(Milwaukee) – The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) the nation’s largest federal workers union will join the Paralyzed Veterans of America and other civic and veterans service organizations in sponsoring the annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Milwaukee, June 19 – June 23, 2007. As well as representing 150,000 Veterans Affairs (VA) workers, AFGE represents hundreds of thousands of veterans throughout the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia, 40 percent of the union’s members are veterans.
“As an event sponsor AFGE continues to demonstrate its commitment to improving the quality of life for veterans with disabilities and fostering better health,” said AFGE District 7 Vice-President Dorothy James. James will take part in a special presentation Wednesday, June 13, 2007 where she will deliver a check to the Director of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. “We are committed to ensuring that these patriots continue to have empowering life experiences,” added James.
“Our members in the VA help these American heroes live more fulfilled, enriched lives everyday. We are proud to sponsor an event which gives veterans the opportunity to participate in such a worthwhile experience,” said John Gage, AFGE national president.
The multi-event sports and rehabilitation program is scheduled for June 19 – June 23, 2007. The games’ participants are military service veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations, or certain neurological conditions. VA officials expect more than 500 participants in this year’s games, making it the largest annual wheelchair sporting event in the world.