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Lois Pope: Veterans with Disabilities to Compete in 2014 Winter Paralympic Games

July 16, 2013

A humanitarian who resides in both Delray Beach, Florida, and Snowmass, Colorado, Lois Pope has devoted much of her life to assisting individuals in need. The cofounder of the Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial Foundation, Ms. Pope has worked to increase the visibility and rights of veterans with disabilities by spearheading the construction of a Washington, D.C., memorial devoted to these wounded warriors.

In Ketchum, Idaho, many veterans with disabilities have gathered to train for the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs strongly supports the use of sport as a form of therapy for wounded veterans. Experts have found that participating in adaptive sports activities often promotes mental and emotional healing, helping our country’s heroes to become “whole” once again. Although some Paralympic athletes are missing limbs, have impaired vision, or face other challenges, these inspiring men and women demonstrate that physicality does not have to be a limitation. U.S. Paralympic Team hopefuls plan to travel to the 2014 Paralympic competition venue in Sochi, Russia, in March 2013 to participate in a test event.

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