Adaptive Sports Foundation

Windham, N.Y.

CharityNavigator score: 92.34 out of 100

Percent of total expenses spent on programs and services: 77.1%

It isn't strictly a veterans group, but the The Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) helps adults and children with physical and cognitive disabilities and chronic illnesses through outdoor physical activity, education and support.

ASF students as young as five deal with mild learning disabilities, paralysis, autism, amputation, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury. However, it does have a veteran-specific Warriors In Motion program in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior Project that includes spa retreats, sports weekends, ski weekends, golf, cycling, paddling and Tough Mudder obstacle races. There's even a 12-week residential competition program for Paralympic-eligible athletes.

Yes, it basically gives wounded veterans some time on Windham Mountain in the Catskills, but it also gives them a way to reclaim a portion of their life from before their injury and a way to enjoy life from this point on. Considering what they've given, it's tough to say they haven't earned it.

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