The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic has kicked off its 27th year in Snowmass, Colorado. Nearly 400 disabled Veterans from across the country have gathered for the premier adaptive winter sports instruction for Veterans and active duty servicemen and women with disabilities.
It seems little can stop Veterans competing this year, as they manage traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments, and other disabilities up on the mountain.
There’s a lot to be gained from the clinic. Not only do Veterans get out of the house and learn ways to stay active, but they also form lifelong bonds with fellow Vets who intimately know the challenges and successes of living with a disability. Cross country and Alpine skiing, rock climbing, scuba diving, kayaking, trapshooting, and snowmobiling are a few of the sports they will engage in this week.
You can follow along all week as disabled Vets hit the slopes. Be sure to follow @VAAdaptiveSport on Twitter using #NDVWSC. And be sure to keep up with our Flickr feed, which will be updated with photos of the event. Check out photos from last year’s event for a preview.