Military and Veterans

Brad Snyder
Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Brad Snyder, a naval academy graduate who was blinded in 2011 by an improvised explosive device, won two gold medals and one silver medal in swimming at the Paralympic Games London 2012.
Kari Miller
Kari Miller, a U.S. Army veteran, had both her legs amputated after she was hit by a drunk driver. She won three Paralympic medals, including one gold in sitting volleyball. 

Launched by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee in 2004, the Paralympic Military Program uses Paralympic sport opportunities to support wounded, ill and injured American service members and veterans, including those with amputations, traumatic brain injuries and visual impairments. Through camps and clinics held year-round across the country, service members and veterans are introduced to Paralympic sport techniques and opportunities, including local and regional competitions, and are also connected to ongoing Paralympic sport programs in their communities.

Through partnerships with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the work of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee has impacted the lives of thousands of wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. Over 2,000 athletes are annually served directly by the Paralympic Military Program with thousands more enabled by the connections the program has provided them. 

Athletes who are interested in pursuing competition at the highest levels, including becoming a member of the U.S. Paralympic Team, are encouraged not only to become involved with local opportunities but also to fill out the Paralympic Identified Athlete Questionnaire. Once the questionnaire is completed, a member of the U.S. Paralympics staff will follow-up with information.

The Paralympic Military Program is sponsored in part by Defense Support of Civil Authorities, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Homeland Defense & Americas' Security Affairs. The content of these pages does not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Government and no official endorsement should be inferred.