BOCA RATON, Fla.--(MyBrightMountain.com, the web’s newest independent news source and shopping and information portal, today announced its second annual program with the adaptive sports nonprofit group Paradox Sports to climb three iconic U.S. peaks with injured veterans. The program was launched on Sept. 11, 2012 with the ascent of the 13,770-foot-high Grand Teton in Wyoming with disabled Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, including amputees.)--
“These climbs are about reaching beyond the boundaries that society – or even ourselves – may put on us because we happened to have been injured in war”
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The 2013 MyBrightMountain.com Veterans Climbs will take place on the follow dates and peaks:
- Memorial Day – Mount Rainier near Seattle Washington.
- Sept. 11, 2013 – El Capitan in Yosemite National Park
- Veteran’s Day – Mount Lemmon, Tucson, Ariz.
“These climbs are about reaching beyond the boundaries that society – or even ourselves – may put on us because we happened to have been injured in war,” said Chad Jukes, who lost his right leg below his knee due to a bomb in Iraq. “For many of us, climbing these peaks is about living life to its fullest no matter the challenges we face.”
Jukes, a bugler, played Taps at the summit of Grand Teton on Sept. 11 in solemn tribute to those who died on that day 11 years ago and in the conflicts afterward.
“Climbing Grand Teton profoundly touched not only those who made it to the top, but also the lives of countless others,” said W. Kip Speyer, president of MyBrightMountain.com. “We’re excited to provide many more opportunities for former sailors and soldiers to experience the country’s majestic peaks next year and for many years to come.”
Paradox Sports, based in Boulder, Colo., will coordinate the climbs with professional guides, many who are veterans themselves.
“There are few experiences like working with those that have physical challenges to make these climbs,” said Tim O’Neill, executive director of Paradox Sports. “For the climbers, the sense of accomplishment and of overcoming incredible physical and mental obstacles is overwhelming.”
For more information about Paradox Sports, visit the website www.paradoxsports.org, Facebook (www.facebook.com/ParadoxSportsMakesItHappen) or follow them on Twitter (https://twitter.com/paradox_sports).