More than 300 Veterans are coming together for the 25th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, which is being held at Snowmass Village, Colorado, according to a press release on the website of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The Winter Sports Clinic began on March 27, and will go on until April 1. It will provide all wounded Veterans with “the opportunity to learn life changing skills through rehabilitative sporting events,” according to the press release.
VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said: “The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic challenges Veterans to move beyond their personal comfort zones and answer ‘What’s possible?’… These disabled Veterans inspire all of us both this week and the other 51 weeks of the year.”
The opening ceremony was held on Sunday, and the occasion had a surprise visit from Vice President Joe Biden, who expressed his gratitude to the Veterans for their service. The Vice President also visited with Veterans and volunteers on Sunday and Monday.
The Sports Clinic is a joint effort by the VA and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). It is open to all U.S. military Veterans who suffered from spinal cord injuries or disease, visual impairments, and orthopedic amputations, among other disabilities, who are receiving care at a VA health care facility. The clinic is hosted annually by the Grand Junction, Colorado, VA Medical Center, and the VA Rocky Mountain Network.
DAV National Commander Wallace E. Tyson said: “The DAV is proud to partner with the VA to build on a quarter of a century of successfully bettering the lives of disabled Veterans through this clinic… For the thousands of men and women who have accepted the challenges of this mountainside, a new window has opened on the possibilities of life after sickness and devastating injury.”