you to get in touch with a Dallas veterans’ benefits lawyer who can help you obtain the benefits you deserve. Contact Morgan &Weisbrod today for a free consultation at 1-800-800-6353.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.