of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed
Veterans of America today announced that Highmark Inc. and United
Concordia Dental will serve as a premier sponsor of the 34th National
Veterans Wheelchair Games, Aug. 12-17, in Philadelphia.
"We thank Highmark and United Concordia for their generous support of
this important rehabilitative event for our disabled veterans," said Al
Kovach, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America.
"Through their support of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, they
are playing an important role in what is often a life-changing
experience for many of our veteran participants."
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is the largest annual wheelchair
sports competition of its kind. More than 500 athletes meet each year to
compete in a variety of sporting events including archery, swimming,
weightlifting, basketball and quad rugby. The Games encourage veterans
to become aware of what they can achieve with their disability, while
fostering a healthy lifestyle of sports competition.
"As administrator of the Department of Defense's TRICARE Active Duty
Dental Program, United Concordia is delighted to expand our existing
relationship with the Paralyzed Veterans of America as a premier sponsor
of this year's annual Games," said F.G. "Chip" Merkel, United Concordia
Dental president and COO. "Our support of Paralyzed Veterans and this
competition is one of many ways United Concordia and Highmark honor the
commitment and sacrifices made by wounded military veterans.
Specifically, the Games give these women and men the opportunity to
interact with other veterans, who face similar circumstances, in a
variety of sporting events. We are proud to support and recognize these
American heroes for their perseverance and their athletic abilities."
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented annually by the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America,
are open to all U.S. military veterans who use wheelchairs for sports
competition as a result of spinal
cord injury, certain neurological conditions, amputations or other
mobility impairments, and are focused on providing therapeutic, holistic
treatments through adaptive sports. "These Games are empowering veterans
with disabilities to improve their lives through sports and recreation,"
said Dave Tostenrude, director of the National Veterans Wheelchair
Games. "The athletes return home with the attitude and information of
what they can do, versus, what they cannot."
For more information about the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games,
please visit www.pva.org/wheelchairgames.
About Paralyzed Veterans of America
Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously
injured American heroes from the "Greatest Generation" of World War II.
They created a nonprofit organization to meet the challenges that they
faced back in the 1940s - from a medical community not ready to treat
them to an inaccessible world. For more than 68 years, Paralyzed
Veterans' national office and its 34 chapters across the nation have
been making America a better place for all veterans and people with
disabilities. For more information, visit www.pva.org.
About the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of National
Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of National Veterans
Sports Programs & Special Events is the recognized world leader in
rehabilitative and recreational therapies for disabled Veterans. VA
promotes the rehabilitation of body and spirit by operating adaptive
sports clinics and competitions around the nation. Learn more about VA's
adaptive sports programs and partnerships at www.va.gov/adaptivesports.
About Highmark Inc.
Highmark Inc. is among the largest health insurers in the United States
and the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated company.
Highmark and its diversified businesses and affiliates operate health
insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve
5.2 million members. Its diversified health businesses serve group
customer and individual health needs across the United States through
dental insurance, vision care and other related health businesses.
Highmark is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield
companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.
About United Concordia Dental
United Concordia Dental has administered dental programs for the
Department of Defense since 1996. During this time, the company has
become one of the nation's largest and most respected dental wellness
companies, delivering high-quality, cost-effective dental programs.
Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., the company serves nearly 7.5 million
members, boasts a network of more than 96,000 dentists at over 273,000
access points nationwide and is licensed in all 50 states, D.C. and
Puerto Rico. United Concordia has a companywide dedication and
commitment to superior customer service, which is evident in the design,
implementation, administration and servicing of its dental benefits
programs. For more information, visit UnitedConcordia.com.
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