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Vail Veterans Program helps heroic caregivers learn they’re not alone
January 8, 2019

  VAIL — Because it takes one to know one, the women at this week’s Vail Veterans Program’s caregivers conference were best friends before they even met. Twenty-eight women are in town — all caregivers for combat veterans who were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan. Just as heroic as those soldiers are the people who… Read more »

Vail Veterans Program’s Path to Success teaches vets that success is no secret

  VAIL — Everyone wants to be successful. Not everyone knows how. The Vail Veterans Program’s Path to Success program sets heroes on … well, the path to success. It’s part of Johnson & Johnson’s Human Performance Institute. David, for example, is an injured Iraq War vet. He found himself on his couch fiddling with… Read more »

Hosting heroes: Vail Veterans Program welcomes wounded military vets for 5-day golf outing
August 27, 2018

  VAIL – For wounded U.S. military veterans — and their families — tours of duty last a lifetime. Years outside of the military are spent adjusting to society, building confidence and getting used to a new normal after catastrophic injuries. The Vail Veterans Program uses the freedom of the Rocky Mountains along with rehabilitative… Read more »

In The News

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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