F7 Group and Challenge America Military Opportunities (CAMO) welcomed all Dallas-area veterans and their families to the inaugural CAMO Family Fitness Day, Saturday, January 19, 2013, on the field of iconic Cowboys Stadium.
Dr. Mehment Oz, host of the nationally syndicated Emmy award winning “The Dr. Oz Show” joined in with an expanding multi-disciplinary team of experts and organizations participating in the event. Dr. Oz was joined by Dallas-area health professionals and provided information and support to active duty military, veterans and their families on health issues.
Part festival and part educational and support program, CAMO Dallas linked returning military veterans with experts, organizations and groups who can help them with health, employment, housing, education, family, emotional and other issues military veterans face as they transition from combat and active duty back into mainstream life. Local sports celebrities also will be in attendance and will participate with attendees in fun sports activities. The day ended with a family-style picnic and evening concert on the field, hosted by music legends and CAMO Honorary Co-founders Vince Gill and Amy Grant. The event was open to all active-duty military, veterans and their families.
“Big things happen when we are willing to dream big dreams. Serving our veterans is a big responsibility and will require us to think outside the box and connect all of the dots between our individual efforts. CAMO Dallas in such a place as Cowboys Stadium is a big dream, and Vince and I are honored to be a part of it,” said Amy Grant.
In addition to the Saturday event, Challenge America and the F7 Group, a Female Veteran and Women of Military Family focused support organization, sponsored a transitional workshop and reception for women of the military, held at The Ballpark in Arlington~Ranger Stadium.
“Dr. Oz has been a tireless advocate for the physical and emotional health of our returning military veterans, and we are so pleased he joined our team in working with our military and veterans here in Texas,” said Houston Cowan, CEO and founder of CAMO. “Many returning veterans face critical physical and mental health challenges when they leave the military, and it is vital that they have ready access to the resources and support they need for themselves and their families when they return home.”
CAMO Dallas was the first of five events Challenge America will stage across the country to assist veterans with transitional issues. While the setting is festive and fun, the ultimate goal of the effort is to connect military, veterans and their families to the communities of care across the country. Other CAMO events will be held in Florida, California, Virginia and North Carolina, states that join Texas in having the nation’s highest concentrations of active duty military and veterans. Honorary chairpersons for the events include former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalyn Carter.
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