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Empower Veterans to overcome challenges associated with military service through outdoor training and leadership.
In 2010, we started Veterans Expeditions (VetEx) because we saw the power of military veterans leading and participating in the "nature assisted therapy" that occurs spontaneously on our trips. Much like our military experience, we saw bonds form that lasted long after the end of each trip. We knew the positive impact of being part of something bigger than ourselves again, especially when facing the challenges of transitioning from military service to civilian life.
2016 has been our best year yet at Veterans Expeditions. This year alone we served over 500 vets by getting them out on a wide range of trips across the nation. Some highlights from 2016 include:
The 3rd annual VetFest Ice Climbing Festival in North Conway, NH
Our first annual Pacific Northwest Series summits of Mt. Hood OR, Mt. Shasta CA, Little Tahoma, WA, and Mt. Rainier, WA twice via the Emmons Glacier and Liberty Ridge
Our 4th annual Alaska Fly fishing expedition was another huge success paddling over 100 miles of pristine and remote river
Our 7th annual 9/11 Climbing series, hiked 22 miles in 18 hours and summited 8 peaks in Colorado