Veterans No Boundaries Huge Success
On behalf of everyone involved in the Veterans No Boundaries (VNB) program at Maine Handicapped Skiing, we would like to express our deepest gratitude for all of the local support we received during the sixth annual winter VNB program earlier this month. It is an enormous honor to serve these men and women twice each year, and this year’s winter program was the biggest and best to date.
We served a total of 28 veterans and active duty military personnel with physical disabilities, over half of whom were injured in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thanks to Sunday River, our incredible MHS volunteers and sponsorship from US Paralympics, the weekend was entirely free of charge for participants and their family members.
The Bethel Hostel donated rooms for a group of disabled active duty soldiers from Fort Drum, N.Y. The Bethel Inn, Rostay and Sunday River all offered significant discounts for MHS to purchase blocks of rooms for participants and their families using funding from the program’s other donors. The Riverview Resort also stepped in to donate the use of their pool.
Numerous restaurants donated food and helped host meals. Crossroads Diner and The Phoenix hosted multiple meals for the participants, their families and key volunteers, and Funky Red Barn hosted a Super Bowl party for the entire group. The following other businesses also helped with food for the weekend: Good Food Store, Sunday River Brew Pub, Shipyard Brew Haus, Rooster’s Roadhouse, Bethel Shop N Save, American Legion Auxiliary, Pat’s Pizza, Bear River Trading Post and Gringo Harry’s.
Three other local entities stepped up on Saturday to help host and provide additional activities that bolstered the program. Dave Carter at Carter’s XC Center welcomed an adaptive biathlon workshop, as well as donated trail passes for us to ski and snowshoe, all on extremely short notice and in a welcoming way. Newry’s Windy Valley Snowmobile Club and several other outlying clubs provided half-day tours out of the Newry Grange Hall. As always, the Parrothead Club of the Northern Tropics provided much appreciated evening entertainment along with cooking a meal.
The biggest thanks, however, has to go to Sunday River and our outstanding volunteers! For 29 years, both have laid the groundwork for what is possible at MHS by donating countless resources and immeasurable support, and both have grown with us whenever and however needed.
Please join us in thanking everyone involved in this year’s Veterans No Boundaries program!
Veterans No Boundaries Committee Co-Chair, Member Maine Handicapped Skiing Board of Directors