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VA holding recreational therapy open house Thursday at Fort Harrison

Independent Record - 11/28/2023

Nov. 27—Montana VA Health Care System invites all Helena-area veterans to stop by the Fort Harrison VA Clinic (in the Rec Hall) for a recreational therapy open house 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.

The open house allows veterans to meet with staff and learn more about adaptive sports training, outdoor recreation (such as hiking, kayaking, etc.), indoor recreation, social programs, creative arts (painting, creative writing, etc.), the VA's adaptive sports and art programs, and other available resources (such as community organizations, the local library, senior centers, and city, state and national parks).

"Every veteran can increase their physical strengths and social engagement—regardless of age, mobility, and ability," said Michael Bassett, certified therapeutic recreation specialist.

Recreation therapy lets veterans get health and healing through adaptive sports, recreational options and therapeutic art programs. Programming can be individual or occur as a group. Recreational therapy has been linked to reduced stress and anxiety, improved adaptability, increased motor functioning and reasoning abilities, higher confidence, and the development of better strategies to master critical life skills.

For more information on Montana VA Health Care System's Recreational Therapy programs, veterans can call 406-447-7070.

Veterans can connect to their VA health care records, information and message their VA care teams 24 hours a day through the MyHealtheVet patient portal.

Montana VA serves over 47,000 enrolled veterans across Montana by a staff of 1,400 at 18 sites of care across the state.

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