February is Recreation Therapy Month, a time set aside to recognize the importance of Recreation Therapy in the overall improvement of health and wellness for millions of Veterans nationwide.
And it’s been around a while. Check out this article by VHA Historian Darlene Richardson:
Recreational facilities and leisure activities have been important elements of Veterans’ health care for nearly 150 years—ever since the first Federal Veterans facilities were established after the Civil War.
By 1875, four branches of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (VHA origins) were established and housed thousands of Civil War veterans. Recreation was critical for many reasons, according to the National Homes’ annual report that year: “Amusements tend to drive away dull care, and keep the men in a pleasant and cheerful state of mind. All these tend to make discipline easier and to make the men contented and comparatively happy, and to improve their morals…”
The term Recreation Therapy introduction was in the 1950s as an evidenced-based approach to rehabilitation and treatment.
VA Recreation Therapy and Creative Arts Therapy services provided throughout the VA Health Care System include acute, outpatient, home-based and community settings offering wide-ranging therapies such as recreation, art, dance/movement, drama, and music.
This has been a sore spot for me for years. I honestly feel like a POW when I need to get check-ups at the VA. Their job is to write the finding in our medical records that show positively for the VA and hurts the Veterans chance for better benefits. A great example when the examined me for spinal nerve damage
the wording might as well said ” I really don’t know ” but it does say MOST LIKELY THAN NOT IT AFFECTS HIS ABILITY TO STAND. So be it I don’t know where they come up with this shit but I bet the manual cost 300 Million to draft and the title is ” The Veterans Administration Doctor’s Guide For Correct open-ended Diagnosis That Protect Us From Responsibility”
This is the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare Twitter https://twitter.com/VAPittsburgh
Why don’t you Tweet them with your thought!!
Robert G Solomon
USAF- Disabled Gulf War Veteran (non-combat)