March was a milestone for Supporting Wounded Veterans – we now have 87 mentors and 85% of our veterans who have been through our programmes are in meaningful occupation, training or employment. In addition, for the fifth year running we took 25 medically discharged wounded veterans for a week’s “skihabilitation” to kick start their recovery and set forth on the piste to meaningful life and employment.
“Today is the second best day of my life. The first was when I walked again after being blown up and today was the second when I got back on skis” 2017 Veteran
All of us out in Klosters were unanimously inspired by their phenomenal courage and how they cope with their injuries, both physical and psychological, on a daily basis. Watching the bravery of first time skiers, many of whom live with chronic pain, as they courageously pointed their skis downhill was awe inspiring and puts life into perspective.
“My whole experience with SWV has restored my faith in the human race and has pulled me out of a very dark place” 2017 Veteran
Each one has now been allocated a trained business or personal mentor to help them identify goals, develop professional skills and work towards a fulfilling future.
The Veterans’ Family Support Network weekend took place at the beginning of April; this gives the veterans and their often isolated family members an opportunity to meet each other, their mentors and buddies in a compassionate environment.
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