(2-17-13) BVL: Pioneer in Recreation Therapy for Veterans – Seven Decades of Service
Beginning the 71st year of service, the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) has held a premiere position in support of recreation therapy for our nation’s veterans. With humble beginnings in World War II, and a long and storied history since, BVL has maintained its leadership role in providing recreational programs and services for those who have served our country.
“Our friends at BVL have always been with us to help brighten the days, boost morale, and speed recuperation of our nation’s veterans,” remarked Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. “Our country owes America’s service men and women a debt of gratitude, and we appreciate that BVL has never forgotten their sacrifices. We are pleased and proud to work with them in support of our veterans and we thank BVL for their commitment to the cause.”
Recreation therapy, designed to maintain or improve physical, mental, and emotional well-being as well as reduce depression, stress, and anxiety, has been the hallmark of BVL’s programming; helping veterans maintain or recover basic motor functioning and reasoning abilities, and build confidence and socialization skills. To that end, BVL dollars have funded the purchase and use of sports equipment, arts and crafts supplies, pet therapy activities, games, dance, drama, music and community outings at VA Medical Centers, Vet Centers and State Homes around the nation.
For the founders of BVL, recognizing the importance of recreation therapy was natural...
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