NARRATOR: The 24th National Disabled Veterans
Winter Sports Clinic kicked off this week as hundreds of Veterans with disabilities
arrived in picturesque Snowmass Village, Colorado. The Veterans’ first stop is participant
registration, where they will learn more about the adaptive sports and recreational activities
they will take on throughout the week. After registration, everyone had a chance to try
a “Taste of Snowmass,” when area restaurants set up outside offering up delectable dishes
sure to please anyone’s taste buds. The first day came to a close with opening
ceremonies, [BARRY MICHAEL SINGING]
A super charged welcome event where the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, and Disabled
American Veterans National Commander, Roberto Barrera offered their words of encouragement.
ERIC SHINSEKI, SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: "I hope you all are excited about the experiences
and challenges that lie ahead of you this week as we are."
ROBERTO BARRERA, DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS NATIONAL COMMANDER: "Seeing you here tonight
is heart warming. Knowing that you're getting the best tools to overcome any obstacles in
your life, to overcome those challenges that you face gives us hope that your future will
hold every possibility for that new life." NARRATOR: The excitement begins in the morning
when the Veterans hit the slopes, or get their first chance try out one of many alternate
activities. For the Department of Veterans Affairs, I’m
Anthony Hardman.

Winter Sports Clinic 2010: Day 1 Highlights
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