Military / Veterans Programs

TRFA’s Wounded Warrior Veteran rower in action! ~photo by Veronica Scheer

TRFA’s Wounded Warrior Veteran rower in action! ~photo by Veronica Scheer

Texas Rowing For All-Paralympic Sport Austin is a 501(3) (C) organization. Texas Rowing For All (TRFA) serves one of the largest concentrations of disabled veterans and service members in the USA including Fort Sam Houston, Center for Intrepid, BAMC, Fort Hood, local VA, Purple Heart Foundation and Travis County Veteran Services.

Our mission focuses on enriching and transforming lives of veterans; service members and citizens with disabilities through active water sports-including rowing, SUP, canoeing, and kayaking. 

Through sports participation, veterans & others with disabilities can gain meaningful new identities; heighten self-confidence; increase self worth; independence; have a sense of accomplishment; and prepare for new challenges in life.  This is especially true for disabled service personnel.


Project Scope of Verteran Activities

Vets rowing in synchrocity at TRFA! ~photo: Veronica Scheer

Vets rowing in synchrocity at TRFA! ~photo: Veronica Scheer

TRFA has a strong and prosperous track record of working in close collaboration with veterans and military organizations and individuals. The focus of the effort is to expand outreach and provide services through the Texas Rowing For All (TRFA) Adaptive Rowing program for disabled veterans & military. The catchment area includes, Austin, Kileen and the greater San Antonio area. 

TRFA partners with and has astrong collaboration in place with the Travis County Veteran’s Services, Purple Heart Project, VA Outpatient Clinics, and auxiliary organizations as well as community & military organizations and resources that support veterans with various disabilities including spinal cord injuries, PTSD,  amputees, burn victims and veterans / service members with traumatic brain injuries.  Additionally, TFRA has and will continue to recruit to Fort Hood with it’s 93,000 military personnel and collaborate and recruit with area veteran groups and active military in the San Antonio area, which has the largest concentrations of military facilities in the United States encompassing Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, Brooks City-Base, Camp Bullis and Camp Stanley.

TRFA has a strong track record of collaboration and continues to provide programming for and with the Center for the Intrepid (CFI) and Brooke Army Medical Center.  TRFA provides presentations to groups such as the City of Austin-Mayor’s Council of People with Disabilities, DAV groups, Purple Heart participants, and others to assist with identifying veterans in the community.

Texas Rowing For All offers regular, frequent rowing and paddling activities on a year-around basis, as well as special events to help veterans to become aware of adaptive sports available in the Central Texas area.  Weekly sessions are offered during daylight hours, 12 months a year at the Texas Rowing Center on Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas.  Each week up to four rowing and paddling sessions are planned to be offered to TRFA participants.

Disabled Veterans & military service members have opportunities to compete and hone their skills under the guidance of  certified rowing coaches.  Sessions typically utilize & feature  drills, technique building & rationale, verbal and video-tapped feedback to heighten the rowing progression.


Texas Rowing For All & U.S.O.C / US Paralympics: A Strong Partnership with Results!

Warrior Veteran works it out on the Erg! -photo Veronica Scheer  

Warrior Veteran works it out on the Erg! -photo Veronica Scheer

 

Texas Rowing For All continues a close and productive relationship with the United States Olympic Center / Paralympic Division to serve active military, wounded warriors and veterans.  In 2009, Texas Rowing For All was designated  “Paralympic Sport Club-Austin” by USOC.  TRFA has been on the leading edge of best practices in adaptive rowing and has hosted many National adaptive rowing events, including the United States Military Sports Games for active service members and veterans from across the United States.  Additionally, Diane McDiarmid ( founder of TRFA) was a featured workshop speaker at the United States Olympic Committee / Paralympic “Amazing Leaders” conference held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2010.  TRFA has continued a strong relationship with US Paralympics and TRFA’s athletes have benefited.

Since 2009, TRFA~Paralympic Sport Austin has submitted and been received yearly grants to offer programming to Wounded Warriors and Veterans across the United States.  This has been National Military Camps, working closely with Central Texans who are veterans and the families who support these heros.  In 2012, the USOC again awarded a grant to TRFA. “USOC Paralympic Veteran Program” grant for 2012. 

Veteran's "stars & stripes" prosthetic left at the dock. ~photo: V. Scheer

Veteran's "stars & stripes" prosthetic left at the dock. ~photo: V. Scheer

Another Vet ready to get out of the chair & into the boat to row. ~photo: V. Scheer

Another Vet ready to get out of the chair & into the boat to row. ~photo: V. Scheer