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N R PA I n A c t i o n

A Salute to Parks & Recreation
U.S. Army Presents NRPA, USOC, and 11 Park and Recreation
Agencies with Citations for Work with Injured Veterans

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t the Annual National Recreation and Park Association
(NRPA) Congress in Minneapolis, Minnesota, representatives from
the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense presented 11 park and recreation
agencies, NRPA, and the United States
Olympic Committee with citations of patriotic civilian service for their work on
adaptive recreation programs for injured
service members and veterans. The citations were signed by Lieutenant General Rick Lynch, Army Chief of Staff for
Installation Management (ACSIM) and
presented by NRPA members Carol Potter (Department of Defense), Janet MacKinnon, and Sandra Nordenhold.
These 11 agencies and others across
the country are working with soldiers who
are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan with physical injuries, traumatic brain
injuries, and post traumatic stress disorder.
Successful programs, like these, use sports
and therapeutic recreational activities to offer veterans the ability to achieve success
in a short period of time, as a result of  returning to their families and communities

	

Representatives of the U.S. military, USOC, park and recreation agencies, and
NRPA staff and leadership gather following the awarding of special certficates of
appreciation.

and regaining confidence.
" These communities and organizations are commended for reaching out
to our service members to provide a
variety of recreation opportunities and
physical activities, " said Carol Potter, a
representative of the the Department of
Defense. NRPA adopted a policy in 2008
which challenged its members to support service members and their families
in the Armed Forces. The agencies not
only accepted the challenge but demonstrated their support and commitment by
providing outstanding programs.
" The Army is honored to recognize
these civilian agencies for adapting and
modifying recreation programs to facilitate greater participation by wounded
warriors and their families, " said Janet MacKinnon, ACSIM Recreation Program Manager, during the presentation.
" These agencies have enabled more
Wounded Warriors in their transition

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,from the battlefield to a supportive and
healthy community by positively impacting and expanding recreation and sports
programming. Your generosity is a credit to our nation, to all service men and
women and to their families. "
Recreation and community support
to Wounded Warriors also supports the
Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness
program which promotes competencies in self-awareness, self-regulation,
optimism, mental agility, strength of
character, and connection.  Building resiliency in these areas assists soldiers in
restructuring their lives once an injury
has occurred.
NRPA has an ongoing partnership
with the United States Olympic Committee to support park and recreation
agencies adaptive programs for injured
service members and veterans. To learn
more about this program go to www.
nrpa.org/usoc. 
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