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Disabled Sports USA Helps Wounded Veterans on the Slopes

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Saturday's fresh powder was perfect for the Disabled Sports USA's snow sports camp at Northstar California.   

Each of the camp's veterans are recovering from different physical and emotional effects from their time in the service. Each of them received special ski and snowboarding instructions to help boost their confidence and overall well-being.

Robert Evans is one participant in the program who joined the U.S. army in 2003 and was an active member for five years. In 2007, he lost his right hand when an improvised explosive device exploded near him.

Since then, Robert has relocated to Reno. This year marks his third year with the Disabled Sports snow camp. He says they helped fuel his passion for snowboarding.

“Learn with an instructor and these instructors, all of them are extremely motivated.  They're very good at what they do and they are not only good at what they do, but they're very good at teaching it,” says Evans.

Dozens of veterans participated in Saturday's program, some bringing along spouses or friends. Disabled Sports is able to accommodate for these disabled veterans by supplying specialized equipment for each type of injury.

Program Director Michael Hunter says he enjoys outdoor activities like snowboarding. This is why he wants to help teach his passion to the veterans.

“We just take them out like any other guest and make sure they can have a wonderful time on the mountain,” says Hunter.

Participants say this camp isn't just about getting better on skis or a snowboard; it's about getting to know other wounded veterans as well.

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