This year’s activities have begun with three skiing holidays, one to La Plagne in the French Alps and two to Breckenridge in Colorado. Each trip was hugely successful and enabled small groups of service men and women with physical and mental injuries to overcome many of their fears and doubts about their capabilities.
For a few days they were free from the stresses and problems of their rehabilitation and able to focus on what they can achieve rather than what they cannot. Successfully overcoming these challenges renews their enthusiasm, improves feelings of self-worth and encourages them in other aspects of their lives, including rehabilitation, personal and family relationships and employment. Breckenridge in particular, with its quiet slopes and the superb instructors – US veterans themselves – make these few days incredibly valuable and rewarding.
We have received some very rewarding messages of thanks from our guests, including this from an Afghan veteran with PTSD: “This trip has brought me back to life, I have a little spark again. It has been one of the best experiences of my life, one I will never forget. I’m going home stronger, more positive and ready to take on life’s challenges.”