Over the past several years, the students from the Betty K. Marler Youth Services Center and Mt. Evans Q-House have provided support to several hundred Disabled American Veterans who flew to Denver to participate in the Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass, Colorado.
The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is a world-leader in adaptive winter sports instruction for U.S. military veterans and active duty servicemen and women with disabilities. The clinic celebrates its 29th year, bringing nearly 400 veterans with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments, certain neurological conditions, and other injuries to the mountain.
Students were on hand at Denver International Airport to assist the disabled veterans as they navigated the airport and changed planes. Additional support was provided by the young women of the Marler Center who had knitted lap blankets. These blankets were then distributed by the young women while providing airport assistance.
The students were genuinely moved by this experience, as one young woman shared, "This was a great opportunity! Listening to the Veterans' stories and helping them move from plane to plane or to a rest area in the airport terminal was definitely an eye opener. It makes me feel good that they were happy to receive the blankets that we knitted with our own hands. This experience makes us all evaluate what is really important in our lives."