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To continue the improvement of veterans’ physical and psychological health, the VA of Western New York Healthcare System is using an uncommon sport to achieve those goals.

Area veterans are participating in an archery clinic Sunday in Alden and it’s all about enjoying camaraderie and competition.

Pamela Kaznowski, the recreation therapy manager, says being outside is very therapeutic.

“Some of our veterans may have PTSD; some of our veterans may have a physical disability, an emotional disability,” she said. “It’s also a time where some of our vets are bringing out their family members, so it’s a time for them to engage in such a healthy activity with their sons, their daughters, their wives.”

It’s not a traditional team sport clinic like basketball or volleyball, but Kasnowski says she heard from veterans who specifically wanted to do archery and make it a team sport.

"They’re going to go out into the woods,” Kasnowski said, “and they’re going to see some of the veterans they have known or may not have known, and it’s a way to reconnect with old friends, meet some new friends and it’s a type of activity everyone can participate in as well.”

Kaznowski says it’s a great event for veterans in wheelchairs and with other physical disabilities because of the flat terrain.

There’s still time for veterans to sign up. Go to buffalo.va.gov for more information.

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