The Oscar Mike Compound is a 9,000 sq. ft. facility located on a 210-acre lake just east of Rockford, IL. It is a fully accessible home with 17 beds, an adaptive weight-training room, and outdoor sports court. The Compound serves as our home base for the ONLY all-Veteran wheelchair rugby team – the Oscar Mike Militia. It is also the location for our weekly programming. Each week, from March through October, the Oscar Mike Compound plays host to numerous injured Veterans as they participate in no less than 9 rigorous, heart pumping activities, adapted to their capabilities.
The sole purpose of the programming week is to show them there are no limits to what they can do!
THE WEEKLY PROGRAM INCLUDES:
Basic Nutrition and Meal Planning with grocery shopping to start off the week
Adaptive Workouts in the weight training room each night
Flight Lessons in a Cessna with guidance from the instructors
UTV Driving in a Polaris RZR 1000 off-road vehicle adapted with hand-controls
Firearm Shooting using custom rifles on a known distance range
Kayaking, Paddling Boarding, and Fishing from the 260 ft of lakefront access
Equestrian Therapy at BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding
Skydiving out of a perfectly good airplane at Skydive Midwest or iFly Chicago for inclement weather conditions
Adaptive Triathlon to include a swim/kayak, cycle or hand cycle, and run/push. Distances are determined by athlete abilities
On the last evening of the program there is a “thanksgiving” family meal with the Oscar Mike staff where stories of the week are shared, and strong bonds forged. The ultimate outcome of the week is to equip each athlete with the knowledge and motivation to remain Oscar Mike in all aspects of their lives!