M1 for Vets Project is a Non-Profit Organization which is dedicated to providing Combat Injured Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and the Global War on Terror (GWT) the opportunity to compete in National, Regional and Local marksmanship competitions and training.
To accomplish the Project provides logistical and financial support to complete this mission. The Adaptive Marksmanship Program is a core part of the M1 for Vets Project which provides the opportunity and skills to compete in National, Regional and Local marksmanship competitions and training venues. This Project includes a high level of training, competition, camaraderie, and healing for these competitors, which allows for our veterans to recover mentally and physically from their injuries and helps them to reintegrate back into society.
Some have asked how specifically we are able to have our veterans, many with severe physical disabilities, shoot at competitive events and get scores that are competitive with some of the best shooters in the world at Camp Perry. The answer to this question is the dedication, drive, and the level of commitment these veterans show to achieving their goals of recovery, marksmanship, and the desire to not let their disabilities hold them back from what they want. To further help these veterans M1 for Vets petitioned for the
below rule modification to allow those veterans who are physically unable to handle the positional changes of three position high-power competitive shooting.
The following rule change was implemented in 2010, prior to this rule change, these Veteran shooters scores would not be considered due to the fact that they did not ”stand” to sit or lay back down in the rapid fire stages of these matches.
CMP RULE 8.1.6 Enacted January 2010 (click here to go to the CMP website)
Special Exception: In recognition of their extreme sacrifice to our country, military or former military members who were awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat that resulted in partial or complete loss (or replacement)of lower extremities, will be allowed to remain in position for rapid fire stages, and still be eligible to earn EIC points and win National Trophies.
Competitors who start rapid-fire stages in position must load on command. They may not shoulder the rifle until the targets rise and they may not fire a shot until after a shooter who was standing fires the first shot.