Sports & Fitness

NRA Disabled Shooting Services Program

Offering services that enable thousands of Americans with physical disabilities to enjoy a variety of shooting activities, including competitive events and hunting. Competitors with physical disabilities, who are unable to achieve the required shooting positions or use special adaptive equipment, are required to apply for a medical waiver. The medical waiver application is fairly simple and consists of two forms. The NRA Disabled Shooting Service Program also provides links to state websites for hunting and fishing for disabled veterans. Many individuals with disabilities are able to compete by using equipment that has been specially adapted to provide assistance. Adaptive equipment does not give the shooter an edge but merely provides assistance for individuals who are not capable of certain physical activities such as supporting the weight of a rifle or squeezing a trigger. The most common pieces of equipment are rifle stands and power triggers.

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This rebate offer is only open to disabled, retired, active, active reservists and honorably discharged members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Rebate offer is limited to the purchase of one (1) new qualifying firearm from each of the three (3) rebate categories by an eligible participant from June 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Qualifying firearm purchases must be made in one of the 50 U.S. states from any federally licensed firearms dealer. Rebate submissions must be made online at www.smithandwessonrebates.com

Smith & Wesson Corp. reserves the right to modify, change or discontinue this rebate offer at any time. All rebate submissions must be completed online no later than January 31, 2019.

Competitive Shooting

NRA's Competitive Shooting Division offers a wide range of activities in all types of shooting, for everyone from the novice to the world-class competitor. The NRA sanctions over 11,000 shooting tournaments and sponsors over 50 national championships each year. If you have any questions about the division, please call one of the numbers listed in the Competitive Shooting Functions Directory or, for more general competitions information, call 1-877-672-6282. The NRA Life of Duty is available exclusively for Active-Duty Military thanks to the generosity of millions of NRA members and our sponsors, active-duty military receive valuable discounts on NRA membership and exclusive NRA Life of Duty benefits not available to anyone else.

Find an official Paralympic Sports Club

Through partnerships with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the USOC Paralympic Military Program has impacted the lives of thousands of injured military personnel and veterans. Service members and veterans looking to get active in sports in their communities can visit FindaClub.USParalympics.org to locate a program in their area. Most people with physical or visual disabilities don’t have the chance to participate in regular sports activities. By partnering with community and national organizations across the country, U.S. Paralympics is working hard to expand these opportunities.

Adaptive Sport

This program motivates, encourages and sustains participation and competition in adaptive sports among disabled Veterans and members of the Armed Forces through partnerships with VA clinical personnel as well as national and community-based adaptive sports programs.

The Grants for Adaptive Sports Programs for disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces (ASG Program) provides grant funding to organizations to increase and expand the quantity and quality of adaptive sport activities disabled Veterans and members of the Armed Forces have to participate in physical activity within their home communities, as well as more advanced Paralympic and adaptive sport programs at the regional and national levels.

Veteran Athlete Training Allowance

The VA National Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events Office provides a monthly assistance allowance for Veterans with disabilities training in Paralympic sports, as well as certain Veterans with disabilities selected for or competing with the national Olympic Team, as authorized by 38 U.S.C. 322(d) and Section 703 of the Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2008. Through the program, VA will pay a monthly allowance to a Veteran with either a service-connected or non-service-connected disability if the Veteran meets the minimum performance standards or higher (e.g., Emerging Athlete or National Team) in his or her respective Paralympic sport at a recognized competition. In addition to making the performance standard, an athlete must also be nationally or internationally classified by his or her respective Paralympic sport federation as eligible for Paralympic competition in that sport.

VA will also pay a monthly allowance to a Veteran with a service-connected disability rated 30 percent or greater by VA who is selected for a national Olympic Team for any month in which the Veteran is competing in any event sanctioned by the National Governing Bodies of the U.S. Olympic Sport, in accordance with Public Law 114-223. For both Olympic and Paralympic sports, the national sport organizations include those of the United States Olympic Committee, including its U.S. Paralympics Division and National Governing Bodies, and the equivalent organizations for American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands. Athletes must have established training and competition plans and are responsible for turning in monthly and quarterly reports in order to continue receiving the monthly assistance allowance. The monthly allowance rate for an athlete approved for monetary assistance is the same as the 38 U.S.C. Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) rate, which in FY 2018 starts at $617.40, and increases depending on the number of dependents. The allowance program standards, points of contact for national Olympic and Paralympic sport organizations, VA Forms for the allowance program, and other allowance information follow.

Warrior Open

The Warrior Open is a competitive 36-hole golf tournament, including an 18-hole Pro-Am. The event honors U.S. service members who serve and sacrifice to defend the United States of America and heralds the many effective organizations that give their time, talents and resources to support the men and women of our military and their families. The Warrior Open, part of the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative (MSI), honors the service, sacrifice, and resilience of our post-9/11 veterans and military families. Through research, policy development, programs, and presidential recognition, MSI unites and empowers nonprofits, businesses, universities, philanthropic entities and others to effectively serve and support these veterans and their families in the transition areas of: employment, education, family services, health and wellness, housing and unique issues facing women.

Warrior Games

Fitness and teamwork are a way of life in the military. Serious illness or injury can profoundly impact that way of life, often confining a service member to a hospital bed and significantly altering their physical capabilities. Adaptive athletics are sports that have been modified to meet the abilities of injured or ill individuals. They help wounded warriors build strength and endurance, while also drawing inspiration from their teammates.

All wounded warriors enrolled in Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor are encouraged to include adaptive athletics in their recovery plans to build strength and endurance. Sports also helps build self-esteem, lowers stress levels and prevents secondary medical conditions from developing.

The Warrior Games are a Paralympic-style competition among more than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members from all branches of the U.S. military, as well as from international armed forces. The invitation-only event includes competitions in archery, cycling, seated volleyball, shooting, swimming, track and field, and wheelchair basketball. The wounded warrior athletes have upper-body, lower-body and spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairments, serious illnesses, and/or post-traumatic stress.

The Warrior Games are presented by the Department of Defense and hosted by individual services on an annual rotational schedule. The Navy hosted the 2017 Warrior Games.

The goal of the Warrior Games isn't necessarily to identify the most skilled athletes, but rather to demonstrate the incredible potential of wounded warriors through competitive sports.

Getting Involved

Connect with the Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor adaptive sports coordinator via the call center at 855-NAVY WWP/855-628-9997 or via email at [email protected] to determine which activities are right for you. Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor hosts a series of adaptive athletic reconditioning camps at naval bases throughout the country that focus on strength training, nutrition and a variety of sports. Athletes of all ability levels are welcome. The program also involves enrollees in camps hosted by partner organizations and international competitions, such as the Invictus Games.