GREENVILLE—GHS’ Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to support recreational therapy opportunities for veterans.
The $80,000 grant will help cover costs of veterans participating in the hospital’s various recreational therapy activities. It also will support the addition of a recreational therapist who will work closely with RCP patients who are veterans.
“We are pleased to accept this grant and look forward to using it to complement our work with veterans,” said Stan Healy, senior administrator for GHS’ Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital. “The grant will also help us reach more veterans.”
RCP uses a variety of recreation and leisure activities as a form of treatment to restore or improve physical, cognitive, social and emotional functioning. The hospital has adaptive equipment to assist amputees and others who have experienced life-changing injuries participate in water sports, golf, tennis, cycling and sled hockey.
Supporting veterans is a special GHS focus. Driving simulator exercises tested by Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research and DriveSafety in conjunction with work at GHS’ Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital assists veterans who have experienced combat-related injuries return to driving. GHS provides a team of medical volunteers to assist Honor Flight Upstate during its trips to Washington with World War II and Korean War veterans. GHS Peace House provides lodging for veterans and other patients participating in outpatient rehabilitation services. RCP also supports veterans by partnering with the residents of Keowee Key to host Marines participating in “Honoring Their Service,” which is 3 ½ days of recreational therapy and respite.
GHS is involved in clinical research related to veterans, too.