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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    How do I plan for a service member’s homecoming?

    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 on the...Read More
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    Where can I find other veterans to talk to about reintegration challenges?

    As a veteran coping with reintegration challenges, you will probably find it helpful to share experiences and learn from other veterans going through the same transition. There are several veterans’ service organizations through which you may get referrals to support and discussion groups. 
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    Is heavy cigarette smoking considered substance abuse?

    Heavy cigarette and tobacco smoking equates to substance abuse and remains one of the VA’s biggest public health challenges.

    Many veterans report they began using tobacco while in the military, and the rate of smoking among veterans in the VA health care system is higher than among the U.S. populat...Read More
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    How can I find a good therapeutic recreation program for veterans?

    Sarah Williams Volf, Director of Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities (CAMO) states that about 70% of participants in CAMO’s current programs are referred from hospitals. So if you are receiving care already, a good first step is to talk with your doctor or therapist about therapeutic recreation programs...Read More
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    How do I deal with tension in my marriage after return from deployment?

    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 normal...Read More
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    Why is it difficult to walk and move around with a TBI?

    Because traumatic brain injury (TBI) causes changes in the brain, it makes it a challenge to stand, stay balanced, and walk without feeling clumsy or uncoordinated. Not only do you have noticeable physical changes, but your muscle movement and muscle coordination have been altered, making it hard...Read More
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    How can I provide assistance and services to people with disabilities?

    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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    What is recreation therapy?

    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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    How is polytrauma treated?

    If you require polytrauma care, you'll need more than one doctor working on one condition. A comprehensive system of care is required for soldiers suffering from polytrauma. Based on your specific needs, a team of healthcare professionals will design a regimen of care that heals injuries and minimizes...Read More
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    What are the challenges of treating polytrauma?

    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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    What causes adjustment disorder in veterans?

    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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    I have heard about adaptive recreation programs, but can we afford it?

    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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    Why won’t my veteran spouse talk to me about combat experiences?

    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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    How can I have normal relationships with TBI?

    It’s difficult at first to adjust to the problems caused by traumatic brain injury. Even with mild TBI, you may face daily challenges such as difficulty speaking and communicating, memory loss, impulsivity, mood swings, and fatigue.  Dealing with one of these symptoms is hard, but when you have to...Read More
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    How do I find a prosthetist who understands upper limb amputation?

    Because 15 times as many amputees lose lower limbs as upper limbs, finding the best prosthetist who understands upper limb loss is not easy. The Amputee Coalition of America’s Upper Limb Loss Advisory Council recommends evaluating a prosthetist’s experience and comfort level with upper-limb prostheses...Read More