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
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
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.
* 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
VIDEO PROVIDED BY: Vail Resorts
SOURCE Vail Resorts