Over 200 Veterans to attend adaptive golf clinic in Iowa

RIVERSIDE, Iowa, Sept. 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- More than 200 Veterans from around the country will take part in the 2023 National Disabled Veterans Golf Clinic, September 10–15, in and around Iowa City, Iowa. The event is an opportunity for those who served to participate in a rehabilitative golf program and other activities, providing an opportunity to improve their skills and expand their abilities. It serves Veterans with blindness or limited vision, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, limb loss, and other life-changing injuries.

DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs co-present the five-day clinic with support from businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individual donors.

“The adaptive golf clinic is a great opportunity for our American heroes to play the sport they love – and take the next step in their journeys to recovery,” said Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough. “This week will help Veterans build camaraderie, independence, and an active lifestyle, which are critical parts of a healthy life.”             

“As a quadruple amputee, I would never have believed I’d be playing—and enjoying—the game I held 
so near and dear,” said Dave Riley, the clinic chairman. “Over the last 20-plus years, I’ve learned through adaptive sports that I can do anything I set my mind to. These games have the power to completely change lives – for the veterans who participate and the volunteers and sponsors who they inspire.”

“Adaptive sporting events like this golf clinic are a key part of a Veteran’s recovery and independence,” said DAV National Commander Nancy Espinosa. “They’ll leave Iowa with deeper relationships, more confidence to navigate the world around them and the groundwork for a healthy, active lifestyle.”

More than 300 volunteers are expected to donate their time and efforts to the event, which is hosted by the Iowa City VA Health Care System.

For more information, visit VeteransGolfClinic.org.

VA MEDIA CONTACT:        Jamie Johnson, 319-339-7104, jamie.johnson2@va.gov

DAV MEDIA CONTACT:     Brian Buckwalter, 513-235-6090, bbuckwalter@dav.org



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DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: keeping our promise to America’s veterans. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them, fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill, providing employment resources to veterans and their families, and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a nonprofit organization with more than 1 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at dav.org.