White River Junction VA Medical Center, Vermont
New England Disabled Veterans Summer Sports Clinic
This year’s 4th annual New England Disabled Veterans Summer Sports Clinic at Lake Sunapee was a huge success. I had the honor of being present for the awards banquet at the end of the week. It was an incredibly moving event. This event is about overcoming tremendous odds, a level of inner strength and resolve that is truly inspiring, and the amazing camaraderie and support that exists among Veterans. Several of our Veterans from White River Junction VA took part in the event where participants were able to try their hand at a variety of sports including: Fly tying, tread wall, air rifle, water skiing, cycling, kayaking, fishing, yoga, and a biathlon competition. The Summer Sports Clinic is a real success story and an example of great healing power of adaptive sports. This quote from Veteran participant Robert Trembly is a testament to the success of the event “There was a circle and I was left out. Hate, greed, a thing to flout. But you all have a vision of a much larger circle and let me in, and for that, I thank you!” see the video… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDKZgTxrXkw&feature=youtu.be
A lot of effort and love went into the planning and execution of this event and White River Junction is proud of the work that all the volunteers, coaches, and team members put into making this event a great success. Here are our Veteran Athletes who participated in this year’s New England Disabled Veterans Summer Sports Clinic: Mike Audette, Harry Carr, Maggie Clarke, Matt Lane, Steve Perra, Adam Wagner, Robert Tremblay, David Santamore, and Mike Wetherby. I also want to recognize drivers Roland Renauld and Paul Comeau as well as Brooke Robinson and Mike Vulpis who did a fabulous job all week supporting the Veterans who participated.
Medical Center Director
White River Junction VA Medical Center