The 2018 No Barriers Warriors Grand Canyon Veteran Wilderness Expedition funded by Raytheon Company, is seeking disabled veterans in Alabama, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to consider applying.
No Barriers USA, a nonprofit organization in Fort Collins, CO, organizes life-
changing experiences for youth, veterans, and people with disabilities.
No Barriers improves the lives of veterans with disabilities through curriculum-based experiences in challenging environments.
Their experiences serve as both an opportunity for growth and a catalyst for change as these brave men and women stretch physical and emotional boundaries, foster camaraderie, pioneer through adversity, and step up and serve others.
(Learn More. No Barriers Warriors and Raytheon partnered in 2016 to take a group of 14 veterans down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Courtesy of No Barriers USA and YouTube. Posted on Dec 12, 2016)
Through experiences that are one part adventure, one part curriculum and one part physical challenge, No Barriers show veterans that what’s within them is stronger than what is in front of them.
The mission of No Barriers USA is to unleash the potential of the human spirit.
In October, the non-profit No Barriers USA organization will once again lead a team of 14 disabled veterans on a nine-day journey of discoveries and challenges in the Grand Canyon.
Disabled veterans from all military branches and eras of service can apply.
To be considered for this year’s expedition, disabled veterans should apply by July 15, 2018, through the No Barriers Warriors website.
(See More. No Barriers Warriors and Raytheon partnered in 2015 to take a group of 10 veterans down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Courtesy of No Barriers USA and YouTube. Posted on Jan 13, 2016)
Once selected, team members must train for the journey and commit to a nine-day rafting adventure through the Grand Canyon. Participants pay nothing for the expedition; Raytheon underwrites the entire trip.
“I have witnessed the transformative power of No Barriers expeditions,” said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems president.
“These are truly life-changing experiences for veterans seeking to improve their quality of life.”
By fusing a comprehensive curriculum involving structured group dialogues with physically challenging activities such as long-distance hiking and rafting, disabled veterans team up to gain new strategies and skills that help them confront and overcome the barriers they face.
This is the fifth year Raytheon and No Barriers have partnered for a veteran wilderness expedition.
Previous journeys took teams to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and Wind River Range in Wyoming.
To learn More about No Barriers USA, please visit https://www.nobarriersusa.org/ and follow on Facebook and Twitter.
(Using mountains as metaphor, the Soldiers to Summits Veteran Wilderness Expedition helps veterans harness adversities to shatter personal barriers and reclaim lives. Courtesy of Courtesy of No Barriers USA and YouTube. Posted on Mar 13, 2013)