Brightening Veterans’ Lives: One Veteran at a Time

April 19, 2017

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…

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The Power of One, With a Little Help from Friends

March 22, 2017

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…

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Biking into the Future

Biking into the Future

March 15, 2017

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…

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Get On Up

February 10, 2017

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…

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Nurtured By Nature

January 27, 2017

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…

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

January 25, 2017

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.…

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Veterans Nationwide Gearing up for Annual VA BVL Bowling Tournament

January 23, 2017

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…

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BowlersMart Introduces Campaign to Support BVL

January 18, 2017

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…

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bvl 75 anniversary

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

January 15, 2017

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…

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“Creating” a New Lease on Life

January 15, 2017

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…

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