In This Issue: Telluride Winter Ski Trip 2017; National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, Snowmass CO 2017; Adaptive Scuba Diving Program; New Handcycling Program
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WE HELP ONE VETERAN AT A TIME

You have not heard from us in a while, but here at Veterans Adaptive Sports (VAS) we have been very busy and supporting some great events for our disabled military veterans. Our mission is to promote rehabilitation of disabled military service veterans through adaptive sports. We serve our veterans with spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments and neurological injuries.

VAS is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, quite small in contrast to others you might hear about and is a completely volunteer organization designed to direct your donations to our services, not to advertising, overhead or administration. We do not distinguish between gender, what era our veterans served or whether their injuries were incurred in combat. We help all the severely disabled that we can reach, One Veteran At A Time. Help us make a difference by visiting our website at www.veteransadaptivesports.com.

Director Bobby Symonds and Co-Founder Doug Tuttle

Director Bobby Symonds and Co-Founder Doug Tuttle

We are always trying to reach out and help more disabled veterans using our current veterans to mentor the new ones. We are supporting disabled veterans from 16 states thanks to our website and the word of mouth by other veterans and supporters. This has been a very busy year and we want to let you know what we have been doing and what we have accomplished.

Our two annual ski programs in Telluride and Snowmass CO have been completed and in addition, we added another ski week in Steamboat Springs CO with a group of new disabled veterans recently introduced to our program.

Steamboat Springs, CO Event for New Skiers

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The Honda Classic and United Technologies have once again selected Veterans Adaptive Sports as their military charity of choice. Their donation is administered by The First Tee Palm Beaches to enable disabled veterans to learn and play golf.

Our scuba diving program started in 2014 has grown and continues to thrive thanks to our partner Veterans Ocean Adventures. We helped serve over 200 disabled veterans from the Palm Beach VA Medical Center through the VA Lunch Retreat program hosted by Renewal Coalition at their scenic Loxahatchee River location.

Competitive adaptive sports are our highest goal and we continue to sponsor several of our disabled veterans in high level adaptive ski and biking competitions. Lastly, a white-water rafting trip has been scheduled for August 26 – September 1 at Catarac Canyon, UT. We do this type of trip every several years which tests our disabled veterans and empowers the team work so important to any mission and everyday life.

Steamboat Springs, CO Event for New Skiers

This year we added a special winter program for new skiers held January 7-13. President and Head Coach Doug Tuttle led this group to learn the basics and most importantly, learn what they can achieve given the opportunity and challenge. We now have new veterans committed to our program and to stay healthy all year long.

Steamboat Springs, CO Event for New Skiers

Annual Telluride Winter Ski Trip

Our annual Telluride CO ski week was held February 3-9. Each year we assemble our disabled veterans team, reaching out to those who are in need to build their self-confidence, esteem and encourage healthy lifestyles. We are proud to once again work with TASP (Telluride Adaptive Sports Program) who provide the adaptive ski equipment, help with prosthetics, lessons and volunteers.

Annual Telluride Winter Ski Trip

Families are encouraged to participate to learn how to support their Spouses, Dads or Moms. Making this connection helps the disabled veterans to ski on their own and try other adaptive sports.

Annual Telluride Winter Ski Trip

National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, Snowmass CO

Each year VAS supports the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic (WSC) by helping disabled veterans in need with the costs to attend. Snowmass Colorado again hosted this event on March 30th - April 6st. This event is a world leader in adaptive winter sport instruction for U.S. military veterans and active duty servicemen and women with disabilities. The WSC allows our veterans to pack more miracles into the weeklong, life-changing event than they ever dreamed of. They are reminded of the wonder and achievement life still has to offer, despite their profound disabilities. Attendance has averaged over 350 disabled veterans each year!

Annual Telluride Winter Ski Trip

White-Water Rafting Trip, Catarac Canyon

White-Water Rafting Trip, Catarac Canyon

Our rafting trip is designed with limited guide support where our veterans are responsible as a team to establish campsites and load rafts every day. Their military training is applied here where team is central to everyday life on the river. We will have 12 disabled veterans running the show. Our 2014 trip to the Gates of Lodora that covered 120 miles on the Green River is pictured.

