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February 25, 2014 > Soldiers to Summits: Mt. Whitney expedition for wounded veterans

Soldiers to Summits: Mt. Whitney expedition for wounded veterans

Submitted By Marianna Phipps

A climbing expedition designed to help wounded veterans overcome barriers in their lives was recently announced by Soldiers to Summits (S2S) and Wells Fargo. The expedition, ÒMission: Mt. WhitneyÓ is led by S2S, a program of No Barriers USA that uses mountains as a metaphor and training ground to help empower veterans to overcome barriers and live a life of purpose.

ÒWe want to let our veterans, military members and their families know we are there for them, and we want to do more for them. This is why Mission: Mt. Whitney is so exciting. For us, this isnÕt just a sponsorship, itÕs truly an honor,Ó says Jerry Quinn, a reservist and Military Affairs program manager for Wells Fargo. ÒSoldiers to Summits helps veterans shatter the barriers in their lives. We are proud to be involved in this expedition.Ó

Along with two major training events this summer, expedition participants will take part in a multi-day service project prior to their expedition launch the first of September with summit date planned for September 11. At 14,505, Mt. Whitney is part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and is the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States.

To be a part of Mission: Mt. Whitney, veterans or soldiers can apply or be nominated beginning now through March 21. Ideal candidates Òpossess a desire to overcome their barriers and live a life of purpose,Ó and a wide range of disabilities including blindness, amputation, severe burns, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) can be accommodated. Candidates will need to dedicate themselves to several months of physical training and participate in pre- and post-program webinars, training and events. To apply, nominate or find out more, go to www.S2S2014.org.

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