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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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Vail Today: Vail Veterans Program offers caregivers retreat

September 27, 2017

VAIL – Since 2004, the Vail Veterans Program has provided rehabilitative sports and recreational activities to help build confidence and provide a sense of freedom to United States military members who have suffered catastrophic injuries while serving our country. The program has evolved and now includes a caregivers retreat to help those taking care of the wounded in their day to day lives.

This multi-day retreat brings spouses to Vail and provides them not only with opportunities to relax and have fun in our environment, but it also gives them practical tools they can take home. Wellness, mindfulness and empowerment workshops are held throughout the retreat. The group bonds quickly since even though their situations may be different, they can all relate to what each is going through.

“For a lot of us, caregiving is all we know, it’s all we do and we have a tendency to lose ourselves and forget that we are women, and mothers and sisters and wives and this retreat gives us an opportunity to take that identity back. We can take these skills back home and we’ll have better marriages, be better parents, better friends if we have our identity back. It’s life changing,” said Summer Simmons, whose husband was exposed to high levels of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster and suffers from paralysis and eventually had to have a bi-lateral above-the-knee amputation.

“This is the first time in six years of caregiving that I’ve taken a break. The things that we’ve been learning give me a snapshot of who I am naturally versus who I am during a stressful situation. I can learn to take the “should be” out of the equation and go back to who I will be. What we are learning in these workshops is the ability to take back that power to change our lives for ourselves,” said Simmons.

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