WASHINGTON, D.C. - The 24th Annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic was held March 28 – April 2, 2010 in Snowmass, Colorado. This week-long event, hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Disabled American Veterans, empowers severely disabled veterans to overcome their physical challenges.
At the Clinic, these veterans, many of them recently injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, are given lessons in adaptive skiing and other winter sports and adventure activities. They are able to, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, “surpass any perceived limitations and learn to live life to the fullest.”
This year, through the work of the DAR Service for Veterans Committee, the DAR served as a silver sponsor for the Clinc. In addition to a donation, several DAR members attended an opening banquet, met participants and other sponsors, and served as representatives for our organization.
DAR representatives Donna Santisteven, Registrar General; Rebecca Lockhart, Reporter General; Donna Bottini, Vice President General; and Gladys Haynes, National Chairman of the DAR Service for Veterans Committee, attended the Winter Sports Clinic. Gladys Haynes described the experience as, “Absolutely awe-inspiring. I was so proud of the DAR, and what we do for our veterans.”
The DAR is honored help recognize and support our Nation’s veterans in this way and through the constant work of our members and chapters.
Please click here to view a slideshow of photos from the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a worldwide service organization with nearly 3,000 chapters, is devoted to promoting patriotism, historic preservation, and education. With more than 165,000 members, it has been one of the nation's most active service organizations since its founding in 1890. In just a few examples: Daughters provide financial support for scholarships, fund schools for abused and abandoned children, and volunteer time to local programs such as literacy tutoring. Members contribute thousands of hours of volunteer time in the nation’s VA hospitals each year as well as provide support and encouragement to active military personnel through various programs. In communities across the country, local chapters distribute thousands of U.S. Flags each year, and welcome thousands of new citizens. For more information on the work of the DAR and how to become a member, visit www.dar.org.