Winter Sports Clinic for Disabled Vets

Eight disabled veterans from the greater Houston area will be among 450 other disabled vets from around the country who will gather in Colorado for a week of skiing. Houston Public Radio's Rod Rice reports.

It's the 22nd National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. Among the local vets is David Fowler of Katy who will attending.

"This is my 13th year going. Love it. Used to ski before my injury, to have to opportunity to ski again, well, it's just fantastic."

The whole thing can be daunting the first time.

"You know it's real funny because I'll talk to some of the guys who have never gone skiing before, or some of the guys who have never gone since their injury. Their first day there you can hear the apprehension in their voice about what we call conquering the mountain."

The six day event is open to vets with disabilities that include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injures, orthopedic amputations and visual impairments. It includes, in addition to skiing, rock climbing, snowmobiling, scuba diving and sled hockey. David Fowler says after a few days those first-timers have lost their apprehension and are really enjoying themselves.

"Basically what it does, it gives someone a real sense of accomplishment that they've overcome, and they've conquered and had a great time doing it."

The event is co-sponsored by the VA and the Disabled American Veterans at Snowmass Village in Colorado.

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Rod Rice

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Rod Rice became fascinated with radio at an early age, while sitting on his Grandfather’s lap listening to his "programs" on the big Emerson Radio...