Around 400 injured Veterans, military members and volunteers from across the nation will take part in the 31st National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, March 26-31, in Snowmass Village (near Aspen), Colo.
The event is hosted by DAV (Disabled American Veterans), a veterans’ service organization supporting injured veterans and their families, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). It is made possible by strategic corporate partnerships, nonprofit organizations and individual donors.
The clinic promotes rehabilitation through adaptive Alpine and Nordic skiing, rock climbing, wheelchair self-defense, sled hockey, scuba diving and other adaptive sports and activities. Studies show adaptive sports provide participants with physical and emotional benefits, including stress relief, reduced dependency on pain and depression medications and higher achievement in education and employment. The event has also been a starting point for numerous Paralympic athletes and is often referred to as “Miracles on a Mountainside.”
Participation is open to military service members and veterans with spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments, certain neurological problems and other disabilities.Veterans with inpatient or outpatient status at VA medical facilities receive first priority.
About the Department of Veterans Affairs
Serving Veterans and their families, VA’s mission is to fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. The United States has the most comprehensive system of assistance for veterans of any nation in the world. For more information, please visit www.va.gov.
DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; providing employment resources to veterans and their families and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a non-profit organization with 1.3 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U. S. Congress in 1932.