These organizations encourage involvement in recreational activities for Veterans. Many recreational organizations offer Veterans access to their services for free or at a reduced cost. The organizations on this page represent a variety of these opportunities for Veterans, including adaptive sports, outdoor activities, yoga, and entertainment.

Challenge America Veteran Arts Community (CAVARTS)

Created by Veterans, for Veterans, the Challenge America Veteran Arts Community (CAVARTS) is an inclusive community that brings together Veterans of various backgrounds who support one another as they connect, learn, and grow through art.

CAVARTS is a safe and supportive community where Veterans can leverage their creativity and the power of the arts to regain a sense of purpose and belonging in their lives. As an arts community, we come together through the highs and the lows, lifting each other up during hardship, celebrating our wins, and reminiscing over shared stories and our shared interest in the arts.

Move United Warfighters

Move United uses the power of sport to push what’s possible for people with disabilities, confronting ignorance, fueling conversation and inciting action that leads us to a world where everyone’s included. Sports make us more—more determined, more powerful, more ourselves. Sports have the power to change the world, pushing people further and bringing people closer. And sports shift the narrative from disabled to this abled.

Phone
301-217-0960
Email
info@moveunitedsport.org

Cancer survivor Lance Cpl. Samantha Gaona from San Antonio catches the ball at the 2012 Marine Corps Trials at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 16.

I’m really about being able to leave a legacy. Being able to leave behind ways of getting people back to being independent. So many of them train so hard to get where they are, and seeing all the friendships that are made is worth it. When you’re injured, it’s kind of like starting over. I’m lucky to watch people grow and get their own inner strength. You see them get stronger and gain a better understanding of who they are.

Kari Miller

Air Force Veteran and Move United Athlete

National Park Service / Free Entrance to National Parks for Veterans and Gold Star Families

The Interagency Annual Military Pass has been expanded to include both veterans and Gold Star Families. On November 11, 2020, agencies began issuing Interagency Military Passes to veterans and Gold Star Families upon request and with proof of eligibility as described below. The entrance fee waiver does not cover expanded amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, transportation, special recreation permits, reservation fees or special tours.

Phone
(202) 208-6843

Outward Bound for Veterans

Outward Bound for Veterans helps thousands of returning service members and recent veterans readjust to life at home through powerful wilderness courses that draw on the healing benefits of teamwork and challenges through use of the natural world.

Website
Outward Bound
Contact Person
Peter Steinhauser
Phone
(773) 339-0044
Email
psteinhauser@outwardbound.org

Veterans Yoga Project

Veterans Yoga Project is on a mission to support recovery and resilience among veterans, families and communities.

Email
info@veteransyogaproject.org

Vet Tix

Vet Tix provides tickets to events which reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, build life-long memories and encourage service members and veterans to stay engaged with local communities and American life. The group supports the troops by honoring their service and providing positive family and life experiences, during and after their years of service.

Website
Vet Tix