June 10, 2013

SAN MATEO, CA - With the Oakland VA continuing to struggle with a massive backlog of 25,735 claims, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) today announced that her office would have a “Veterans Fix-It” resource table at the Valor Games Far West competition at the College of San Mateo (CSM), Wednesday June 12, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The games, set for June 11-13 at various venues on the Peninsula, are the “Olympics” for veterans and active duty personnel with physical disabilities. The event at CSM will also feature a resource fair for all veterans.

Speier stated, “These athletes have already won medals defending our country. As competitors in the Valor Games, they will showcase their spirit, incredible determination and athletic abilities in Olympic style competitions. Their strength of purpose is remarkable.”

Speier’s “Veterans Fix-It” program is an ongoing effort to help veterans resolve such problem as obtaining VA benefits and finding employment. Last year the program enabled area veterans to receive over $3 million in benefits. The Congresswoman encourages all veterans to come to the Valor Games at CSM, not only to cheer on their fellow veterans, but to talk with an array of organizations dedicated to helping all veterans.
The competition on June 12 at CSM will feature the sport of power lifting. Also that morning, there will be interactive adapted sport demonstrations and a resource fair for veterans. Later that afternoon, the competition shifts to the world class throwing field on campus for shot put and discus throws.

June 13, the final day of competition, will be at Candlestick Park. The games open with a ceremony slated for 11a.m. on June 11 at the amphitheater in Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park in Foster City with an archery competition to follow.

The event provides lodging and meals at no charge to the participants. Qualifying athletes include veterans or active duty service members from any era. Their physical disabilities may fall into the following categories: amputation/limb loss; post-traumatic stress; spinal cord injuries; stroke; traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment and any disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Funding for the competition is being provided by the VA.