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Brightening Veterans’ Lives: One Veteran at a Time

A newcomer to the recent Winter Sports Clinic, sponsored in part by BVL, Army veteran William Márquez, credits “a cast of thousands” that got him there. You see, Márquez did not use the VA when he left the Army. In fact, after his discharge he did not even identify as a Veteran. He did not think the VA was for him. It took another Veteran recommending that he use the VA before he finally came around. His friend continued encouraging him to sign up for care and, eventually, things changed. The VA staff stayed in touch with Márquez and kept recommending additional care until he got the proper diagnosis and help he needed. “(O...

The Power of One, With a Little Help from Friends

A spotlight on how just one person can make a difference. Tommy Kress became a PBA member in 1974. Shortly after that, he met PBA legend and BVL Spokesperson Johnny Petraglia, who served our country in the Vietnam War. Notes Tommy, “Over the years, I saw just how important the veterans, and the BVL, is to Johnny. Because of my 40+ years of friendship with Johnny, he has shared many stories with me on the tour about what the BVL means to the veterans, and because of that, I wanted to do what I could to help in some small way.” Although Tommy wanted to make a trip to participate in the PBA50 BVL/Johnny Petraglia Open this May to support ...

Get On Up

With more than two decades of boots-on-the-ground operational experience as a naval medical officer Navy Capt. Robert Koffman, M.D. says there’s no secret to the key to reduced stress and anxiety, increased brain health, and improved sleep patterns: EXERCISE. Whether that physical activity takes place as part of a team, as an individual in a gym, or out on the hiking trail (with the added therapeutic benefit of nature), veterans can reap big rewards with as little as thirty minutes of exercise a day three days a week. The upshot of those 90 minutes? A boost in: norepinephrine, helping the brain respond to stress; endorphins, triggering positive ...

Nurtured By Nature

Break out the salsa bowls! This spring and beyond, residents at the Fresno Veterans Home will be taking full advantage of the California sunshine thanks to a variety of new outdoors-based programs funded by BVL… Two potting benches will provide the base for a gardening effort where veterans will be planting tomatoes and peppers in elevated gardening beds at the facility (supplies will be kept in the two new storage sheds BVL purchased). After a morning of gardening, veterans can enjoy the sun by peddling around on the new adult three-wheel bikes (complete with safety gear including flags and helmets) or relaxing on two new wooden patio swings. Says ...

One fish, two fish, calm fish, soothe fish…

Thanks to a grant from the Monmouth County USBC, veterans at the New Jersey State Veterans Home in Menlo Park are experiencing reduced levels of stress and anxiety as they enjoy the palliative effects of watching the fish in their two new giant aquariums purchased thanks to the $9,000 raised by the MCUSBC for BVL. Menlo Park Recreation Director Marsha Lasko noted, “The aquariums provide a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere for the veterans at the home. Residents who are exposed to the beauty of the fish tanks appear to be more relaxed and alert. As we’ve seen in so many studies, the colors and the motion of the fish have a calming effect.”

Veterans Nationwide Gearing up for Annual VA BVL Bowling Tournament

Veterans receiving care at VA Medical Centers around the country are lacing up their shoes and taking a few practice rolls in preparation for the 71st BVL/VA Bowling Tournament in March, an annual event that encourages recuperating veterans to get involved in a fun, yet challenging, activity. The 2017 tournament, set for March 1-31, is open to all veterans connected with the VA Medical Center system and is coordinated through recreation therapists on site at the facilities. It has seven separate divisions based on physical and age parameters; including two divisions for electronic bowling. Bowling is often utilized by recreation therapists ...

BowlersMart Introduces Campaign to Support BVL

BowlersMart, one of the largest bowling equipment retailers in the country with 40 stores and counting, is the latest member of the bowling family to step up for America’s veterans through BVL. Beginning with just one pro shop in Hudson, Florida, in 2004, BowlersMart now provides top-notch services in each of its pro shops throughout the country and a complete array of equipment and supplies offerings through their online store. “Although we’ve long known about the great things BVL does to brighten the lives of America’s veterans, we decided that on the occasion of their 75th anniversary it was time to launch a targeted collective ...

2017: BVL Celebrates 75 Years of Service to America’s Veterans

In 1942 America, the war effort was in full swing; individuals and organizations were coalescing around the troops, and one unique organization was being formed by a favorite American sport:  Bowling. Seventy-five years ago, officials representing every facet of the sport of bowling met to coordinate efforts to support the troops -- bringing together all the sport’s integers to provide the most complete approach to the campaign. Thus, BVL, then known as “The Bowlers Victory Legion” was born. BVL’s first Administrator, A. L. “Ebby” Ebersole noted in the minutes of that meeting: “The Bowlers Victory Legion was organized on ...

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“Creating” a New Lease on Life

It’s a new year, and a renewed time for veterans in care at VA Hospitals nationwide to test their creative mettle… During January, February and March, veterans enrolled at VA medical facilities or outpatient clinics are invited to enter their art, music, dance, drama and creative writing entries into the local competition phase of the 2017 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition.  A longtime supporter of the event, BVL believes in and understands the value of art therapy.  Veterans:  Get out your paintbrushes, pianos, and powerful voices.   Share your soul’s story!