Miracles on the Mountainside

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. – Each year since 1987 hundreds of disabled veterans visit Colorado to challenge mind, body and spirit through adaptive sports. Earlier this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs and DAV (Disabled American Veterans) hosted the annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic – a world-renowned event that promotes sports therapy and rehabilitation through adaptive Alpine and Nordic skiing, rock climbing, sled hockey, scuba diving and other adaptive sports and activities.

African American Disabled American Veteran holds the fishing line of his fishing pole.

The mission of the Clinic is to involve disabled Veterans with spinal cord injuries, amputations, neurological disorders, visual impairments and other profound injuries and medical concerns in challenging therapeutic outdoor experiences and education. The hope is that these experiences provide the catalyst to improve veterans' overall physical well-being, mental health, self-esteem, community re-entry and readjustment, and ultimately, encourage them to continue to lead active, healthy lives.

"It's called miracles on the mountainside and that's what happens here," Sandra Karam, Ford Fund retiree. "They have given so much to our country and we must give back to them."

Ford has a 97-year relationship with the DAV that began when Henry Ford provided Model Ts so DAV members could attend their annual convention. For the past five years, Ford has supported the Winter Sports Clinic as a Host Level Sponsor.

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