White-Water Rafting Trip, Catarac Canyon

Adaptive Scuba Diving Program

Adaptive Scuba Diving Program

Adaptive scuba diving has become a main stay for our disabled veterans and has attracted new participants each year. We continually certify new divers who then qualify to become part of our Scuba Program. Adaptive divers must stay in shape to qualify for this program which is central to the VAS mission so disabled veterans can maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Adaptive Scuba Diving Program

We have 2 scuba programs planned for this summer, one in Key Largo (last year’s group pictured) and another, to be hosted by our partner Renewal Coalition in Jupiter. We have partnered with Veterans Ocean Adventures (VOA) who train Buddy Divers to support the disabled diver and coordinate dive boat logistics here in South Florida. As always, we thank our event coordinator Director Chuck Kays who organizes everything from accommodations, dive boats and good comfort foods.

Competitive Adaptive Sports Programs

We encourage and support all disabled veterans to compete in the sport of their choice. Setting this goal translates to staying in shape and living a healthy lifestyle. We have reported in the past about our David Williams (pictured) who just missed qualifying for the Paralympics in Seoul, Korea held after and in conjunction with the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Competitive Adaptive Sports Programs

Jerry Shields (pictured) started with Veterans Adaptive Sports some 11 years ago and has since honed his skills at archery and qualified to be on the US Paralympic team. He has participated in international archery tournaments around the world in addition to the London and Seoul Paralympic Games. Jerry had a stroke that paralyzed his right side and pulls the string in his teeth, a remarkable achievement. Jerry is back with us now and we look forward to his help to mentor fellow veterans.

Competitive Adaptive Sports Programs

VA Medical Center Lunch Retreat at Renewal Coalition

Each quarter Renewal Coalition hosts our Lunch Retreat in for the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center veterans. In 2016, we were able to serve over 200 disabled veterans who are being treated by the Community Living Center (CTC), Blind Rehab Center (BRC) and Outpatient Mental Health Programs (PRRC & MHICM). VAS will continue to sponsor the Lunch Retreats for 2018, now a very popular event for these great individuals.

VA Medical Center Lunch Retreat at Renewal Coalition

The Navy SEALS Museum has been supportive of our program with the disabled veterans from the VA Medical Center in Palm Beach. Pictured is Navy SEAL Peter Moore, VA Supervisor Kathy Romeo and VAS Director Bobby Symonds. We also sincerely thank Executive Director Mary Hinton and the great volunteers (pictured).

VA Medical Center Lunch Retreat at Renewal Coalition

Palm Beach County Justice Association (PBCJA)

The PBCJA recently held their 19th Annual Golf Outing at PGA National. Veterans Adaptive Sports was honored to be selected as the charity to receive a donation from the proceeds of their golf tournament this year. “The mission of PBCJA is to provide civil trial lawyers with the tools and resources needed to improve and enhance the standards of trial practices and better represent their clients.” We thank them for their generosity and support for our program.

Our VAS golf team came out to support the event and are pictured left to right: Dan Dimonaco, Valerie Losco, Maria and Bobby Symonds.

Palm Beach County Justice Association (PBCJA)

Thank You Partners, Sponsors and Supporters

Admirals Cove Foundation
Marine Corps League Detachment 1058
Orlando Ski Club
Palm Beach County Justice League
Renewal Coalition
Tampa Bay Snow Skiers and Boarders
The First Tee of the Palm Beaches
Westchester All Stars for Wounded Veterans
The Beson Family Foundation
The William Symonds Family Foundation
The Scuba Club, West Palm Beach
Palm Beach County Justice Association
Florida Ski Council
Force E Dive Shop, Riviera Beach
The Honda Classic and United Technologies
Nam Knights, Palm Beach Chapter
Narcosis Dive Center, Riviera Beach
Navy SEALS Museum
Pensacola Ski Club
Space Coast Beach Ski Club
SPLOR
Telluride Adaptive Sports Program (TASP)
Veterans Ocean Adventures (VOA)
VA Medical Center West Palm Beach

You can donate by going to our website at www.veteransadaptivespots.org or you can send a check made out to Veterans Adaptive Sports to P.O. Box 1633, Jupiter FL 33468.

We will continue our efforts to offer additional adaptive sports programs and support for deserving disabled veterans. It is our intention to continue to reach out to disabled veterans wherever they are and whenever they served and encourage their participation in adaptive sports and recreation to promote happy and healthy lifestyles.

Board of Directors, Veterans Adaptive Sports
Doug Tuttle, President and Co-Founder
Robert Symonds, Director and Treasurer
William Edwards, Director
Charles Kays, Director

www.veteransadaptivesports.org

God Bless You, God Bless Our Veterans and God Bless America

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