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‘Miracles on a Mountainside’ returns for the 31st Year
Nearly 400 injured veterans and active-duty military members joined volunteers and leading medical and rehabilitative professionals from across the nation for the 31st National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, March 26-31 in Snowmass Village (near Aspen), Colorado. This year’s event turned out to be another great success.
The event, hosted by Department of Veterans Affairs and DAV, is made possible by strategic corporate partnerships, nonprofit organizations and individual donors.
“The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is a life-changing event for the Veterans who participate,” said Dr. David J. Shulkin, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “I am inspired by our Veterans and equally inspired by our staff, who coach and encourage them to dream beyond their imagination, draw from their inner strength and use this clinic to showcase their resilience and courage.”
“Involvement in this event has been life changing for me,” said DAV National Commander David Riley, a past-participant and quadruple amputee Coast Guard Veteran. “This event helped me redefine the perceived limitations I had after losing my limbs. And it does the same thing for hundreds of my fellow veterans every year.”
The five-day clinic consisted of downhill and cross-country ski lessons, a challenge race, adaptive sports workshops and educational classes, plus sponsored and self-directed alternate activities such as scuba diving, sled hockey, a climbing wall and other activities.
West Virginia veteran Adam Greathouse was recognized with the DAV Freedom Award for Outstanding Courage and Achievement during the event’s closing ceremony.
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