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VAIL VETERANS PROGRAM BACK ON THE SNOW
VAIL – After almost two years, the Vail Veterans Program welcomed 11 veterans and their families back to Vail Mountain this week. The Vail Veterans Program, which was formed in 2004, offers military injured and their families free world-class therapeutic programs designed to build confidence, create lifelong relationships and tap into the freedom the mountains bring out in all of us.
Some vets come directly from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California. Other vets are literally veterans of the program and have been involved in these trips a few times, like Mark Haegele, a retired United States Marine Corps corporal, who has been to three programs in the past decade.
“I first came to the winter program 10 years ago, but I had come straight from Walter Reed and I don’t remember a lot,” said Haegele, who is a double above-the-knee amputee.