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Jedburgh
07-15-2008, 07:00 PM
Veterans' Expeditions at Outward Bound (http://www.outwardboundwilderness.org/veterans.html)

Through generous funding by the Military Family Outdoor Initiative Project, a joint partnership of The Sierra Club and The Sierra Club Foundation, we are offering a tremendous opportunity for adventure and self-discovery to our veterans of combat operations in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) and Southwest Asia (Operation Iraqi Freedom). We have over 20 years serving our nationís combat veterans through a long partnership with the Disabled American Veterans organization, where we have offered enriching wilderness expeditions specifically designed for war veterans at no cost to the participants.

We have scheduled numerous wilderness adventures exclusively for our war veterans and we will fully fund these courses for all participants, to include their roundtrip travel costs between home and the excursion site. Our goals include helping participating veterans build a supportive community with other war veterans; facilitating discussions on readjustment and transition challenges; and re-energizing and reinvigorating our veteransí spirits with adventures and challenges in the beautiful outdoors.

Expedition Overview: Offered year-round, our Outward Bound Expeditions take war veterans to amazing wilderness areas in Maine, Minnesota, Colorado, Texas, and California. Depending on the expedition, activities could include backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, canoeing, ropes courses, and dog sledding. Expeditions are 5 days in length and are staffed with experienced outdoor educators.

Who is Eligible: Under this program, all Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) veterans, including current and former members of the Active and Reserve Components of the United States military. It doesnít matter what your current military status is (active, inactive, discharged, retired) as long as you deployed in support of OEF or OIF combat operations while in the military.

More details at the link.