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Four decades ago, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launched the National Veterans Wheelchair Games with only seven events. Now, video gaming, or esports, will become the newest medal event at this summer’s games.
But Jamie Kaplan, a recreational therapist at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida, has been on the forefront of video game therapy for a decade. In the facility’s gaming room, he has every system from Atari to Xbox One – all modified for disabled veterans.