Nearly 400 injured Veterans and active-duty military members will join volunteers and leading medical and rehabilitative professionals from across the nation for the 31st National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, scheduled March 26-31 in Snowmass Village (near Aspen), Colorado.

The event, hosted by VA and DAV (Disabled American Veterans), 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.”

When Veterans go back to their communities, they bring this experience of a lifetime back to help others, while motivating themselves throughout the entire year. Often referred to as “Miracles on a Mountainside,” the clinic promotes rehabilitation through adaptive Alpine and Nordic skiing, rock climbing, wheelchair self-defense, sled hockey, scuba diving, and other adaptive sports and activities. Studies show adaptive sports provide participants with physical and emotional benefits, including stress relief, reduced dependency on pain and depression medications, and higher achievement in education and employment. The event has also been a starting point for numerous Paralympic athletes.

“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.”

Participation is open to active-duty service members and Veterans with spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments, and certain neurological problems and disabilities.

For more information about the winter sports clinic, visit

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Published on Mar. 24, 2017

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  1. Alysse B April 2, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Adaptive sports allow disabled veterans to get a piece of their life back that they once thought was lost to them. Through skiing, rock climbing, wheelchair self-defense, sled hockey, scuba diving, and other adaptive sports and activities, disabled veterans are able to exercise and have the technology available for them to perform. Adaptive sports help the disabled veterans gain higher self-esteem. They also remind them that their disabilities do not define them and that they are capable of so much more.

  2. Douglas Tuttle March 31, 2017 at 11:12 am

    The Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic has a tremendous positive impact upon our disabled veterans. It inspires veterans with disabilities to become more active looking beyond what they cannot do but what they can do. It encourages family involment in the veterans recreational and sports and healthy lifestyle pursuits. As 38 year VA career therapist/supervisor in physical medince I can get more rehab done at the winter sports in a week that what I could in the clinic in a year. Get your veterans there.

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