SJR 11: Relating to urging that the 2006 National Veterans Wheelchair Games be held in Anchorage, Alaska.
00 SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 11 01 Relating to urging that the 2006 National Veterans Wheelchair Games be held in 02 Anchorage, Alaska. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS wheelchair sports play an important role in the lives of disabled people; 05 and 06 WHEREAS the National Veterans Wheelchair Games is a multi-event sports and 07 rehabilitation program for military service veterans who use wheelchairs for sports 08 competitions due to spinal cord injuries, amputations, or certain neurological problems; and 09 WHEREAS the National Veterans Wheelchair Games provide opportunities for 10 newly disabled veterans to gain sports skills and be exposed to other wheelchair athletes; and 11 WHEREAS the National Veterans Wheelchair Games is the largest annual wheel 12 chair sporting event in the world; and 13 WHEREAS the United States Department of Veterans Affairs sponsored the National 14 Veterans Wheelchair Games from 1981 through 1984; and 15 WHEREAS, since 1985, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed 16 Veterans of America have co-sponsored the National Veterans Wheelchair Games; and
01 WHEREAS the 2002 National Veterans Wheelchair Games drew more than 500 02 competing veterans; and 03 WHEREAS the sponsors are tentatively planning to hold the 2006 National Veterans 04 Wheelchair Games in Anchorage, Alaska; and 05 WHEREAS 550 to 600 disabled veterans are expected to participate in the week-long 06 2006 National Veterans Wheelchair Games events; and 07 WHEREAS the 2006 National Veterans Wheelchair Games are expected to bring 08 approximately 1,300 to 1,500 visitors to Anchorage in the form of participants and their 09 families alone; and 10 WHEREAS the 2006 National Veterans Wheelchair Games are anticipated to bring 11 millions of dollars into Alaska's economy over the week-long course of the games; 12 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges Anthony J. Principi, 13 Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Joseph L. Fox, Sr., President of the Paralyzed Veterans of 14 America to hold the 2006 National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Anchorage, Alaska. 15 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Anthony Principi, United 16 States Secretary of Veterans Affairs; to Joseph L. Fox, Sr., President, Paralyzed Veterans of 17 America; and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Lisa Murkowski, U.S. 18 Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska 19 delegation in Congress.