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Vermont Adaptive is proud to offer programs specifically designed for injured service members, veteran’s with disabilities, and their families. Since the organization’s inception, we have worked with veterans with disabilities and evolved our programs to match the changes in the needs and interests of men and women who have been injured in the line of duty.
Many years ago, Vermont Adaptive was a major destination for groups of physically disabled veterans from the Vietnam era. We then saw an increase in disabled veterans participating in sport through and after the Persian Gulf crisis. We have now entered a new era, where veterans with disabilities include those with both physical and invisible disabilities like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and brain injuries.
Through the years, we have participated in national initiatives like the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project and events, plus we continually work with our partners like Disabled Sports USA, the US Paralympics, and the United States Association of Blind Athletes. Our efforts are on a local, regional and national level.
We continue to increase our services, outreach, programs, training, and events for veterans with a disability on local, regional and national levels. We also continue to help veterans’ families while they navigate their transitional journey through rehabilitation and recovery and regaining independence. Participation in our activities is very empowering — it can help reunite families, create new relationships and assist in major life transitions.
Please email Ret. SSG Misha Pemble-Belkin, or call 802.770.0445 to reserve your spot. Please email or call at least 48 hours prior for scheduling.
June 3 – Noon. Vietnam Veterans Cycling, Burlington Bike Path
June 6 – 10 a.m. Cycling, Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, Johnson
June 20 – 10 a.m. Hike, Sterling Pond, Smugglers Notch
June 22 –Vermont Adaptive Charity Ride, Long Trail Brewery
June 24 – Noon. Vietnam Veterans Paddling, Lake Iroquois, Williston
June 27 – 9 am. Outdoor Rock Climbing, Stowe
June 29 – 10 a.m. Paddle/Trail Walk, Kent Pond, Killington
July 8 – 1 p.m. Vietnam Veterans Sailing, Burlington Waterfront
July 11 – 10 a.m. Paddling, Lake Iroquois, Williston
July 12 – 9 a.m. Outdoor Rock Climb, Stowe
July 13 – 10 a.m. Gondola Ride/Hike, Killington
July 18 – 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. Sailing, Burlington Waterfront
July 22 – 10 a.m. Vietnam Veterans Archery, St. Albans
July 25-26 – Mountain Bike Retreat, Killington
August 1 – 9 a.m. Outdoor Rock Climbing, Stowe
August 3 – 10 a.m. Paddle/ Trail Walk, Kent Pond, Killington
August 5 – 1 p.m. Vietnam Veterans Sail, Burlington Waterfront
August 15 – 10 a.m. Hike, Camels Hump
August 19 – Noon. Vietnam Veterans Cycling, Burlington Bike Path
August 22 – 10 a.m. River Paddle, Lamoille Valley River
August 24 – 9 a.m. Women Veterans Day of Fun and Leisure, Oak Ledge, Burlington
August 29 – 10 a.m. Hike, Mount Pisgah, Westmore
To learn more about specific veteran’s programs, contact Misha via email or call 802.786.4991. We are also recruiting veterans to serve as program volunteers and ambassadors. Ask Misha about these opportunities too!