A climbing expedition designed to help wounded veterans overcome barriers in their lives was announced today by Soldiers to Summits (S2S) and Wells Fargo.
The expedition, Mission: Mt. Whitney, is led by S2S, a program of No Barriers USA that uses mountains as a metaphor and training ground to help empower veterans to overcome barriers and live a life of purpose. Sponsor Wells Fargo & Company has committed $35 million through 2015 to support veterans, military members and their families with sustainable housing, career transition and financial education.
At 14,505, Mt. Whitney is part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and is the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States.
To be a part of Mission: Mt. Whitney, veterans or soldiers can apply or be nominated beginning today through March 21, 2014. Ideal candidates “possess a desire to overcome their barriers and live a life of purpose,” and a wide range of disabilities including blindness, amputation, severe burns, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) can be accommodated. Candidates will need to dedicate themselves to several months of physical training and participate in pre- and post-program webinars, training and events. To apply, nominate or find out more, go to S2S2014.org.