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Vail Veterans Program unites caregivers of injured combat vets
May 14, 2019

VAIL — Imagine walking into a room with two dozen best friends whom you’ve just met. That’s life this week for a Vail Veterans Program Caregivers Reunion — all caregivers for combat veterans who were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan. Just as heroic as those soldiers are the people who take care of them. Their… Read more »

Vail Veterans Program celebrates 15 years of helping heroes
March 18, 2019

VAIL — An Army Special Forces unit is skiing down Vail Mountain when its members cross paths with a Vail Veterans Program crew. Both groups stop, happily acknowledge each other and their gear. Handshakes and introductions all around, most punctuated with: “Thank you for your service.” “Thank you for yours.” In that instant is the… Read more »

Vail Veterans Program’s Family Week reminds us that we’re all in this together

VAIL — Jess and Tina Walton’s two sons were among dozens of kids bouncing around the Larkspur restaurant Thursday morning, anxious for their last day skiing on Vail Mountain with the Vail Veterans Program. Eight-year-old Chase Walton strolled past his dad and gave him a loving punch in the shoulder … because they’re guys who… Read more »

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Cheryl Jensen made the Vail Veterans Program the ‘gold standard’; now she’s shifting gears

November 1, 2017

VAIL — There might not be a Vail Veterans Program if not for Heath Calhoun.

It was 2004 and the Vail Veterans Program was so new it didn’t have a name. Like anything else, the work and serendipity began long before the actual start date.

Capt. Dave Rozelle was in Vail with some congressmen in 2003, when he met Cheryl Jensen. Jensen had been in Washington for about a month, helping the Department of Defense coordinate shipping tens of thousands of retired ski patrol/ski instructor uniform coats and snow pants to impoverished, cold weather spots around the world. While she was in DC, she learned about all the injuries our men and women were suffering fighting in the Middle East.

She had this idea to bring them to Vail to ski, and like all great ideas it wouldn’t leave her alone.

“I told him of the idea during our first meeting in Vail,” Jensen said. “He said, ‘Great, you raise the money and organize it and I will get you wounded warriors from Walter Reed.’”

Rozelle packed a bunch of guys and they headed to Vail. They skied, they laughed, they lived it up.

The last night, Vail firefighters hosted the group for dinner in the firehouse. Decorated and disabled veteran Heath Calhoun was there and approached Jensen.

“I don’t know why you did this for us, but you changed my life,” he said.

Calhoun is now an elite adaptive athlete, a silver medal-winning Paralympic skier, and a motivational speaker.

“I thought, ‘Well, we might be onto something.’ I often wonder what would have happened if he had not said that,” Jensen said.

It was supposed to be a one-week, one-time deal. It wasn’t, and the Vail Veterans Program was born. The rest is history.

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