Thanks for helping our vets |

Thanks for helping our vets

Last week, close to 350 disabled veterans came to Snowmass Village for a week of recreational therapy, including downhill and cross-country skiing, trap shooting, horseback riding, fishing, scuba diving and hand-cycling.

Hundreds of volunteers from the Roaring Fork Valley helped out – some taking vacation time to offer their time to these special veterans – exemplifying America’s gratitude for the sacrifices they have made to protect our country. Without this outpouring of support we could not have had such a successful event.

Many thanks to the media – including KSNO, KSPN, KNFO, KAJX and Channel 16, The Aspen Times, Aspen Daily News, Snowmass Sun and the Valley Journal, who helped us in not only recruiting volunteers, but bringing this special event and its inspirational stories to the attention of the community.

Everyone involved was impressed by the courage these veterans demonstrated, not only overcoming their disabilities – which ranged from triple amputees to totally blind – but in taking on the mountain in some truly extraordinary skiing.

The cities of Snowmass, Aspen, Basalt, and Carbondale should be proud of the support their businesses and residents showed in welcoming the Disabled American Veterans, Winter Sports Clinic.

A special thanks to the Aspen Elks who unloaded wheelchairs, walkers and other equipment upon arrival and departure from the Aspen airport (what a scene!), and provided barbeque lunches at the Basalt trap shooting range and at Sopris Therapy each day of the week-long event.

We look forward to seeing all of you next year when the Winter Sports Clinic returns.

Mary Kenyon

Development Director

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