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Veterans and Athletes United

Veterans and Athletes UnitedMission:
Empower all generations of veterans with disabilities and honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
This is a two-fold mission. VAU will establish a US War memorial to honor the ultimate sacrifice of our distinguished Veterans. VAU will also empower severely wounded, injured, and ill Veterans of all wars and their families to overcome their challenges through established Veterans Retreats and Recreational Athletics.

Completing the Mission
When a veteran is first wounded, injured or ill they go through a lengthy process of healing which is unique for every individual. We at VAU personally understand this all too well. We found that through recreation, athletics and wellness retreats this recovery process is greatly improved. Participating in a sport or activity you have been told you may never do again or staying at a retreat with others who are going through similar situation, learning and growing from our brothers in arms. These are life changing experiences that we at VAU are dedicated to providing for numerous veterans with disabilities of all wars and caregiver family members.

Wellness Retreats
Every disabled veteran and caregiver that filters through our retreats is provided numerous resources and advocacy through a trained staff of disabled veterans, caregivers and professional mentors.
We are partnered with many private donors and nonprofits to provide many accessible wellness retreats located in Outer Banks NC, serene Lowcountry of Beauford SC, Boone NC and Carolina Beach NC. VAU has an established lake house HQ retreat in Richmond Virginia and currently working on a location in the Colorado Rockies.
The VAU lake house retreat is located in southern Richmond Virginia minutes from Hunter McGuire VA and downtown. It is situated in a peaceful private area on a large open lake. Through our partnership with Hunter McGuire VA (Polytrauma, Spinal Cord Injury in & outpatient and long term living departments) we provide severely disabled veterans and their families the opportunity for relaxation, camaraderie and healing. Outside referrals are welcomed from individuals, nonprofits, Fisher House and other VAs. Short and long term lodging for high impact healing is available to veterans and caregivers. The Retreat hosts monthly BBQ and fishing events for all disabled Veterans in the community. We hold open houses for newly injured veterans to provide resources and a first hand view of an accessible universally designed home to prepare them for their return home.

Recreation and Athletics
We provide opportunities to disabled veterans through a series of service partnerships and internal programs. These partnerships present our Veterans with athletic and recreational challenges to empower them to achieve athletic goals beyond their disabilities.

-Marathon Training, Exercise Programs/Massage Therapy Kayaking,
-Horseback Riding, Weapons, Marksmanship, Skiing,
-Adaptive Sports, Athletic Camps/Retreats Golfing
-Scuba Lessons, Surfing/Body Boarding Hunting
-Skydiving Jetpak, Adventures Fishing
-Sailing, Rock Climbing, Yoga

VAU offers many types of loaner adaptive sporting equipment or to be used at the retreat:
-Fredom 6×6 outdoor power chair
-Adaptive hunting/fishing gear
-TrackFab tank chair
-Adaptive Kayak
VAU sponsors disabled veterans to attend recreational sporting events such as the Winter Sports Clinic and National Veterans Wheelchair games . Funding support for travel and lodging can be the decisive point in encouraging a disabled veteran to participate in a new athletic experience that puts them on a path to better recovery.


James Howard (President)


Veterans and Athletes United
2536 Falkirk Dr
Northern Chesterfield Va 23236

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