United States Department of Veterans Affairs

VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

At second annual Heroes on the Hudson, Adaptive Sports Help Rehabilitate Injured Veterans

August 23, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jennifer Sammartino, VA, NYHHS (718) 630-2804

At second annual Heroes on the Hudson, Adaptive Sports Help Rehabilitate Injured Veterans

NY, NY – For the second consecutive year, Heroes on the Hudson will take place on Friday, Aug. 31.

It is an event like no other in the New York City metro area, uniquely designed to teach disabled Veterans how to kayak and sail. It will be held in Manhattan, just off the west side at Pier 66 in the Hudson River. This event is sponsored by VA New York Harbor Healthcare System, VA NY/NJ Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service, and the Wounded Warrior Project.

The event has been modeled after the National Disabled Veterans Summer Sports Clinic, but with the backdrop of the world’s most famous skyline.

Events at this important rehabilitation clinic include both adaptive kayaking and sailing. There will also be educational and safety lectures to provide a holistic experience. During this full-day event, participants will have the opportunity to form strong bonds and relationships with fellow Veterans in an atmosphere that promotes both physical and mental wellness.

“We want to promote health and wellness for our Veterans, and we realize that sometimes the best location to promote physical and mental well-being is outside the hospital walls, where our Veterans are living their lives on a daily basis,” Dr. Leif Nelson, Clinical Coordinator of Prosthetics.

Participation is open to military Veterans who are eligible for VA medical care and have orthopedic amputations, traumatic brain injuries, burn injuries, psychological trauma, certain neurological conditions, visual impairment, or other injuries. This target audience includes veterans with injuries that are not always apparent to the general observer.

VA is an unmatched health care leader in both prosthetics and rehabilitation, with an impassioned commitment to serving our nation’s heroes, past and present.

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP aims to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid in fulfilling the needs of injured service members, as well as help injured service members aid and assist each other. This nonprofit organization provides unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured servicemen and women.