Challenge America expands to assist Northeast Ohio veterans, Israel Defense Forces veterans

U.S. soldiers are well aware that when they sign up to serve their country, they could sacrifice more than their time. Their health and bodies can become collateral damage in the country’s never-ending quest to defend itself. And while there are many organizations and programs to assist veterans, sometimes those who suffer injuries need more or specialized assistance. One organization, Challenge America, is bringing a program to the Cleveland area to try to help some Northeast Ohio veterans with specialized needs and the organization is also expanding the program to assist some Israel Defense Forces veterans, too.

Challenge America was started in Aspen, Colo. but now operates internationally, has programs helping veterans with music therapy and the Military Sisterhood Program, which supports veteran women, but the organization is bringing a different program to the Cleveland area, with a goal of assisting both Northeast Ohio veterans and now, Israeli veterans, too.

The program is Challenge America’s Makers for Veterans – shortened to CAMVETS by the organization – and in Cleveland it will be a partnership between Challenge America, VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System, BioEnterprise and Cleveland Clinic involving a collaborative process between the development team, made up of volunteer engineers, designers and other professionals, as well as the veteran, who has a voice in the process.

Maggie TolanComment