Today, 10/5, is American Veterans Disabled for Life Day

October 5th, 2017 marks the 1st ever American Veterans Disabled for Life Day. Here's the quick backstory...

"At a Veterans Day ceremony almost 20 years ago, Florida philanthropist and disabled veterans advocate Lois Pope said to then Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the now late Jesse Brown, "We have Veterans Day, complete with all the parades, pomp and pageantry.  But, we should also have a day specifically for disabled veterans -- a day for all Americans to show gratitude and support for the men and women who continue to bear the scars of war long after the fighting on the battlefield ends."

Nearly two decades later, Mrs. Pope's vision has now become a reality for the nation's 4 million-plus living disabled American veterans.  Indeed, thanks to Mrs. Pope's indefatigable efforts – and with a huge assist from U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) and others members of Congress – Congress has recognized the importance of establishing a day each year for all Americans to pay special honor to American Veterans Disabled for Life and has found that October 5th is an appropriate day to do so.  Rep. Frankel, whose son is a Marine veteran who served eight years at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, cheered this day finally coming to fruition:  'It is with profound appreciation that we recognize our brave men and women who return from war with life altering injuries. Helping these heroes has been a lifetime passion for Lois Pope.' "

Angel City Sports is proud to welcome all Veterans living with physical disabiilties to join us at our clinics, events and competitions across Southern California. At each of the past 3 Angel City Games we've had a strong contigent of Veterans who've not only competed but offered mentorship and support to young athletes. Please support the work we do to bring adaptive sports to the SoCal community of people with disabiilties by making a donation at http://bit.ly/AngelCitySports2017
 

President Barack Obama at the opening of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Photo Credit: American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial)