Building a monument to wounded warriors

Our nation’s wounded warriors need time to heal; and the rest of us need a place in which to reflect upon their sacrifice. Here’s David Martin:

It’s a thing of beauty designed to honor an ugly fact: the wounds of war. The name of Washington’s newest memorial — American Veterans Disabled for Life — makes the point.

Project director Barry Owenby gave Martin an advance look at the memorial, which opens next Sunday. It’s for disabled veterans of all wars, of whom an estimated three million are alive today.

“It doesn’t end with the war; they live with it forever,” Owenby said.

“They have a trauma of injury, a healing process, and then their rediscovery of purpose. So that’s the story that we’re trying to tell here.”

Disabled Veterans Raise Their Sails to Raise Money

Against all odds, two local disabled veterans have teamed up to take on one of sailing’s premier races.

They both have disabilities that you’d think would make sailing impossible, but instead they hope to show others why they should never give up on a dream.

In this Your Stories video, Steve Price has their inspirational story.

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2012 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic (NVSSC): Teams Neptune and Vulcan

Yesterday, disabled veterans from teams Vulcan and Neptune experienced sailing and racing with Challenged America at the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic (NVSSC)

The National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic Program (NVSSC) gives Veterans with disabilities an opportunity for self development and challenge through education and recreational activities.  It promotes rehabilitation by teaching summer sporting activities to Veterans with significant physical or psychological impairments.

Photos Courtesy Philippe Gadeyne Spinnaker Photo Graphics