Tester Announces More Than $81,000 in Adaptive Sports Grants for Disabled Veterans in Montana
Senator helped secure funding for Whitefish organization connecting disabled veterans with outdoor adaptive recreational opportunities
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced $81,500 has been awarded to Disabled Recreation Environmental Access Movement (DREAM) Adaptive Recreation, Inc., an organization in Whitefish that helps enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities by providing year-round outdoor adaptive recreational opportunities. This funding will help disabled veterans in Montana improve their independence, well-being, and quality of life through adaptive sports programs.
“DREAM Adaptive Recreation does great work in helping Montana’s veterans and military men and women heal from both seen and unseen wounds of war,” said Tester, Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “This funding will keep supporting their on-the-ground efforts to connect those who’ve been changed by their service with alternative therapies and treatments, closer to home.”
“DREAM believes in the power of outdoor recreation to build community connections and promote mental and physical health,” said DREAM Adaptive Recreation Executive Director Julie Tickle. “We are grateful to Senator Tester for his continued support of our mission and for his efforts to support our nation’s heroes—delivering this critical funding that’ll support Montana’s disabled veterans and servicemembers. Looking ahead, we look forward to collaborating with the Kalispell Vet Center and other service providers to expand our reach and positively impact more lives.”
As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Tester has continuously fought to secure funding for adaptive recreation opportunities for disabled veterans. This funding was provided under the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events Office, which awarded $16 million this year to organizations who improve veterans mental and physical health through adaptive sports and activities.