Military and Veterans

To learn more about the Paralympic Military Program review the Military and Veterans Resource page. 


The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee supports military veterans with physical and visual impairments in their efforts to represent Team USA at the Paralympic Games and other international competitions. Wounded and ill veterans who demonstrate exceptional sport skills and the commitment necessary to pursue elite-level competition are given guidance on securing the training, support and coaching needed to qualify for Team USA and achieve their Paralympic dreams. 

Through a partnership with the Veterans Affairs, the VA National Veterans Sport Programs & Special Events Office helps to provide a monthly assistance allowance for disabled Veterans of the Armed Forces, as authorized by section 703 of the Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2008. Through the program, the VA will pay a monthly allowance to a Veteran with a service-connected or non-service-connected disability if the veteran is classified in the sport and meets the minimum military standard or any high standard (i.e. emerging, national team) in his/her respective sport at a recognized competition. Athletes must also have established training and competition plans and are responsible for turning in monthly and quarterly reports in order to continue receiving the monthly assistance allowance. 

Continue reading about the program by reviewing the Veterans Monthly Assistance Allowance page. 


To be eligible for the training allowance, all athletes must remain in compliance with all of the following criteria: 

  • Athlete must be classified within an eligible classification in the sport.
  • Athlete must be training within the sport of boccia.
  • Athlete must be in good standing with the sport's governing body. 

In addition to the above criteria, athletes must achieve at least one (1) of the following criteria to be eligible for the Veteran's training allowance: 

  • Compete at the 2022 National Boccia Championships in an Individual division and place in the top seven (7) in your classification or compete in the Team/Pairs division and place in the top five (5) in their classification at the competition. 

Eligible classifications and play type: 

  • Individual:
    • BC1
    • BC2
    • BC3
    • BC4
  • Team/Pairs
    • Team
    • BC3 Pairs
    • BC4 Pairs

NOTE: BC5 and Open divisions have not been authorized at the international level and therefore do not meet requirements for allowance.