• Live Whole Health #78 – Moving to the Beat

    When you hear music playing do you automatically find yourself swaying, toe tapping, or feel like bursting out in dance? Well – you are not alone! Studies have shown that moving to the beat is built into our nervous systems.

  • The Mother Teresa of recreation therapy has retired

    Joyce Casey, a Spinal Cord Injury recreation therapist, has saved and changed the lives of thousands of paralyzed Veterans.

  • Veterans use aquatic obstacle course for recreation therapy

    Marine Veteran who broke his leg improving with new aquatic obstacle course at Cleveland medical center. Helps Veterans improve their balance with increased stability and strengthening to prevent falls.

  • Recreation Therapy staff keeps Veterans busy

    Recreation Therapy department offers numerous creative and flexible recreation and leisure activities to enhance and normalize Veterans’ lives. The main goal is to improve their quality of life.

  • Recreation therapy gives Veteran new lease on life

    VA celebrates National Therapeutic Recreation Month and all it does to change Veterans’ lives. Here’s a great story of a Veteran who was in “a dark place” and says recreation therapy gave him a focus.

  • VA guides Veteran out of darkness

    U.S. Army Veteran Arthur Saenz was not only blind, but without skills, a job or direction—until he worked with a series of VA professionals who helped put him on the path to self-respect and success

  • Borne The Battle #173: Dan Duitsman – Marine Veteran, Camp Valor Outdoors

    Marine Veteran and Shooting Sports Program Director, Dan Duitsman tells us how he gets disabled veterans into competitive shooting with the nonprofit, Camp Valor Outdoors.

  • Bringing polytrauma hope and healing in Minneapolis

    From strokes to other major brain injuries, the Minneapolis polytrauma team provides world-class care unlike anything in the civilian community.

  • Milwaukee VA, recreation therapy helps Army Vet put back pieces

    David Ryba had trouble after the Army piecing his life together. He got help at the Milwaukee VA. Now his missing puzzle piece photo is going national.

  • Helping Vets deal with chronic pain without opioids

    Here’s a special VA program that offers Veterans with chronic pain an alternative to the use of drugs such as opioids. It’s virtual reality with a headset or scenic settings on a large screen.

  • VA hosts music therapy retreat in Nashville to help Veterans heal

    Department of Veterans Affairs and the nonprofit Operation Song launched the first of a series of national music therapy retreats Nov. 14-17 in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • VA’s 2018 National Creative Arts Festival

    Every year more than a hundred Veterans share their creative expressions in VA’s national arts festival. Lots of fun and camaraderie but it’s really all about rehabilitation through recreation therapy.

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