Paralyzed Veterans of America Thanks TriWest Healthcare Alliance for Its Support of the 2010 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Jun 28, 2010, 14:06 ET from Paralyzed Veterans of America

WASHINGTON, June 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) proudly announces that TriWest Healthcare Alliance, headquartered in Phoenix, will serve as a Sustaining Host Sponsor for the 30th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, to be held in Denver, July 4–9.

"These games give veterans who have spinal cord injuries the chance to gain confidence in themselves and their abilities while tasting the thrill of competition and enjoying the encouragement of comradeship," said TriWest Healthcare Alliance president and CEO David J. McIntyre, Jr. "For these reasons, and in recognizing the sacrifices they have made, TriWest is honored to sponsor the Games for the fourth consecutive year." TriWest administers TRICARE for 2.7 million members of America's military family in 21 western states and is committed to serving the health-care needs of paralyzed veterans.

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented by Paralyzed Veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), are open to all U.S. military veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, certain neurological conditions, amputations or other mobility impairments. The VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System and the Mountain States Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America are hosting the 2010 Games.

Veterans at the Games will compete in 17 events, including swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, archery, air guns, basketball, nine ball, softball, quad rugby, bowling, handcycling, wheelchair slalom, power soccer, a motorized wheelchair rally, track and field and trapshooting. Kayaking will be an exhibition event this year. Athletes compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age. For more information about the Games, go to www.pva.org/2010Games.

Sixty-four years ago, Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a band of spinal cord injured service members who returned home from World War II to a grateful nation, but also to a world with few solutions to the challenges they faced. These veterans from the "Greatest Generation" made a decision not just to live, but to live with dignity as contributors to society. They created an organization dedicated to veterans service, medical research and civil rights for people with disabilities. And for more than six decades, Paralyzed Veterans of America and its 34 chapters have been working to create an America where all veterans, and people with disabilities, and their families, have everything they need to thrive. (www.pva.org)

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