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Wounded warriors group to visit Canaan Valley

February 8, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

A group of wounded/injured warriors will return to West Virginia to enjoy outdoor activities, including skiing at Canaan Valley State Park and visiting the West Virginia University-Louisville basketball game.

This is the ninth program hosted by the Gathering of Mountain Eagles, a nonprofit group of former soldiers and family members who established the volunteer organization to provide adventure activities, recreational and relaxation opportunities to those wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq or injured in the line of duty.

From Thursday to Sunday, about 20 soldiers from Warrior Transition Units at Ft. Belvoir and Ft. Eustis, Va., as well as Marines convalescing at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va., will be challenged by the winter activities and thanked by West Virginians throughout their stay.

Skiing and snowboarding instruction will be provided by the Challenged Athletes of West Virginia from Snowshoe Resort with assistance from the Student Veterans Organization from Davis and Elkins College.

On the first evening, soldiers and Marines will be greeted with some local West Virginia music provided by the "GinSangers" from Elkins. Their blend of jazz, blues, country, swing, rock and folk will set the tone for a warm welcome.

After the basketball game on Saturday, the group will have the final dinner at the Preston County Inn in Kingwood prior to an overnight stay at Camp Dawson

The Gathering of Mountain Eagles helps wounded/injured active-duty service members and veterans regain skills and confidence in controlled outdoor adventure environments sometime known as "adventure therapy." The organization also provides a concrete way for Americans to thank wounded warriors and their families for their selfless service.

Additional information is available by calling Woody Aurentz at 757-286-9877 or emailing



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