Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

U.S. Vets Deserve & Benefit from Rec Programs

It seems to me that our combat veterans deserve the many special recreation programs provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs’, as well as nongovernmental organizations.

There are more than 8,700,000 U.S.Vietnam era veterans and 2.1 million U.S. veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom have had difficult readjustments due to health related problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to the Institute of Medicine.

Research studies on the effects of participation of veterans in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and Winter Sports Clinic (Sporner, et. al, 2009) and adaptive sports and recreation activities (Lundberg, Bennett, & Smith, 2011) have displayed positive outcomes resulting from such veterans’ special recreation programs.

I would like to see more research published on the value of RT in the lives of veterans. I am sure those in the VA and others are doing great things in clinical programs for our vieterans. This work should be documented and shared. What say you?


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