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BVL: Opening Doors in Community Reintegration

At BVL, for years we’ve seen the healing power of recreation therapy for America’s veterans – providing sports, music and arts activities that encourage active and healthy lifestyles. But there’s another aspect to rec therapy: that is, to use these activities as a tool for community re-engagement. And at the Oklahoma City VA, they’re doing just that -- opening doors for America’s veterans. Supervisor of the Therapeutic Recreation Program at Oklahoma City VA Medical Center Kristy Doyle explains they use BVL grants to bring veterans out into the community. “Multiple trips are planned throughout the year with several different treatment ...

The Little Fundraiser That Could: Larry’s Lucky Strikes and the Gogebic Iron USBC Tips the Scales for BVL

Just over the Wisconsin boarder in Michigan, and just 18 miles south of Lake Superior, sits the sprawling Metropolis of Ironwood, Michigan.  Once there, you’ll find the expansive mega bowling center known as Larry’s Lucky Strikes. Okay, the first two facts are correct… but we may have stretched the truth just a little on the second two. Actually, Ironwood has just 5,000 citizens and Larry’s Lucky Strikes is a tidy 10-lane center. But don’t let the facts steer you from the truth:  Larry’s Lucky Strikes raised more money for BVL in one day than many do in an entire year. Thanks to coordinator Joel Bach in a tribute to a friend ...

Visit BVL at the 2018 USBC Convention in Reno!

The booth will be open Monday, April 23, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and Tuesday April 24, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Our BVL Breakfast/Workshop/Awards Presentation is Tuesday morning April 24, 7:00 am – 8:30 am. (You must purchase tickets for this -- Spots are going fast, get your ticket today!!!) At the breakfast, you'll hear from our Board Chairman John LaSpina, Board Member Libbi Fletcher, Ambassador Darlene Baker, local BVL Rep Dennis Brummitt, and BVL Executive Director Mary Harrar. Our annual Presentation to the USBC delegates and guests is Wednesday April 25, approximately 4:00 pm. Our guest speaker will be Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Joey Jones, ...

Annual BVL/VA Bowling Tournament Set for March

Veterans receiving care at VA Medical Centers around the country are 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. Bowling is often utilized by VA recreation therapists as it is adaptable to most skill levels and physical limitations. The 2018 tournament, set for March 1-30, 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; ...

Happy Trails for Veterans in Equine Therapy

Some of the most innovative recreation therapy programs for veterans in the nation can be found at the Grand Junction (CO) Veterans Health Care System (HCS).   Their current list of activities includes bicycling, fly-fishing, bowling, aquatic therapy, kayaking, skiing, rock-climbing, geocaching, hunting, as well as community outings and arts programs.  “We pride ourselves on providing veterans the best and most diverse set of activities to set and keep them on the path to a positive and healthy lifestyle,” says   Recreation Therapy Supervisor Matt Lucas, CTRS.  “Medicine is just one piece of the puzzle; if we can keep our veterans active ...

During Valentines Week: Have a Heart, Give a Heart

BVL is joining with the Department of Veterans Affairs to celebrate National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, which is held each year during the week of February 14, to say “thank you” to a special group of men and women -- the more than 98,000 Veterans of the U.S. armed services who are cared for every day in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers, outpatient clinics, domiciliaries, and nursing homes. Although activities will vary from one facility to another, sending special Valentine’s cards is encouraged. “Although those of us involved in BVL adhere to the dictum, ‘Every Day is Veterans Day’, this is a special ...

Iowa State “Girls Just Wanna Give Fun”

When the leadership of the Iowa State USBC WBA learned that Iowan Sgt. Nina Fisher was being deployed halfway around the world in service to our country, they knew they wanted to make a difference… So they set about on a course to participate in BVL’s “Lanes for the Troops” program, which sends a portable 26-foot long red, white and blue carpet bowling lane, a 5 lb. rubberized bowling ball and lightweight plastic bowling pins to active duty troops. The lane, ball and pins, packaged in a nylon carrying bag, can be set up in a few minutes time. The kit also includes score sheets and instructions. Iowa BVL Chair Connie Rommel explains that ...

“Re-Creation” Hits the Road for BVL

Veterans in care at VA Medical Centers and State Homes throughout the Sunshine State will be starting 2018 off right -- enjoying a series of uplifting, inspiring and spirit-filled performances by the touring entertainment troupe “Re-Creation.” Their current variety show, entitled “Happy” -- featuring music from many different eras -- will be brightening the days of veterans at 14 different facilities from Panama City to Miami – leaving a trail of joy and happiness in their wake. But Floridians won’t be the only ones to get their own dose of the “Re-Creation” magic medicine, as the tour will continue throughout the Southeast and into ...

Our Thanks to YOU

In this season of giving, the BVL Board of Directors would like to share our thanks for your gifts throughout the year to help us make brighter days for America’s military veterans.  It’s through your thoughts, endeavors, and actions that we are able to truly make a difference for those who have sacrificed for us. More than a million dollars was raised this year in small towns and big cities across this land; and those million dollars touched a million veterans’ hearts.  Imagine the fun, fitness and friendships you helped generate by sending veterans to the Winter Sports Clinic to learn or re-learn a sport adapted to their abilities; ...

Iowa Bowlers Give Back to Those Who’ve Served

The bowlers in Iowa are committed to their veterans. They are also committed to a BVL-sponsored national competition which encourages veterans to get out and get active. The Training-Exposure-Experience Tournament, also known as the TEE Tournament, is held in Iowa City, Ia. annually and provides numerous activities for disabled veterans. Sports — including golf, kayaking, bowling and horseback riding — are modified and adapted for veterans with disabilities allowing them to take part in activities from which they were previously excluded.  Importantly, the TEE Tournament also provides these disabled veterans with a source of friendship, camarad...