Miracles on a Mountainside

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March 30 – April 4, 2014

Snowmass Village, Colo.


The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic will be back on the mountainside in Snowmass Village, Colo., this April. For almost 30 years, alongside a cohort of dedicated sponsors who help make the event possible, DAV and the Department of Veterans Affairs have co-hosted this life-changing sports rehabilitation clinic for our nation’s ill and injured veterans.

Nearly 400 veterans and active-duty service members participated in the 2013 clinic. With skiing, snowboarding, hockey, kayaking and a number of other sports and activities, the clinic is a solid week of mettle testing and courage finding. Some participants faced physical challenges after losing a limb during their time in service, others battled the debilitating effects of illness, and many fought to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder or the lingering symptoms of traumatic brain injury.

Each year, these men and women prove to themselves that these injuries and illnesses do not define who they are. During its 28-year history, the clinic has helped thousands of our nation’s finest by offering the challenges and support veterans need to overcome mental and physical obstacles.

It is a powerful and often emotional journey for participants and volunteers alike. For many, the clinic is the first time these men and women have dared to take on adaptive sports since becoming injured or falling ill, and it changes their perception of what is possible and attainable in their lives.

Disabled veterans receiving care at a VA medical facility, as well as injured or ill active-duty personnel, can request initial information and registration packets by calling 970-263-5040.