Camo: Awakening The Spirit For Veterans
Their mission is to provide access to outdoor recreational sports for those with physical and cognitive disabilities, and through this access, help them heal and find a pathway toward a more rewarding life.
But what they do is so much more than that. Each person who comes to Challenge Aspen has a unique set of circumstances that must be taken into account.
One program that uniquely demonstrates this is the Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities retreats, known as CAMO. The program offers active military personnel and veterans the chance to find healing through adaptive recreation and wellness practices. Many of those who come to these retreats suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or both. And the suffering they endure comes at a cost for their spouses as well.
Aspen Skiing Company has proudly supported and collaborated with Challenge Aspen since its founding in 1995. Few organizations could better embody what it means to "live passionately." By donating approximately $1 million per year to this program, we can help ensure a legacy of healing for our veterans — and for other individuals from all walks of life — who benefit from this outstanding program.
In Their Own Words
–Laura Saurez and Willmer Canas of Miami, FL
"It Allowed Us to Heal Together"
"The last ten years of our life, we have just been trying to survive ... This trip to Aspen was such an amazing experience for Jeff and I as a couple. I truly feel this trip allowed us to heal together and helped us feel grateful for each other again. Challenge Aspen is one of the few programs out there that invite spouses to attend ... I was definitely hesitant and stepped outside my comfort zone. Challenge Aspen allowed us to heal together more in one week than in ten years." –Anonymous Spouse
Published April 2017