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February 03, 2006

Disabled Iraq Vets Take on Mountain

Heard about this story on talk radio on Thursday.

COLONIE -- Iraqi insurgents ambushed Robbie Doughty's Humvee on July 8, 2004. The retired Army staff sergeant lost his right leg above the knee and his left leg below the knee to a roadside bomb. It took him five months of rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to learn to walk on prostheses. The 31-year-old father of one gets around in a wheelchair at the end of the day. On Thursday, however, the Kentucky soldier had his sights set on the ski slopes. He and 29 other severely wounded U.S. service members, including many amputees, flew into the Capital Region for a complete and cost-free ski weekend at Windham Mountain.

The facility's Adaptive Sports Foundation, Disabled Sports USA and the national Wounded Warrior Project sponsored the trips. They arranged special equipment and skiing and snowboarding lessons. The troops and their families will also snow tube, and members of the New York City Fire Department will transport them, even to evening ski parties.

Regardless of your personal views on the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, these young men and women that are injured will never be the same. This is an awesome program and better yet, it is simply great to see these folks giving back to our bravest. The "ultimate price" that soldiers pay in war often is not simply defined as dying on the battlefield, but for these Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen, it often is the price they pay for the rest of their lives.

May God watch over the troops remaining and provide them a safe and speedy return home.

Posted by Justin at February 3, 2006 07:10 PM

Comments

I work for the VA now and my job is to insure that all combat veterans get the benefits they have earned. Check the va.gov link. Any vets need some advice? Call VET Centers, they have real people on the other end of the phones.

http://www.va.gov/rcs

Posted by: Chief RZ at February 6, 2006 02:22 PM