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Wintergreen Resort Hosts 10th Annual Wounded Warrior Weekend

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NELSON COUNTY - A group of soldiers and veterans injured in battle took on the challenge of skiing at Wintergreen Resort Saturday.

More than 30 wounded warriors hit the slopes during the 10th annual Warrior Weekend.

Wintergreen Adaptive Sports was one of the first ski programs in the country to start a weekend to honor men and women who have fought for our freedom.

Now a decade later, it is continuing to help push the soldiers to their full potential.

Veteran Dustin Johns used strength and stability to move along the top of the mountain at Wintergreen Resort on a mono ski.

“It's a little bit of an upper body workout,” Johns said. “As long as you don't fall down too many times, you should be alright I think.”

Johns lost both of his legs in November 2011 after stepping on a bomb in Afghanistan.

But that hasn't stopped him from hitting the slopes.

Warrior Weekend at Wintergreen is dedicated to soldiers like Johns and their families.

“This was a way to learn something new and then also come back and become an instructor and give back in the program,” said Adaptive Sports instructor Matthew Staton.

Staton, a combat wounded veteran, became an instructor after working with the Adaptive Sports Program. He says the weekend is also helpful for his daughter.

“She's here this weekend so she gets to ski with the kids,” he said. “It gives her a chance to ski with other soldiers and children who are going through a lot of the same things.”

It's an experience that lets wounded warriors live their life to the fullest.

“It's really good for us just to, kind of, get away,” Johns said. “We drove up here 5 hours from North Carolina, but it's worth it.”

“You have equality of life,” Staton said. “You adapt to it, but you become known for your abilities and not your disabilities. And this program helps show that.”

The Wintergreen Adaptive Sports Program has worked with hundreds of soldiers over the past ten years.

The annual Wounded Veteran's Banquet was held Saturday after everyone was finished skiing.

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