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Summer Sports Clinic Sees Disabled Veterans In Action

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Aired 9/20/10

Disabled veterans will be biking, surfing and kayaking in San Diego this week as the VA hosts its annual adaptive sports clinic.

— Disabled veterans will be biking, surfing and kayaking in San Diego this week as the Veterans Administration (VA) hosts its annual adaptive sports clinic.

Paraplegic veterans ride special bikes they can crank with their hands or surf on longboards they maneuver by holding on to a strap. Those are two activities that take place during the Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. This is the third year the VA has sponsored the games in San Diego.

VA spokesman Jose Llamas said the point of the clinic is to teach disabled vets that there's life after injury. He said all participants became disabled within the past five years.

"Veterans who range from spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, limb loss, severe burns and mental health," said Llamas.

Llamas said more than 100 veterans from around the U.S. have signed up for this year's sports clinic. Similar events take place in other parts of the country, including an adaptive winter sports clinic in Aspen, Colorado.

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