Nonprofit organization KaBOOM has entered into a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide play equipment such as Imagination Playground and Rigamajigs to VA medical centers and Fisher Houses nationwide.
CarMax, KaBOOM’s corporate sponsor for the initiative, will help install four playgrounds and award 30 grants for Imagination Playgrounds and Rigamajigs in efforts to accommodate children of veteran families visiting the facilities, VA said Tuesday.
The department said it worked with the nonprofit to determine which VA facilities and Fisher Houses will have the play spaces.
“When Veterans are dealing with a serious illness or injury, it can be incredibly stressful for their families, especially those with young children,” said VA Secretary Robert McDonald.
“Creating play spaces in Fisher Houses and VA facilities will help ensure kids can experience balanced and active play so they can thrive and enjoy the childhood they deserve,” added James Siegal, KaBOOM CEO.
The initiative aims to reach 85,000 children within its first three years in support of the MyVA initiative.