MultiVu Video Feed: Veterans From Walter Reed Army Medical Center Hosted by Vail Mountain and Community
VAIL, Colo., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A community founded 43 years ago by soldiers returning from World War II will now host wounded veterans returning from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-four soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines, all recuperating from the loss of a limb (limbs) at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C., will be the honored guests of Vail Mountain and the Vail community. The Third Annual Vail Veterans Program takes place March 1-5, 2006 and provides the opportunity for the veterans to learn how to ski and snowboard. Veterans will participate in three all-day private ski and snowboard lessons through Vail's Adaptive Ski Program. "For many of these veterans, the trip to Vail is their first adventure outside of the hospital," said Cheryl Jensen, event organizer for the Vail Veterans Program. "This program is all about providing an inspirational experience that focuses on abilities versus disabilities." Since the program's inception in 2004, more than 35 veterans have learned how to ski and snowboard at Vail's Adaptive Ski School. A grass-roots effort with countless volunteers and more than 25 local businesses and organizations taking part, the Vail Veterans Program has been a success because of the community participation. A hero's welcome by one hundred Gypsum Elementary students at the Vail Eagle Valley Regional Airport is just one of the unique aspects of the event. Local hotels and restaurants host the participants and their guests during their stay. A highlight for many of the veterans is a homemade meal of lasagna served by the Vail Fire Department at the station. "There is an unsaid promise to protect their families while they protect our freedom serving abroad. Inviting the veterans to dinner at our home is the least we can do to pay tribute," said Craig Davis, President of the Vail Professional Firefighters Association. To learn more about Vail Mountain and the Vail Adaptive Ski School, please go to www.vail.com. Media Note: Video footage of the Vail Veterans event will be released via satellite uplink on Thursday, March 2. Uplink provider: Peak Uplink, Mike Howard, 307-631-8688. VIDEO NEWS RELEASE COORDINATES: March 2, 2006 Mountain Start: 1:00 PM MST End: 1:15 PM MST Eastern Start: 3:00 PM EST End: 3:15 PM EST Location: SBS 6 Transponder: K2 KU Band Downlink Frequency: 11749.5 MHz Vertical Polarity Audio: 6.2 & 6.8 FORMAT: News Package With Extra Soundbites and B-roll. SOUNDBITES: * Cheryl Jensen, Event Organizer for the Vail Veterans Program B-ROLL INCLUDES: **Veterans arriving at Eagle-Vail Airport, skiing and Snowboarding**Brief interview with Cheryl Jensen (organizer of Vail Veterans Program)** VIDEO PROVIDED BY: Vail Resorts
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