DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) sponsored USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program as the team faces off against members of the Canadian Armed Forces Soldier On Hockey Team on Monday, Dec. 16, at 8:30 a.m. in their first international outdoor matchup at the SiriusXM Hockeytown Winter Festival™ at Comerica Park. Major General Michael J. Terry, who is the Commanding General of the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command in Warren, will participate in a ceremonial puck drop prior to the game.
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WHO: Members of the USA Warriors and Soldier On are American and Canadian military veterans who have all sustained visible or invisible injuries, such as limb amputation or traumatic brain injury, during their time in service. Many team members served in the post-9/11 era military, and some are still undergoing or have recently completed treatment at military medical facilities. All are using the sport of ice hockey as a method of rehabilitative therapy for their physical and emotional recovery.
WHY: DAV, the USA Warriors and Soldier On are committed to giving veterans the opportunity to use hockey as a form of rehabilitation, at no cost to the veteran. These events help educate the public about critical veterans issues and demonstrate that wounded service members benefit from unconventional methods of therapy to overcome life-altering injuries.
About the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program:
The USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that offers sled and standing ice hockey programs to injured, ill and disabled service members and veterans. The USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program was founded in 2008, and practices in Rockville, Md. For more information go to www.usawarriorshockey.org.
About Soldier On:
Soldier On is a highly visible and integral component of the Department of National Defence’s and Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) commitment and priority towards the recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration of serving and retired CAF members with a visible or non-visible illness or injury. Created in 2006, Soldier On has helped more than 700 ill and injured members overcome their illness or injury through participation in recreational, sporting and other physically challenging activities. Learn more at www.SoldierOn.ca.
About Disabled American Veterans:
]DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a non-profit organization with 1.2 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at www.dav.org.