VMI gives military athletes a lift

Monday, July 2, 2018

PHOENIX – Vantage Mobility International served the military community for two weeks in June for the Department of Defense’s Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. For the second year in a row, VMI, a manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles, was a sponsor of the Games, providing accessible transportation for athletes and coaches. This year, 14 VMI drivers used seven minivans to transport dozens of active-duty service members and veteran athletes for a total of 8,273 miles. VMI remained on-call to offer transportation 16 hours a day for 14 days to bring participants to competitions, practice fields and six hotels. An additional two-dozen VMI employees worked behind the scenes to ship, prepare and maintain vehicles, coordinate logistics, and juggle all the accounting, production and operation needs to keep vehicles running. The DoD Warrior Games were established in 2010 to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members and expose them to adaptive sports. In 2018, more than 300 athletes competed from all branches of the U.S. Military, as well as armed forces from the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. The competition awarded 608 medals to athletes in 11 sports including archery, cycling, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, powerlifting, wheelchair basketball and more.