Wounded Warriors Participate in Therapeutic Recreation in Montana

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Volunteer Terry Kriegh, left, gives former Montana National Guard soldier, Sydney Hoffner, ski lessons during therapeutic recreation for veterans at Big Sky Ski Resort, Mont., Jan. 30, 2014. The Eagle Mount Bozeman Lasting Experiences for Military, or EMBLEM, program began in 2012. Retired Air Force Gen. Robert C. Mathis and his wife, Greta, founded the non-profit organization, Eagle Mount, in 1982 to help people with disabilities and young cancer patients. DOD photo by Michael J. MacLeod
  • Volunteer Terry Kriegh, left, teaches former Montana National Guard soldier, Sydney Hoffner, how to ski for the first time during therapeutic recreation for veterans at Big Sky Ski Resort, Mont., Jan. 30, 2014. DOD photo by Michael J. MacLeod
  • Navy Reserve Capt. Chris Smilek, left, provides ski instruction to retired Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ross MaGill, regional alumni manager for the Wounded Warrior Project, during therapeutic recreation for veterans at Big Sky Ski Resort, Mont., Jan. 30, 2014. DOD photo by Michael J. MacLeod
  • Navy Reserve Capt. Chris Smilek, back, provides ski instruction to retired Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ross MaGill, regional alumni manager for the Wounded Warrior Project, during recreation therapy for veterans at Big Sky Ski Resort, Mont., Jan. 30, 2014. DOD photo by Michael J. MacLeod
  • Joe Gavigan, a wounded warrior, rides a mono ski during recreation therapy at Big Sky Ski Resort, Mont., Jan. 30, 2014. Gavigan was injured while training as an Air Force cadet pilot. DOD photo by Michael J. MacLeod
  • Veteran Matt Szymanski skis during a recreation therapy event in Big Sky, Mont., Jan. 31, 2014. Szymanski is a medically retired infantry officer who served more than 16 years with the Michigan National Guard and several active-duty units based at Fort Bragg. DOD photo by Michael J. MacLeod
  • Sydney Hoffner, left, a former Montana National Guard soldier who struggles with PTSD, receives pointers from Navy Reserve Capt. Chris Smilek, a volunteer ski instructor, during a recreational therapy event for veterans at Big Sky Ski Resort, Mont., Jan. 31, 2014. DOD photo by Michael J. MacLeod
  • Matt Szymanski, left, a medically retired infantry officer, takes a break with his fiancé, Katie Carter, during a ski therapy event for wounded warriors in Big Sky, Mont., Jan. 31, 2014. DOD photo by Michael J. MacLeod
  • Medically retired Tech Sgt. Ryan Whitmore, left, rides a chairlift with Navy Reserve Capt. Chris Smilek, center, a ski instructor, and retired Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ross Magill during a recreational therapy event for veterans at Big Sky Ski Resort, Mont., Jan. 31, 2014. Whitmore was struck by three roadside bombs while serving with the U.S. Air Force in Iraq. DOD photo by Michael J. MacLeod
  • Navy Reserve Capt. Chris Smilek, left, a ski instructor, and retired Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Ross Magill ski one of more than 250 runs during a recreational therapy event for veterans at Big Sky Ski Resort, Mont., Jan. 31, 2014. DOD photo by Michael J. MacLeod
  • Joe Gavigan, a wounded warrior, rides a mono ski during a recreational therapy program for veterans at Big Sky Ski Resort, Mont., Jan. 31, 2014. DOD photo by Michael J. MacLeod
  • Joe Gavigan rides a mono ski during a therapeutic recreation program for veterans at Big Sky Ski Resort, Mont., Jan. 31, 2014. DOD photo by Michael J. MacLeod