2012 County Receives Grant to Assist Wounded Warriors


The Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association as part of the 2012 Parks: Return & Restore program.  This grant will provide funding for Operation WOW! - Wellness Opportunities for Warriors.  Operation WOW! is a sport and physical activity club for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.

“This funding will allow us to expand our Operation WOW! program by providing a family programming component and by recruiting injured service members not affiliated with a Warrior Transition Unit,” says Chris Leonard, Director of the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services.  “We are proud to be part of an initiative that supports the men and women who have protected and served our country and assists them with participating in physical and wellness activities in their community.” 

The grant funding for this program is awarded by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, through funding provided by Veterans Affairs. The grants are provided to facilitate the growth of Paralympic sport programming for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.

In its third year, Parks: Return & Restore works to establish and expand park and recreation programs that provide sport and recreation programs for injured service members and veterans. This is the third consecutive year that Neighborhood and Community Services has received funding from these organizations to support Operation WOW!

For more information about Operation WOW! please contact Robyn Mitchell at  (703) 324-5553, TTY 711 or robyn.mitchell@fairfaxcounty.gov

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