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Wounded Warriors at Winhdam Mountain

Posted at: 01/11/2013 4:37 PM
Updated at: 01/11/2013 6:32 PM
By: Benita Zahn

Despite the gray skies it was all smiles at Windham Mountain today. 

   It's the 9th Annual Wounded Warrior Ski and Board weekend, co-sponsored by the Adaptive Sports Foundation.

  It's the biggest group yet; 31 veterans from across the country, 13 are women.

  They've all served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For Manny Pina, retired from the Army, the loss of his leg could have kept him on the sidelines, but the invite to this event, three years ago, changed his life.

"One of the challenges in the beginning" says Pina, "when I lost my leg, you know, I got an email in 2009 and you want this Puerto Rican to do what. And then on one leg. But in the Army we have a motto that says adapt and overcome. So I adapted and overcame. Now I'm a level one adaptive ski instructor."


    Now Manny's teaching and encouraging other wounded warriors to 'take to' the slopes.
    The weekend event provides the vets time to share their stories and learn a new activity they can share with friends and family.


   Congressman Chris Gibson, a veteran, was the luncheon speaker.