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Posted on Sep 28, 2012 in Newsletters | 0 comments

Newsletter #20

Newsletter #20

Hello, all,

Skiing is something I have been wanting for the WWs, a physical challenge that is difficult, requires them to apply their military discipline, they might have to go at it several times, but something they can finally achieve. I feel that, more than the raft trip, this would boost self-esteem and confidence, help them to downplay and disregard their disabilities. And it would introduce them to a great outdoor sport that they could enjoy in the future at their convenience with their buddies and family, not have to wait until summer when the river is up for that once-a-year whitewater trip.

Julie Taulman of STARS (Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports) has now offered a ski camp for Wounded Warriors from VA Hospitals and elsewhere, to include lift tickets, ski gear, accommodations at the ski area, some dinners. Julie will accommodate perhaps 25 Wounded Warriors to be in a 3 day STARS ski camp January 25-28. STARS can accommodate almost any level of disability. Billy Kidd will ski with us. I want to get triple amputee Mark Litynski out from Walter Reed; he is the inspiration that spawned the Warriors On Cataract effort, was on the first raft trip last summer.

I’m attaching the STARS flier announcing this adventure. I put this out to the VA Hospital therapists 2 days ago, already have 11 WWs that want to sign up.

I have been talking with Billy about having the ski areas comp lift tickets and rental gear to WWs and their families on into the future. Kidd knows many of the higher-ups in the area ownerships. He says they don’t often do such things, but we’ll see.

Our whitewater trips for next summer are on the calendar for launches on June 7 and June 14. Let’s hope for a big water year. These combat soldiers are adrenaline junkies, like the big rapids.

Regards,

Fred


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Posted on Sep 19, 2012 in Newsletters | 0 comments

Newsletter #19

Greetings, All,

Fifteen+ hours of video were shot on the June 18 Wounded Warriors trip. This was condensed down to an 8 minute segment that is to be shown in This American Land on Public Broadcast Television (PBS) in Episode 9 (209), probably in early November.

Best regards,

Fred

The Wounded Warriors segment starts roughly in the middle of the program; just move the slider to 11:11.


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Posted on Sep 12, 2012 in Newsletters | 0 comments

Newsletter #18

Greetings, all,

In a previous newsletter I stated that I wanted to line up criminal defense attorneys who have high stature with the prosecutors and judges to represent Wounded Warriors charged with felonies.  The hope would be that the prosecutors and judges would listen more closely to highly regarded attorneys and be willing to consider implementing positive handling of the Wounded Warriors in the form of diversion, treatment, deferrals, and like actions rather than an additional disability in the form of a felony conviction.

Here are the criminal defense lawyers to date that are offering to represent Wounded Warriors charged with felonies (with the caveat that their case load or other factors may preclude representation). We will post these on our web site.

Colorado:
Craig Truman 303.595.8008

Utah, Salt Lake area:
Walter (Wallie) Bugden 801.467.1700
Gil Athay 801.363.7074
Scott Williams 801.220.0700

Southeast Utah:
Steve Russel 435.259.7321

I’m still working on Wyoming.

Best regards,

Fred

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