11:27 pm - Thursday December 14, 2017

VA Official to Kick Off National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic

400 Disabled Veterans to Participate in Rehabilitation Events

On Monday, April 1, Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs Tommy Sowers will join disabled Veterans to kick off the first day of the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic outside the Westin Snowmass Resort in Snowmass.  VA’s Winter Sports Clinic promotes rehabilitation of body and spirit by teaching adaptive winter sporting activities to Veterans with significant physical impairments.
This weeklong life-changing event, co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and DAV (Disabled American Veterans), brings together nearly 400 disabled Veterans and active-duty service men and women to experience the freedom, exhilaration and physical and mental benefits of adaptive winter sports. Studies show adaptive sports alleviate stress; reduce dependency on pain and depression medication; result in higher achievement in education and employment; and lead to greater independence.
What:    National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic
When:   Monday, April 1, 8:00 a.m. – Media availability at Westin Hotel
Who:    Assistant Secretary for Public & Intergovernmental Affairs Tommy Sowers
Click here for Assistant Secretary Sowers’s biography.
Where:  Westin Snowmass Resort – Breezeway Slope Side
        Adaptive Ski Staging Area
        100 Elbert Lane, Snowmass Village, CO
Media
   Availability:        Assistant Secretary Sowers, along with several Veteran participants, will be available to speak with reporters at 8:00 a.m. Monday morning at the Veterans’ adaptive skiing staging area.
Contacts:       Jordan Schupbach, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
                Jordan.Schupbach@va.gov or 202-664-3733
                Elaine Buehler, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
                        Elaine.Buehler@va.gov or 303-618-4641

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