Wounded Warrior Project Connects Veterans to Adaptive Sports

Krishen Iyer formerly served as the CEO of Iyer Health Shield, a California-based consulting firm. Since stepping down as the CEO, he has focused on real estate development projects. To give back to his community, Krishen Iyer also supports several philanthropic organizations, including Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), on which many wounded veterans and their families rely for a range of mental, physical, and social health services. 

In an initiative referred to as the Independence Program and spearheaded by a veteran paralyzed from the chest down who has used adaptive sports to restore his self-confidence, WWP has recently begun developing adaptive sports opportunities to get wounded veterans more involved with their local communities. Adaptive sports allow individuals with disabilities to take place in activities they once loved or explore new passions.

WWP has already created opportunities for rock climbing, volleyball, basketball, sled hockey, and more. As more individuals participate, the list of available sports continues to grow. The Independence Program focuses on veterans with neurological issues and severe brain and spinal cord injuries. Adaptive sports help these individuals develop a sense of independence and self-reliance.