You can teach a “devil dog” new tricks - Northport VA Medical Center
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You can teach a “devil dog” new tricks

Marine OIF Veteran Tremain Wade hits the slopes at an adaptive skiing camp in New Hampshire.

Marine OIF Veteran Tremain Wade hits the slopes at an adaptive skiing camp in New Hampshire.

Friday, March 4, 2011
Untitled Document Northport VA Medical Center recently received a special invitation to participate in the New England Disabled Sports Program's Ski and Ride Development Camp at Loon Mountain, NH, which offers a full weekend of instruction, lodging, and ski passes to disabled veterans.

23-year-old, OEF/OIF Marine Corps Veteran Tremain Wade, accompanied by Northport VAMC Blind Rehabilitation Specialist and Adaptive Sports Program Coordinator Ed Richards, LCSW, participated in this amazing winter weekend adventure.

Wade had never skied in a “bucket ski,” so balancing and steering one became the focus of his lessons, which were provided by U.S. Army Colonel Tim Watson and camp team member Cathal Mcgloin. According to his trainers, Tremain’s “can do” attitude allowed him to very successfully ski Loon Mountain, top to bottom!

The weekend would not have been possible without Rob Mueller, Managing Director, and Geoff Krill, Sports Director, both of the New England Disabled Sports Program, “where boundaries are broken.”

With the same goal, Northport VAMC will be hosting its second adaptive sports clinic on June 16. This clinic is sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network, the United States Olympic Committee/Paralympic Division, and the NY/NJ Veterans Healthcare Network. For more information about the clinic and ongoing summer activities, call Ed Richards at (631) 261-4400, ext. 2113.

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