Challenge America

Our Mission

Challenge America answers the question of "When it happens, where do we go?" for returning military and their families. By working with communities across the country to link new and existing services, and by supporting the development of recreational, occupational and housing programs, Challenge America is able to better serve those individuals in their home communities with resources searchable by zip code.

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    Support groups are extremely helpful to people with traumatic brain injuries. In a support group, people suffering from similar problems can share their situations and receive comfort and encouragement from each other. The latest available treatments for TBI can be discussed and members can give coping suggestions...Read More
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    In the United States today there are around 160,000 veterans who are legally blind. When you combine the number of veterans with low vision, this total skyrockets to more than one million veterans with poor visual acuity. In addition, the Department of Defense reports that more than 13 percent of all wounded...Read More
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    Strength training is an excellent way to build muscle and burn calories. Strengthening or resistance exercise is anaerobic, meaning without oxygen, and forces the body to work its muscles against an object of resistance.

    With strength training, you can use isometrics, free weights, machines, or even...Read More
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    Sipping green tea throughout the day may give unexpected health benefits. Tea is full of catechins, complex organic molecules that may help to boost weight loss. Overall, green tea has the most catechins per cup -- about 30 to 40 percent of dry matter; black tea, which is more popular in America...Read More
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    If you are a wounded veteran who is interested in trying a therapeutic recreation or adaptive sports program, you can find programs near your location by visiting www.challengeamerica.com. Challenge America helps connect injured military and their families with supportive programs in their communities....Read More
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    Adjustment disorder is an extreme response to stress. This disorder affects adults (and children) outside of the military as well as veterans, and can be triggered by marital, financial, school, or work problems. Major life changes such as marriage, divorce, diagnosis of a serious medical condition,...Read More
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    Homecoming from military service is a joyous occasion for most service members and their spouses or partners. However, the initial joy is like re-living honeymoon phase of your marriage, and when day-to-day reality sets in again, the honeymoon ends and there can be disagreements and tension. It’s...Read More
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    Veterans should feel encouraged to continue their education after return from deployment. The Montgomery GI Bill is a tremendous benefit available to veterans for financing their education, whether it be in college, graduate school, vocational school, or flight training. There is also free education...Read More
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    Although the survival rate of massive injuries incurred during war has increased, the victims of polytrauma may never regain their full physical or mental form, with many suffering everlasting psychological complications such as post traumatic stress disorder.

    A soldier who survives head injuries...Read More
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    Some veterans open up once they have adjusted to civilian life, and want to share some of their combat experiences with loved ones. Others may not ever feel comfortable talking about combat, even with the person to whom they are closest. Combat is an intensely personal, sometimes traumatic experience....Read More
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    Homecoming from military service is a joyous occasion for most service members and their spouses or partners. However, the initial joy is like re-living the honeymoon phase of your marriage. When day-to-day reality sets in again, the honeymoon ends and there is a period of adjustment to the new dynamics...Read More
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    If you have a disabling illness or injury, therapeutic recreation can allow you to take part in relaxing and challenging outdoor activities that will help with your rehabilitation outside of a traditional clinical therapy setting. Therapeutic recreation uses recreation as the source of therapy with...Read More
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    Volunteer! Many of the organizations that provide services to people with disabilities have limited resources and rely heavily on volunteers. Donating your time and energy will make a world of difference both to the organizations and to the individuals being served - and to you.

    If you have a special interest in providing...Read More
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    Many adaptive recreation programs designed specifically for injured military are provided at no cost to the military member. More and more, these programs include family members and cover their costs as well. One example is Challenge Aspen's C.A.M.O. program. Each program's website typically provides...Read More
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    Thinking ahead and planning for a service member’s homecoming is a good idea. The day of your service member’s return can be very stressful at the same time as it is exciting and joyful. Neither you nor your service member may have gotten much sleep in anticipation of the event. It might be best...Read More