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33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games Registrations Available Online

Registration Packets now available online for the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Tampa, Florida.

The dates of the event are July 13 - 18, 2013.

33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games Application

Registration Deadline: April 15, 2013
Be sure to include your hotel and flight information with your Registration information.

Are you ready to help Seize the Day in Tampa Bay?

Anyone interested in serving as a volunteer during the week of the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games, July 13-18, 2013, must complete the VOLUNTEER APPLICATION and return the application to

For more information, you may reach Camilla Thompson, Volunteers Chair, at (813)-972-2000 EXT 6580.

Photo of Veteran Phillip RosenbergSPIRIT OF THE GAMES

As a young boy growing up in rural Wisconsin, Phillip Rosenberg, 62, was surrounded by heroes. His father and three uncles had served in World War II. One uncle was shot down over the English Channel. His father fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

"It seemed like every adult male had served," said Rosenberg, a native of Pulaski, Wis., a town of 5,000 people best known for "Pulaski Polka Days", one of the largest festivals dedicated to the Polish in the United States. "When I came of age, it was just my turn, so I enlisted."

Serving in the 1960's almost certainly meant an all-expenses paid trip to Vietnam. Arriving in 1969, Rosenberg served with the famed 82nd Airborne Division located at Phu Loi and the 9th Infantry Division located at Dong Tam. Midway through the tour, he was wounded and received the Purple Heart.
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Video Spotlight

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Watch Videos from this years and previous years National Veterans Wheelchair Games events.

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Attention NVWG Coaches and Team Coordinators:

Southwest Airlines Discount Offering for the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Tampa, Florida Southwest Airlines is offering a 10% discount on reservations to Tampa, Florida for the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Reservations must be made by February 15, 2013. The NVWG Registrations will be available January 2013. If you have questions whether your Veteran will qualify for the NVWG, please give Dave Tostenrude (202) 560-7352 a call and we'll coordinate with Dr. Ken Lee our new NVWG Medical Director. If you are interested in the benefit, please send the request and number of marked promotional coupons you need to Dave Tostenrude at The vouchers have specific redeemable codes. You are not required to use Southwest Airlines to attend the NVWG.

Benefits of Adaptive Sports

Recent studies indicate that disabled Veterans who participate in adaptive sports report benefits such as:

  • less stress
  • reduced dependency on pain and depression medication
  • fewer secondary medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, hypertension)
  • higher achievement in education and employment
  • more independence

Wheelchair Games Stories

Wheelchair Unbound:

Overcoming Life's smallest challenges

Ever stub your toe on an uneven sidewalk or slam your knuckles on a door too narrow? How about walking uphill on terrain in loose gravel? Frustrating, annoying and aggravating. Yes, all of that. Now try doing it everyday in a wheelchair. Since 2003, Veteran Pete Moore from Boston, Mass., has been navigating through life's most commonplace challenges with zeal.

"The world simply isn't designed for us," said Moore, an aerospace engineer. "Since my motorcycle accident, I've had to have a new mind-set."

Part of that mind-set includes thinking and planning hours ahead.

"If I want to go to a restaurant, I call to see if they are handicap accessible," said Moore, "but I really have to spell out my needs. People think they are, but sometimes not."
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Starting Over

Michael Kabat, 61, a decorated Vietnam Veteran from Onalaska, Wi. is a people person. As a plumbing equipment salesman, he traveled throughout western Wisconsin, often stopping just to say hello to his customers or the local clerk at a convenience store. If there was something special in their life, a birthday or anniversary, he remembered it, just to make them feel special. When he wasn't driving from destination to destination, Michael ran there. During the course of his adult life, he had competed in several marathons and had logged over 40,000 miles. Then, one day in September 2008, while cross training for another marathon, he crashed on his bicycle. It all changed, in the blink of an eye. "I was descending down a hill," said Michael, "and looked back toward my riding partners behind me. That's all I really remember."
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  • PVA Sports Consultant:
    Tom Brown
    (817) 673 2812
  • Sports & Recreation Program:
    Mary Hobbs
    (800) 424 8200, ext.752
  • PVA Communications Director:
    Mark Daley
    (202) 379 8318


Volunteers are vital to the success of the Games.
To volunteer, Contact
Camilla Thompson , Local Volunteer Coordinator,
813-972-2000 ext. 6580.


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