National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic - Snowmass Village, Colorado

National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic

About the Clinic

The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, sponsored by DAV and the VA, is a world-leader in adaptive winter sports instruction for U.S. military Veterans and active duty servicemen and women with disabilities. Set in stunning Snowmass, Colorado, the clinic celebrates its 31st year, bringing nearly 400 Veterans with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments, certain neurological conditions, and other injuries to the mountain.

Participating veterans, seriously wounded while protecting our freedom, have an opportunity to pack more miracles into the weeklong, life-changing event than they ever dreamed possible. They are reminded of the wonder and achievement life still has to offer, despite their profound disabilities. After conquering a snow-covered mountainside, everyday challenges of life seem much more surmountable for these participants who've lost a limb or sight, or endure paralysis.

Our veterans draw inner strength from this experience of a lifetime and use it to overcome life's challenges head-on when they return home. They also inspire those without disabilities to catch their spirit and go after their dreams. After conquering a snow-covered mountainside, everyday challenges of life seem much more surmountable for these participants who've lost a limb or sight, or endure paralysis.

For more information, visit http://miracles.dav.org.

How You Can Help

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"It's amazing how one event can do so much to convince a person how much they are truly capable of, and I know these men and women will carry with them throughout the rest of the year." —DAV National Adjutant J. Marc Burgess

America is a land of prosperity, extraordinary opportunity, and unsurpassed freedom, thanks to the service and sacrifices of generations of Veterans. Your support of the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is a powerful statement of your appreciation for countless Veterans who have served to protect the liberties Americans enjoy today. We encourage you to join us at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic and discover for yourself why so many wonderful and respected sponsors wouldn't miss this annual event. Team up with hundreds of enthusiastic Veterans as they make their own miracles on a mountainside, and you'll go home with an inspiring new outlook on life.

Since 1987, corporate, individual and organizational sponsors have helped make miracles possible for thousands of severely disabled Veterans who have attended the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. You can help our nation's Veterans make miracles on a mountainside possible by volunteering or making a donation to the clinic.

To make your contribution, sign up to volunteer or if you need additional information about the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, please visit www.wintersportsclinic.org or www.wintersportsclinic.va.gov or contact DAV Voluntary Services at (859) 442-3433.

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Desiree M. Emillio-Duverge is a disabled Army vet with a feisty attitude and a knack for giving her sled and wheelchairs some memorable nicknames. Watch out for the Twisted Sister!

At the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, we hitch a ride on a specially modified sled, and get a few pointers on how to use it.

DAV National Commander and quadruple-amputee Dave Riley doesn't let his disabilities prevent him from scaling the rock climbing wall.

Dave Riley lost all his limbs, but it didn't prevent him from mastering the slopes, and becoming National Commander of Disabled American Veterans.

23-year old National Guard veteran Thomas Taylor was paralyzed after being accidentally shot, but now he's ready to ski for the very first time at the National Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.

Jose Segunda is a VA recreational therapist and coach. His mission: Help prepare disabled veterans to take on the challenges of the Winter Sports Clinic.

Interim Deputy Secretary of VA Scott Blackburn chats about the camaraderie and importance of this adaptive sports event, and how it can help veterans and civilians.

Coast Guard veteran, quadruple amputee and DAV National Commander Dave Riley offers inspiring words during opening night festivities for the 31st National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.

At a Winter Sports Clinic sponsored by VA and DAV, disabled veterans hit the slopes, finding and giving plenty of inspiration.
Why is scuba diving at a winter sports clinic? We interview a lead dive trainer to learn why the program has been so inspirational.
Navy veteran Anita Shorb has been blind for decades -- and she's also been a regular skier at DAV's Winter Sports Clinic.
A VA physical therapist and her Army veteran patient enjoy the fruits of their labors at the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.
Army vet Susan Haley regained her confidence through the DAV Winter Sports Clinic -- and also discovered a talent for curling.
Lyle Bailey hasn't let his condition prevent him from enjoying the slopes at the 30th DAV Disabled Veteran Winter Sports Clinic.

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