"The wounded soldiers I've met are not discouraged by their injuries," said Brig. Gen. Darryl Williams, Commander of the U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command in Alexandria, Va.. "Instead, they're looking for ways to get back into life and challenge themselves to fulfill their potential. Physical fitness plays an important role throughout the Army, and WTC encourages all wounded warriors to incorporate adaptive sports into their recovery plans."
The Wounded Warrior Program helps soldiers who have suffered wounds of various types and severity find ways to ease back into active lives.
Adaptive sports play a key role in the recovery of the Army's wounded, ill and injured soldiers. "Sports provide wounded warriors with great exercise and lets them see the things they can do instead of what they can't do," said Army veteran Joe Bowser, a member of the U.S. Stand-Up National Amputee Hockey Team.
Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, Pa., is among the many resorts around the nation that participate in programs to help teach Wounded Warriors how to ski, or to relean how to ski with serious wounds.
This video shows one Wounded Warrior, a Marine veteran identified only as Todd, in his second ski lesson last month at Whitetail Resort, in a program run by the Wounded Warrior Project and Two Top Mountain Adaptive Sports Foundation.
Todd lost both legs and part of his left arm in combat four months ago.
He is one of hundreds of thousands of young Americans sent to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and one of more than 40,000 who have been wounded. Snowsports are helping him heal, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
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