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Richard L. Roudebush VAMC, Indianapolis, Indiana

OEF/OIF/OND Recreational Opportunities

Here are just a few of the many recreational opportunities available to OEF/OIF/OND Veterans.    You can obtain additional information regarding this program by checking out their websites.  Most  events/programs are offered on a national level - information and contacts can be obtained from their respective web sites. 

All other events/programs are offered on a national level; information and contacts can be obtained from their respective websites listed below:

Project Healing Waters

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. (PHWFF), a national non-profit organization, is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active duty military personnel and Veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.  The Indianapolis PHWFF program is conducted by volunteers from the Indianapolis Fly Casters.  During colder months, the group meets at the RLR Medical Center to learn how to tie flies, practice their casting, and share some good fish stories.  As soon as the temperatures begin to rise, they are out fly fishing at various sites around the state, including Presnell Plantation, the White River and Lake Monroe.  Thanks to PHWFF and local donors, all equipment and supplies are provided at no cost to the Veteran.

Outward Bound

This is a tremendous opportunity for adventure and self-discovery to our Veterans of combat operations in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) and Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom). Our programs offer numerous wilderness adventures exclusively for war Veterans. Our goals include helping participating veterans build a supportive community with other war veterans; facilitating discussions on readjustment and transition challenges; and re-energizing and reinvigorating spirits with adventures and challenges in the beautiful outdoors.

Operation Lima Foxtrot

"LIMA FOXTROT" is the brand name adopted by Lakeshore Foundation (Birmingham, Ala.) to describe what has become one of this country's premier, comprehensive, year round, sport, fitness, and recreation programs for severely injured members of our Armed Forces. Initiated in 2006 in response to the significant numbers of injuries from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, LIMA FOXTROT has served over 1,000 injured servicemen and women and their families, from thirty-five states and territories.

National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic

This event is the world leader in promoting rehabilitation by instructing Veterans with disabilities in adaptive Alpine and Nordic skiing, and introducing them to a number of other adaptive recreational activities and sports. For many newly injured Veterans, including many injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Clinic offers their first experience in winter sports and gives them the inspiration to take their rehabilitation to a higher level. Participants include Veterans with spinal cord injuries, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, neurological challenges, and visual impairments.

Team River Runner (TRR)

Established in August 2004 by kayakers in the Washington, DC area, is a primarily volunteer non-profit organization run by a council of kayakers and overseen by a board of directors. TRR was initially established to help active duty military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan who were recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. With the success there obvious and the opportunity elsewhere apparent, TRR expanded to other Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) chapter sites in 2007.

Wounded service members endure many months of surgeries, physical and readjustment therapy, prosthetic fittings, and other life changes. Against this backdrop, those who are able will welcome a chance to pick up a new challenge, and get out of the daily routine of their treatment for a day. They are attracted to whitewater and adventure kayaking because it offers an exciting way to improve their health, strength, and connection with nature.

National Veterans TEE Tournament

Previously a local program, this new national event provides legally blind and eligible disabled Veterans an opportunity to develop new skills and strengthen their self-esteem through adaptive golf and bowling events. Each year, the TEE Tournament uses a therapeutic format to promote rehabilitation, fellowship and camaraderie among participants. The event provides eligible Veterans with an opportunity to participate in therapeutic adaptive sporting activities which demonstrate that having a visual or physical disability need not be an obstacle to an active, rewarding life.