C-DEL (Cause Digital Entertainment Library)
Cause's C-DEL ("movie cart") program provides wounded warriors and their caregivers free and easy access to a comprehensive selection of DVDs and video games as they are recuperating in military hospitals. Often the only source of free entertainment on military posts, the C-DEL is one of the most popular Cause programs.
Since the first C-DEL branch opened at Walter Reed in 2005, over 330,000 lending transactions have been recorded.
How Does it Help?
In addition to being popular entertainment, video games also have therapeutic value. Recent studies have shown that playing video games can activate the parasympathetic nervous system and reduce heightened tension related to stress. There is even research showing that playing Tetris, a puzzle video game, may reduce PTSD flashbacks. The greatest value of our C-DEL program, however, lies in the interaction that occurs between wounded warriors and the members of the local community who volunteer to staff it.
Where is it Offered?
Cause currently has C-DELs set up in the following locations:
- Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Bethesda, MD)
- Balboa Naval Medical Center (San Diego, CA)
- Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (Landstuhl, Germany)
You can view our online catalog here.