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Annual BVL VA Tournament Concludes: There’s Something in the Water in Bath (NY VA Medical Center)

It’s got to do with bowling mojo. Consider the facts:  Of the teams placing in the top three slots in the six divisions of the recently concluded 71st Annual BVL VA Bowling Tournament, five teams represented the Bath VAMC. That facility had a total of eight teams participate in the tournament, in the inpatient, outpatient, wheelchair and electronic bowling divisions. The tournament is open to all veterans connected with the VA Medical Center system and is coordinated through VA recreation therapy.  Divisions are based on physical and age parameters; and also include two for electronic bowling. Teams of five – with up to three alternates ...

Brian LeClair Wins Johnny Petraglia BVL Open at Maple Lanes:

Or, the Story of How a Lifelong Friendship and a Passion to Serve America’s Veterans Created Thousands of Winners Through One Tournament The front story is quick and easy: May 9, 2017 — The top qualifier for the finals, Delmar, NY native LeClair, who dominated from the start — throwing strikes in the first eight of nine frames — defeated two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 245-195, to win the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open. The back story is more nuanced: Growing up, John LaSpina and Johnny Petraglia spent many hours bowling together at Maple Lanes and formed a deep friendship. Over the years, John’s family ...

Games Bringing Veterans to Biloxi

Retired Marine Corps Sergeant Major Doris Denton (1961-1981 including a tour in Vietnam) will be one of nearly 800 Veterans participating in the National Veterans Golden Age Games, May 7 – 11 in Biloxi, Miss.  BVL is one of the sponsors of the event. When Denton first heard about the National Veterans Golden Age Games she jumped at the opportunity to participate.  “A speaker from the Biloxi VA came to the Armed Forces Retirement Home, and told us about the Games,” she said. “I thought, why not?” She will compete in bocce, shuffleboard, horseshoes, and table tennis at the Games. Denton’s advice to her fellow veterans, “Don’t ...

BVL’s BEST Awarded in Las Vegas

State and local associations from around the country were recognized at the USBC convention in Las Vegas recently for their outstanding support of America’s veterans through BVL for the 15-16 season. “We were delighted to shine the spotlight on some of our hardest working associations,” explained BVL Executive Director Mary Harrar.  “We couldn’t achieve our goals without the support of these groups – their commitment and determination are the backbone of our success.” Mary was joined by BVL Board Chairman John LaSpina in Las Vegas to present awards to the top five state associations for the 15-16 season.  The associations and ...

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 ...

Biking into the Future

As he slips into the seat of his new custom-made cycle near the starting line, without pedaling one foot of the El Tour de Tucson bike race,  Miguel has already gone a long way.   In fact, riding with a bunch of his buddies from the El Paso VA, Miguel, and their recreation therapist, Corinne, have already gone a long way together. “Training for, planning for, and participating in this race has truly created a life-changing impact on these veterans,” explains Corinne.  “Cycling has given this group the framework to build a healthy lifestyle for both mind and body.” It all began back at the VA in fall 2015, when El Paso hosted its’ ...

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.”