"This was the first place I felt totally accepted with my brain injury. I really understand why everyone comes back each year. It was a truly uplifting experience.”
- Diane Bekel
“One of the best experiences of my life as a paraplegic. The opportunity to play golf and participate in so many sporting activities gave me a brighter outlook on the future. Words cannot express the appreciation I have for the Iowa VA and everyone that supports this clinic. I can't wait until next year!”
- Jim Lewis
For those interested in applying as a Veteran participant, please review the qualifying disabilities listed below. If you have a qualifying disability please review the informational letter below and download a Veteran participant application below. The application window for Veteran participants is from January 22nd – May 1st, 2024.
All the activities offered by the NDVGC office will give Veterans an opportunity to develop new skills, strengthen their self-esteem, and expand fellowship and camaraderie among the participants. The event provides eligible Veterans with an opportunity to participate in therapeutic adaptive sporting and other recreational activities; which demonstrates that having a visual impairment or physical disability is a conquerable obstacle to an active, fulfilling and rewarding life.
Qualifying disabilities include:
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
Limb-loss or amputations
CVA with Residual
Common disabilities that do not qualify include:
Degenerative Joint Disease
Low Back Pain
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
All disabilities are subject to review the by National Disabled Veterans Golf Clinic medical director and program director. If you have any questions related to qualifying disabilities please contact Nick Beelner at (319) 358-5963 or Nicholas.Beelner@va.gov.