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400 disabled Veterans to take on Snowmass Mountain for adaptive sports challenge


WHAT: The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, presented by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Disabled American Veterans (DAV), serves as a world leader in adaptive winter sports instruction for disabled Veterans and promotes world-class health care and rehabilitation. Veterans experience opportunities for self-development and challenge through sports therapy and leisure activities such as adaptive Alpine and Nordic skiing, rock climbing, sled hockey, scuba diving and other adaptive activities.


WHEN & WHERE: March 29 – April 3 in Snowmass Village, Colorado.


WHO: Since 1987, the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic has served thousands of disabled Veterans living with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments, certain neurological conditions and other disabilities. Participation is open to U.S. military service Veterans from all eras ranging from WWII to Iraq and Afghanistan.


WHY: The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic has helped many disabled Veterans overcome obstacles and challenge their perceived limitations. The clinic helps them to recognize the physical and mental healing that skiing and other winter sports can provide to increase their confidence and independence. Each year, hundreds of Veterans attend from across the country, along with 200 certified disabled ski instructors and members of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team.


ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Interviews, b-roll, photos and other media opportunities are available leading up to and including the week of the event.


For more information contact Jennifer Dikes at, 385-227-2906, Jennifer.Dikes@va.gov or Todd Hunter at 202-314-5219, THunter@dav.org.

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