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The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic

Updated: Jan 18

Learn more about the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic Colorado
Karl Dent learning to ski for the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic Colorado

Hello El Paso County residents,

I am Karl Dent, your candidate for El Paso County Commissioner District 4 in Colorado. Today, I'm thrilled to share a cause that holds deep significance for me and showcases the resilience of our nation's veterans.

As a proud veteran, I'm honored to bring your attention to the annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, hosted by the VA and Disabled American Veterans from April 1st - April 8th in Colorado. This event not only celebrates the strength of our veterans but also highlights the healing power of adaptive winter sports.

For over three decades, this clinic has been a beacon of hope for disabled veterans, providing them with the opportunity to overcome obstacles and redefine their perceived limitations. Since its inception in 1987, nearly 10,000 veterans have conquered the slopes of Snowmass, illustrating the transformative impact of adaptive sports.

This year's clinic is particularly special as veterans like myself actively participate, advocating for the health and rehabilitative benefits of adaptive sports. World-class instructors and recreation therapists volunteer their time to work with veterans, helping them unlock the full potential of adaptive sports and recreation therapy.

The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is about breaking down barriers for veterans with disabilities. Those who have experienced traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations, blindness, and other challenges find themselves engaged in activities they never believed possible, creating miracles on a mountainside.

Every veteran on those slopes has a unique and inspiring story to tell. Consider U.S. Army Veteran Mariela Meylan, who defied all odds after surviving a hit-and-run in Kuwait that left her in a coma for over eight months. Through years of intensive therapy, she now races down the slopes of Snowmass with the assistance of dedicated volunteers and adaptive equipment.

The mission of the Winter Sports Clinic is clear—to involve disabled veterans in challenging therapeutic outdoor experiences and education. These experiences serve as a catalyst for improving overall physical well-being, mental health, self-esteem, community re-entry, and readjustment.

I invite you to join me in supporting these incredible veterans.

As we rally together for this cause, I also want to extend an invitation to the Republican Caucus on March 7th. Join me and fellow supporters as we discuss important issues and shape the future of our community. Stay updated about this event by visiting

Karl Dent for El Paso County Commissioner District 4 Colorado

As your candidate, I am committed to advocating for programs and initiatives that support our veterans and their well-being. Let's come together as a community to celebrate and support the veterans participating in the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

Thank you for your support.


Karl Dent

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