Safeway continues support of veterans with $25K check to Vail Veterans Program
On May 17, the Safeway Foundation continued its partnership with the Vail Veterans Program with a $25,000 grant that will provide rehabilitative programs for wounded veterans, their caregivers and their families. Since 2012, the Safeway Foundation has donated $210,000 to support the needs of wounded veterans and their families.
The check presentation in Vail included officials of Safeway, members of the Vail Veterans Program and wounded veterans. Retired Navy Lt. Daniel Strausbaugh shared his journey after his injury and how the programs have impacted his life. He’s now training full-time in Crested Butte for snowboardcross and is a 2022 Paralympic hopeful.
Celebrating 15 years
Established in 2004, Vail Veterans Program offers severely wounded veterans and their families the opportunity to benefit from the healing environment of the Rocky Mountains. What began as a one-time ski trip has evolved to year-round programming impacting the lives of over 3,000 people.
Annually, Vail Veterans Program serves 500 wounded vets and their families and caregivers. In 2019, the Vail Veterans Program is celebrating its 15th anniversary. All programs are offered at no cost to the veterans.
Summer programs include an annual golf outing as well as a summer family program that includes rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding and fly-fishing.
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