April 1, 2013
The injuries that soldiers suffer in the line of duty often have devastating effects on their physical and mental state. To help the growing number of veterans now facing these struggles, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) kicked off the 27th annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colorado, last night.
A press release from the U.S. Department of Defense explained how more than 400 participants would take part in a range of activities designed to build confidence, as well as develop mental and physical strength throughout the five-day event. The VA assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs, Tommy Sowers, states that most of the veterans taking part in the event suffered injuries during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Many also are recipients of Colorado Veterans Disability Benefits due to conditions including spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, and neurological conditions.
Veterans will each try activities like skiing, scuba diving, rock climbing, snowmobiling, and sled hockey. Advocates of the program claim the skills and knowledge taken away by those who participate in the clinic will carry over into the remainder of their rehabilitation process and likely into the rest of their lives as well.
The Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers at McDivitt Law Firm would encourage any soldier or veteran who is considered disabled to consider attending or participating in this exciting annual event!